Benign Focal Epilepsy of Childhood

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Older terms include Rolandic epilepsy or Sylvian fissure epilepsy. An epilepsy syndrome seen in children. It is characterised by focalaware seizures during sleep involving sensation changes around the face and tongue, gurgling noises may be heard by the parents and focal jerking of facial muscles is often seen. These sometimes progress into a tonic clonic seizure. There is a typical EEG, seizures are usually infrequent, often not requiring medication. The condition is usually outgrown during puberty.