Children with new-onset epilepsy at high risk for impaired attention and executive function

In a study published May 10, 2016 in Epilepsy & Behavior, attention and executive functions of children with new-onset epilepsy were significantly more often impaired when compared with a healthy population, but less often when compared with children with chronic epilepsy. The risk of impaired cognitive functions was significantly heightened when etiology of epilepsy was unknown or not classifiable. Most children showed stable cognitive functioning in the early course of treatment, a fact which can used to counsel families who are apprehensive about negative side effects of drug treatment.