Cortical Auditory Dysfunction in Childhood Epilepsy: Electrophysiologic Evidence

Author(s): Heather M. Wied, Peter F. Morrison, Barry Gordon, Andrew W. Zimmerman, Eileen P. Vining, Dana F. Boatman.

Journal Name:Current Pediatric Reviews

Volume 3 , Issue 4 , 2007

Abstract:

Children with epilepsy are at increased risk for language impairments. Recent studies have suggested that abnormal cortical processing of complex sounds, including speech, may be a contributing factor. Cortical auditory evoked potentials provide an objective, non-invasive method for assessing auditory function in children. We begin with an overview of the cortical auditory system, cortical auditory evoked potentials, and childhood epilepsies. This overview provides a framework for reviewing recent studies using auditory evoked potentials to evaluate sound processing in children with epilepsy. Clinical implications, methodological considerations, and directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: Auditory evoked potentials, auditory cortex, epilepsy

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VOLUME: 3
ISSUE: 4
Year: 2007
Page: [317 - 327]
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.2174/157339607782411556
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