September 16, 2021

Early-Onset Eyelid Stereotypies are a Frequent and Distinctive Feature in Dravet Syndrome

Abstract, originally published in Seizure.

Dravet syndrome (DS) is a severe infantile-onset epilepsy syndrome featuring drug resistant epilepsy, global developmental delay and intellectual disability. In addition to ataxia and progressive crouch gait, Parkinsonism has recently been reported as characteristic in young adults with DS. We describe 5 patients out of a series of 23 patients with DS who present between 12 and 24 months of age with repetitive episodes of eyelid closure, sometimes as fast as eye blinking or flickering. Consistent lack of any EEG correlate in serial video-EEG ruled out an epileptic origin. We propose that this movement disorder, namely ‘eyelid stereotypies’, might be an early motor trait of SCN1A-associated Dravet syndrome.

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