Occipital lobe epilepsy

Occipital lobe epilepsy of symptomatic origin can be difficult to diagnose in children because seizure spread masks initial symptoms. Ictal elementary visual hallucinations (coloured blobs, flashes of light), associated to peripheral visual field deficit (hemianopia) are typical. Lateral movements of the eyes are frequent. Perinatal ischaemic insults and cortical malformations are frequent causes. Sturge-Weber syndrome, coeliac disease, Lafora disease, and mitochondrial disorders also cause occipital seizures. Interictal EEG abnormalities are usually increased during eye-closure

If you have a child who you think may have this condition and you would like us to review the diagnosis or provide genetic testing please contact us at neuroscience@meyer.it.