AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Beyond Seizure Control: Even Seizure-free, Children with Epilepsy can Face Social Problems as Adults

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Lurie Children’s-led study highlights importance of screening kids with epilepsy for learning and behavioral problems 

According to researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, learning difficulties and behavioral problems during childhood can lead to suboptimal social and educational outcomes among young adults. This can still occur even when the seizures are well under control of if the disease is in remission. “Frequency and intensity of seizures remain important predictors of how well a child does into adulthood, but somewhat to our surprise we also found seizures are by no means the sole influencers of social and educational outcomes among adults with childhood epilepsy,” says study lead author Anne Berg, PhD, a scientist with the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Lurie Children’s and professor of pediatrics and neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. To read more, click here

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