Temporal lobe epilepsy in children: Executive and mnestic impairments

Patricia Rzezak, Kette D. Valente, Michael S. Duchowny

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The current definition of epilepsy emphasizes the importance of cognitive impairment for a complete understanding of the disorder. Cognitive deficits have distinct functional manifestations that differentially impact the daily life experiences of children and adolescents with epilepsy and are a particular concern as they frequently impair academic performance. In particular, memory impairment and executive dysfunction are common disabilities in adults with temporal lobe epilepsy but are less easily recognized and studied in the pediatric population. This review focuses on the consequences of early-onset temporal lobe epilepsy for the development of memory and executive function and discusses current theories to explain these deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-122
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Attention
  • Epilepsy
  • Executive function
  • Memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology


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