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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2014, Article ID 624309, 8 pages
Review Article

The Syndrome of Absence Status Epilepsy: Review of the Literature

1Epilepsy Center, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Federico II University of Naples, 80131 Naples, Italy
2Institute of Biostructure and Bioimaging, CNR and Department of Biomorphological Sciences, Federico II University, 80131 Naples, Italy
3Neurology Outpatients Service, Naples Local Health Unit, 80100 Naples, Italy

Received 9 October 2013; Revised 14 December 2013; Accepted 19 December 2013; Published 10 February 2014

Academic Editor: Louis Lemieux

Copyright © 2014 Leonilda Bilo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The authors review the literature for cases fulfilling the criteria for the proposed idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndrome (IGE) of absence status epilepsy described by Genton et al. (2008). Difficulties arising in diagnosing such cases are remarked, and possible overlapping with other proposed IGE syndromes is discussed.