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Does academic achievement in children with epilepsy change over time?

Joan K Austin et Al,

In Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 1999, 41: 471-479.

This is a 4 years follow-up study of children between age 11 and 17 years.

It compares children with epilepsy to children with asthma.

They divided the children in 4 groups according to the severity of the symptoms.

The results show that there is no change in academic achievements in any of the 4 groups over the 4 years of the study.

Children with inactive and low-severity epilepsy performed in accordance to national norms. Those with high seizure severity had a mean score 3 to 5 points below normal (mean 50 points and SD 10 points).

Improvement of the epilepsy did not seem to influence any change in academic achievement over time.