Attentional disorders in patients with complex partial epilepsy

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A study of concentrated attention patterns in epileptic patients was conducted with the objectives: characterization of the patients' epileptic condition; assessment of the concentrated attention levels in epileptic and nonepileptic individuals; comparison of the attention levels of the two groups. An evaluation was performed of 50 adult outpatients with complex partial seizures and 20 non-epileptic individuals (comparative group) at the Neuroepilepsy Ambulatory Unit, State University of Campinas SP, Brazil. Method: characterization of seizure types, frequency and duration; concentrated attention assessment (Concentrated Attention Test - Toulouse-Piéron); comparison of the epileptic with non-epileptic individuals. Results: A statistically significant difference was observed between the groups with regard to Correct Response, Wrong Response and No Response. A difference was observed in relation to Time, but it was statistically insignificant. The epileptic patients presented inferior cognitive performance in relation to concentrated attention when compared with the non-epileptic individuals, findings compatible with the clinical complaints.



Attention, Complex partial epilepsy, Neuropsychology, adult, attention deficit disorder, clinical article, cognition, complex partial seizure, controlled study, focal epilepsy, human, outpatient, statistical significance, Adult, Case-Control Studies, Cognition Disorders, Epilepsy, Complex Partial, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Statistics, Nonparametric, Time Factors

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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, v. 61, n. 2 B, p. 335-338, 2003.