Cognitive function in children with epilepsy

The project

Cognitive dysfunction is a frequent comorbidity in children with epilepsy. Cognitive impairment may have an impact on academic performance and quality of life. It is yet unclear if the epilepsy itself causes cognitive dysfunction, its underlying etiology, initiated treatment with antiepileptic drug (AED) or a combination. In clinical settings, it is often difficult to perform a comprehensive neuropsychological examination. 

It is essential to identify cognitive dysfunction in order to initiate the right support to the child as soon as possible to minimize social and learning problems. EpiTrack Junior has been developed as a brief and easily administered screening tool for the detection of dysfunctions of attention, psychomotor performance, and executive control caused by epileptic disorders or AED, and to track cognitive performance parallel to changes in medical therapy.

In this project, we will implement EpiTrack Junior in our neuropediatric out-patient clinic. If the instrument turns out to be clinically useful, we will consider implementing EpiTrack Junior in other neuropediatric patient populations where cognitive dysfunction is a frequent comorbidity, like migraine, tension-type headache, Tourette syndrome, and cerebral palsy.

Time frame

September 2018 – September 2019

Funding

Ongoing application to funds.
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