Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy easily treated and easily overlooked Article

Haller, J, Resnick, TJ. (1989). Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy easily treated and easily overlooked . 4(2), 207-211.

cited authors

  • Haller, J; Resnick, TJ

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  • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is an heritable nonprogressive syndrome beginning in pre or early adolescence. It is characterized initially by the presence of jerks, usually of the upper extremities, commonly occurring shortly after awakening and in certain stages of sleep. Within 1-3 years generalized tonic clonic or clonic tonic seizures appear. Absence seizures occur in up to 40% of patients with JME. There is a strong family history of seizures in siblings and first degree relatives and recent linkage studies suggest that the gene for JME is located on chromosome 6. The electrographic features include bilaterally synchronous, rapid multi-spike and wave or 3 Hz spike and slow wave activity. Seizures are controlled in the majority of patients with valproate but relapse is common with discontinuation of medication.

publication date

  • January 1, 1989

start page

  • 207

end page

  • 211


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