Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy starting in the eighth decade

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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) typically begins at age 10-17 years. We present two patients, with no previous history of epileptic seizures, in whom JME began after the age of 70. The clinical picture of these patients did not differ from "typical" JME except for the patient's age and age at epilepsy-onset. We suggest that not only symptomatic epilepsy, but also some idiopathic epilepsies, can begin or can be reactivated in elderly people. This may be more evidence that susceptibility to epileptic seizures is increased after 60 years of age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-345
Number of pages5
JournalEpileptic Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2007


  • Age
  • Aggravating effect of AEDs
  • Elderly
  • Idiopathic generalized epilepsy
  • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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