Journal of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
versión impresa ISSN 1676-2649
SOUZA, Victor M. de Andrade et al. West Syndrome, autism and epilepsy: resolution of the epilepsy and recover of autism after surgery . J. epilepsy clin. neurophysiol. [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.1, pp. 33-37. ISSN 1676-2649. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1676-26492008000100008.
INTRODUCTION: Some reports have indicated that one third of children with autistic spectrum disorder will present at least one seizure untill early adolescence. The association between autism and epilepsy is recognized but remains unresolved and poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: The authors present a child with autistic spectrum disorder and infantile spasms in the first year of life who underwent resective surgery for intractable epilepsy and discuss aspects of this relationship. CONCLUSION: Despite a growing number of studies involving autism and epilepsy we must point out how is the evidence that recurrent seizures or abnormal electrical activity can cause cognitive, language or behavioral abnormalities and what is the ideal treatment for these children in whom a neurodevelopmental disorder coexists with epilepsy.
Palabras llave : Autism; autistic regression; epilepsy; infantile spams.