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Comorbidities in Children and Adolescents with Seizures

Principal Investigator:
Cynthia
Salorio

This current study will examine symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, anxiety, and mood problems in a large, clinical sample of children and adolescents with epilepsy. In addition to identifying symptoms commonly reported within the epilepsy sample, comparisons will be made between the epilepsy sample and other “pure” clinical pediatric samples, such as children diagnosed with ADHD and mood disorders, in order to identify symptom presentations that may be unique to children with epilepsy.

This study will be a retrospective record review of children and adolescents with epilepsy or with other clinical disorders who received an outpatient neuropsychological evaluation at Kennedy Krieger Institute from January 2008 through October 2014. Data will be extracted from the Department of Neuropsychology's clinical database, which holds patient information and data collected in the course of routine clinical assessments. If there is missing data, a review of available medication records will attempt to complete the data set. A variety of different statistical methods, including descriptive statistics, correlations, and between group analyses of variance, will be used to characterize the presentation of inattention, hyperactivity, anxiety, and mood symptoms in childhood onset epilepsy and compare the symptom profile with children who have other childhood disorders.

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