Patients with epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: An inpatient video-EEG monitoring study

Jagan A. Pillai, Sheryl R. Haut

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Seizure and EEG characteristics of patients with epilepsy and concomitant psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) were compared to age and sex matched controls with epilepsy alone in a retrospective case control study. 39 patients with clearly documented epileptic and non-epileptic events were compared to 78 age and sex matched controls, sequentially admitted for video-EEG monitoring with documentation of epilepsy alone. Frontal seizures were higher in prevalence in patients with PNES who had concomitant epilepsy (P < 0.001), while temporal seizures were higher in prevalence in patients with epilepsy alone (P < 0.04). On regression analysis, the odds of having a frontal seizure was found to be significantly lower in the epilepsy alone group compared to the epilepsy + PNES group (odds ratio 0.13, 95% CI, 0.033-0.51). This significant association between frontal lobe epilepsy and PNES may be related to misattribution of frontal seizures for PNES events, or may reflect frontal lobe cortical dysfunction in this subgroup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012



  • Frontal lobe dysfunction
  • Frontal seizures
  • PNES
  • Psychogenic non-epileptic seizure disorder
  • Temporal seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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