The Syndrome of Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy

  • P. Tinuper
  • G. Plazzi
  • F. Provini
  • A. Cerullo
  • E. Lugaresi


Partial epileptic seizures may arise in any point of the cerebral cortex. The clinical aspect of one seizure depends on the site of onset and the cortical area involved by the ictal discharge. Most of our knowledge of the semiological features of frontal partial seizures comes from stereotactic electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings of the seizures in patients undergoing functional neurosurgery for medically refractory partial epileptic seizures [1–9]. These studies describe attacks characterized by vocalization, screaming and complex motor behavior with bimanual and bipedal activity. Seizures are often nocturnal and tend to recur in clusters. Scalp EEG may be misleading in localizing the epileptic foci, in particular in seizures originating from the frontal lobes, due to the presence of large mesial and orbital surfaces [10].


Frontal Lobe Frontal Lobe Epilepsy Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy Autosomal Dominant Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy Paroxysmal Dystonia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Tinuper
    • 1
  • G. Plazzi
    • 1
  • F. Provini
    • 1
  • A. Cerullo
    • 1
  • E. Lugaresi
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di NeurologiaUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly

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