Journal article

Family studies of individuals with eyelid myoclonia with absences

Lynette G Sadleir, Danya Vears, Brigid Regan, Natalie Redshaw, Andrew Bleasel, Ingrid E Scheffer

EPILEPSIA | WILEY | Published : 2012

Abstract

PURPOSE: Eyelid myoclonia with absences (EM) is an uncommon type of absence seizure associated with a variety of epilepsy syndromes. The syndrome of epilepsy with EM (EMA) has been proposed to denote the onset of frequent EM induced by eye closure and photic stimulation beginning in childhood. The clinical genetics of EMA has not been well characterized, although a family history of seizures is not infrequent. METHODS: Individuals with EMA were ascertained by referral and through the investigators' clinical practices. All available family members were assessed for seizures using a validated seizure questionnaire. Electroclinical data were obtained on each proband and all affected family memb..

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