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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 224-225

Early-onset pure absence epilepsy with eyebrow myoclonia

Department of Neonatal, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, BL Kapur (BLK) Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India; Epilepsy Services, Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Web Publication12-Jan-2017

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Puneet Jain
Epilepsy Services, Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (M5G 1X8)

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.198184

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Jain P. Early-onset pure absence epilepsy with eyebrow myoclonia. Neurol India 2017;65:224-5

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A 3.5-year-old girl presented with daily seizures for the last 2 months. The episode consisted of brief spells of vacant stare with no postictal events, occurring 20–30 times in a day. There were no other seizure types seen. A cognitive decline, behavioural abnormalities, or abnormal body movements were also not observed. Her examination was unremarkable. Hyperventilation precipitated the events. Her video electroencephalogram is shown in Video 1 [Figure 1]. The final diagnosis of early-onset pure absence epilepsy with eyebrow myoclonia was made. She was started on oral valproate at a dose of 15 mg/kg/day, and became seizure-free after 7 days.
Figure 1: EEG in the reported case: The record shows abrupt onset 3-Hz monomorphic generalized high amplitude spike wave discharges with no intra-discharge frequency variation or fragmentation

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Early-onset pure absence epilepsy is characterized by the onset of absences occurs in patients who are in the age range of from a few months to 4 years. These patients have a normal neurodevelopment, a good response to anticonvulsant drugs, and a normal intellectual outcome.[1] These seizures may be associated with paroxysmal dyskinesias.[2] Mutations in SLC2A1 (encoding the glucose transporter) account for approximately 10% cases of early-onset pure absence epilepsy.[3] Our patient had the onset of seizures since she was 3.5 years of age. This, however, was not associated with any movement disorder.

Typical absence seizures may be associated with myoclonic jerks, which are restricted to a very limited area of the face or neck. Capovilla et al.,[4] described them in 10/12 children with typical absence seizures of the eyebrow (n = 4), perioral region (n = 4), sternocleidomastoid (n = 2), nostril (n = 1), and chin (n = 1). All these children showed a good response to anticonvulsant drugs. Thus, myoclonic jerks occurring in the context of typical absence seizures do not worsen the prognosis.[4] Other distinct absence syndromes with a prominent myoclonic component include epilepsy with myoclonic absences, absences with eyelid myoclonia, and absences with perioral myoclonia.

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The author is grateful to the EEG technicians, Mr Sajo and Mr Arjun.

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Verrotti A, Agostinelli S, Olivieri C, Chiarelli F, Curatolo P. Early-onset pure absence epilepsy: A distinct epileptic syndrome. Acta Paediatr 2011;100:647-50.  Back to cited text no. 1
Guerrini R, Sanchez-Carpintero R, Deonna T, Santucci M, Bhatia KP, Moreno T, et al. Early-onset absence epilepsy and paroxysmal dyskinesia. Epilepsia 2002;43:1224-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
Larsen J, Johannesen KM, Ek J, Tang S, Marini C, Blichfeldt S, et al. The role of SLC2A1 mutations in myoclonic astatic epilepsy and absence epilepsy, and the estimated frequency of GLUT1 deficiency syndrome. Epilepsia 2015;56:e203-8.  Back to cited text no. 3
Capovilla G, Rubboli G, Beccaria F, Lorenzetti ME, Montagnini A, Resi C, et al. A clinical spectrum of the myoclonic manifestations associated with typical absences in childhood absence epilepsy. A video-polygraphic study. Epileptic Disord 2001;3:57-62.  Back to cited text no. 4


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