Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus mimicking status epilepticus


Turanli G., Senbil N., Altunbasak S. , Topcu M.

JOURNAL OF CHILD NEUROLOGY, vol.19, no.1, pp.62-63, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/08830738040190010708
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF CHILD NEUROLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.62-63

Abstract

Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus is a self-limited movement disorder characterized by neonatal-onset myoclonic jerks only during sleep, abrupt and consistent cessation with arousal, and absence of concomitant electrographic changes suggestive of seizures. It has a good outcome and was included in the differential diagnosis of neonatal seizures. A presumed transient serotonin imbalance and genetic factors may play a role in the pathogenesis of this disorder. We report a case of benign neonatal sleep myoclonus mimicking status epilepticus in an infant with a family history of nocturnal myoclonus, tic disorder, and sleep disturbance. We suggest that this benign entity should be included in the differential diagnosis of status epilepticus during the newborn period.