Rolandic epilepsy: An incidence study in Iceland

Arnar Astradsson, Elias Olafsson*, Petur Ludvigsson, Hilmar Björgvinsson, W. Allen Hauser

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Purpose: We wished to determine incidence, clinical features, and prognosis of benign rolandic seizures (BRS) and benign rolandic epilepsy (BRE) in a total population. Methods: Cases were ascertained through review of all EEG records, and diagnosis was verified by review of medical records. Follow-up information regarding seizures and treatment was obtained from parents and treating physicians. Results: In the Icelandic population aged 3-15 years, the incidence of BRS is 6.2 and BRE 4.7 in 100,000. Five years after onset 95% were seizure-free. At last follow-up, all were seizure free and had not been treated with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) for at least 1 year. Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that BRS is a common entity in children. The prognosis is excellent and treatment is not necessary in all cases. It is important to identify BRE/BRS correctly and distinguish it from other types of epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)884-886
Number of pages3
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Other keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Epilepsy
  • Iceland
  • Incidence
  • Rolandic
  • Seizure


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