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Epilepsy and Memory$
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Adam Zeman, Narinder Kapur, and Marilyn Jones-Gotman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580286.001.0001

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Memory in children with epilepsy

Memory in children with epilepsy

(p.102) Chapter 6 Memory in children with epilepsy
Epilepsy and Memory

Mary Lou Smith

Esther Direnfeld

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews recent studies on memory associated with idiopathic generalized epilepsies and with localization-related epilepsies. It also examines the impact of epilepsy surgery on children's memory. It shows that memory deficits are common across epilepsy syndromes. The prevalence and severity of memory deficits may be especially relevant to temporal lobe epilepsy. Although some studies have identified improvement and others deterioration in memory after epilepsy surgery, the majority show no change over time. Further work is needed to identify the exact nature of memory deficits in children with epilepsy and the factors that contribute to such deficits.

Keywords:   children's memory, memory impairment, epilepsy surgery, temporal lobe epilepsy

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