What is it about?

We looked for epilepsy and abnormal EEG in 90 children with ASD and 40 with ADHD attending a public hospital in Delhi, India. 56 (43%) had epilepsy and 55 (42.3%) had IED (Abnormal EEG). Among children with ASD, epilepsy was common in those with severe ASD (P < 0.001).

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Why is it important?

The high prevalence of epilepsy and IED among children with ASD and ADHD emphasizes the need for guidelines for identifying and diagnosing epilepsy in this group - so as to improve management and thereby patient outcomes.


This study shows that we need to have a low threshold for diagnosing and managing epilepsy in this sub-group, and get an EEG in all children, if seizures are suspected.

Dr Devendra Mishra
Maulana Azad Medical College

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This page is a summary of: Prevalence of Epilepsy and Inter-Ictal Epileptiform Discharges in Children with Autism and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, The Indian Journal of Pediatrics, May 2019, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s12098-019-02977-6.
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