MYOCLONUS EPILEPSY AND RAGGED-RED FIBERS (MERRF) .2. ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL STUDIES AND COMPARISON WITH OTHER PROGRESSIVE MYOCLONUS EPILEPSIES
N SO, S BERKOVIC, F ANDERMANN, R KUZNIECKY, D GENDRON, LF QUESNEY
BRAIN | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 1989
Electrophysiological studies (EEG, evoked potentials, nerve conduction and EMG) in 13 patients with myoclonus epilepsy with ragged red fibres (MERRF) are presented. The most notable findings are the presence of atypical irregular generalized spike and wave discharges arising from an abnormal EEG background (9 patients), focal epileptiform abnormalities (6 patients) most commonly over the occipital regions and giant cortical SEPs (4 of 6 patients tested). Similar findings of disturbed EEG background activity, generalized spike and wave discharges and giant cortical SEPs appear to be shared by the group of diseases characterized by progressive myoclonus epilepsy.