Understanding cognitive dysfunction associated with juvenile absence epilepsy

  • Compared to the population reference mean, juvenile absence epilepsy (JAE) was associated with lower scores across a range of cognition measures including processing speed, long-term memory storage, and retrieval and executive processes.
  • The authors concluded that cognitive dysfunction is present in individuals with JAE regardless of their cognitive ability, with prolonged discharges (≥3 seconds) present on EEGs for almost half (47.6%) of patients.