Further EEG observations in children with the rett syndrome

Ernst Niedermeyer, Sakkubai Naidu

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In four cases of the Rett syndrome (RS) (age 31/2, 6, 11 and 12 years), paroxysmal activity and especially spike discharges over the central region could be blocked or attenuated by passive finger movements. This response, however, is not demonstrable in the majority of children with RS. The blocking or attenuating effect of passive movements is compared with earlier observations of central spike discharges occurring in children with benign Rolandic epilepsy. In some of these children, central spikes could be blocked by active hand movements. It was assumed that such a positive blocking response underscores the “functional” (“dysfunctional”) character of the Rolandic spikes and the lack of local structural damage. In children with cerebral palsy, seizures and central spike (and evidence of structural brain damage), such a blocking response was not obtainable. Taking into consideration these earlier observations, there is reason to presume that the central spike activity found in RS is based on dysfunction rather than on structural impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-54
Number of pages2
JournalBrain and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990


  • EEG
  • Rett syndrome
  • Rolandic region
  • benign Rolandic epilepsy
  • blocking effect
  • spike activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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