1995 issue 1


Volume 4, issue 1


Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

Włodzimierz Kuran1, Krystyna Niedzielska1
1. Kliniki Diagnostyki i Terapii Chorób Układu Nerwowego i Zakładu EEG/EMG IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1995, 4, 87-91
Keywords: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, diagnostics, treatment


Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), a syndrome belonging to the group of generalized itiopathic epilepsy, is described. Clinical characterization of the syndrome includes three types of epilieptic fits: loss of consciousness, myoclonic fits, and GM attacks – occurring in this order in adolescence, together with a specific EEG pattern. Despite its rather high prevalence rate, JME is seldom recognized. Reasons for this failure are analyzed. Moreover, detailed therapeutic recommendations are given and prognostic perspectives are outlined.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Włodzimierz Kuran,
Klinika Diagnostyki i Terapii Chorób Układu Nerwowego,
Al. Sobieskiego 1/9,
02-957 Warszawa