Introduction Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus (BNSM), first described in 1982 by Coulter and Allen , is the non-epileptic condition most frequently confused with epileptic seizures during infancy. The etiology is uncertain: transient dysfunction of the serotoninergic system, a benign disturbance of the brainstem reticular activating system involved with initiation and synchronization of sleep and a genetic predisposition have been suggested by some authors.
Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus Darja Paro-Panjan Journal of Pediatric Neurology; 2010; 8, 1; Docstoc pg. 9 Reproduced with permission of the copyright
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