Introduction Benign myoclonus of early infancy was described in 1977 by Lombroso and Fejerman , who reported children with episodes resembling infantile spasms but with different clinical and electroencephalography (EEG) features and outcome allowing clear differentiation from West syndrome. [...] the main criteria for the diagnosis of benign myoclonus of early infancy are the semiology of the events, their relation to the alert state and excitement, onset in the first year of life in a developmentally normal child, and normal awake and sleep EEG. Editorial comment The Editors prefer the term benign non-epileptic infantile spasms because each flexion in a salvo or run is closer in duration to a spasm than to a myoclonus, albeit with a different shape on surface EMG to an epileptic spasm.
Benign myoclonus of early infancy Federico Vigevano; Nicola Specchio Journal of Pediatric Neurology; 2010; 8, 1; Docstoc pg. 23 Reproduced with permission of the
Pages to are hidden for
"Benign myoclonus of early infancy"Please download to view full document