Differential diagnosis of epileptic and non-epileptic paroxysmal disorders is one of the most difficult diagnostic problems in Epileptology. A frequent combination of epileptic and non-epileptic seizures in a patient makes the diagnosis particularly difficult. As a rule, 30% of patients with verified epilepsy have non-epileptic seizures as well (both psychogenic and organic ones). Non-epileptic paroxysmal events may mimic epilepsy. The duration, place, timing of the attacks, and state of conciousness may confuse pediatricians about the diagnosis of epilepsy and non epileptic paroxysmal events.
Anna Voitiuk, T. Litovchenko, ÃÂ¢. Markova