Investigating the complications associated with Rolandic epilepsy

Rolandic epilepsy (RE) is one of the most common paediatric epilepsy syndromes, affecting approximately 10,000 children in the UK, usually between the ages of 3 and 13. Those affected usually suffer either simple partial seizures, often involving the mouth and face, or generalized tonic-clonic seizures. RE is often referred to as benign, as most children ‘outgrow’ it during adolescence; however this term is misleading because it can lead to an underestimation (by both parents and clinicians) of the developmental problems caused by the condition.

Research to date has revealed a lot of information about the potential language complications that can result from RE. However more investigation is needed to find out about other possible consequences, for example attention impairment, difficulties with social interaction and motor co-ordination.

 Professor Deb Pal and colleagues at King’s College London are investigating the complications associated with Rolandic epilepsy and hope to highlight potential new assessments and interventions for RE, which will be evaluated in future studies.

This research has been funded by The Waterloo Foundation.

Read more about this research investigating the complications associated with Rolandic epilepsy here.

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