Epilepsy and epileptiform EEG: Association with autism and language disorders

Karen Ballaban-Gil, Roberto Tuchman

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The relationship between epilepsy, language, behavior, and cognition is not well understood. Developmental and acquired disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders, Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, electrical status epilepticus in sleep, and developmental dysphasias have been associated with epileptiform abnormalities. These disorders share many common features and raise important questions regarding this intricate relationship. This article reviews these disorders and discusses the proposed interaction between epileptiform abnormalities and cognitive dysfunction. Diagnostic and treatment issues will also be reviewed. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-308
Number of pages9
JournalMental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 19 2000


  • Acquired epileptic aphasia
  • Autism
  • Developmental dysphasia
  • EEG abnormalities
  • Electrical status epilepticus in sleep
  • Epilepsy
  • Landau-Kleffner syndrome
  • Pervasive developmental disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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