Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in epileptic children

Gun Ha Kim, Ji Yeon Kim, Jung Hye Byeon, Baik Lin Eun, Young Jun Rhie, Won Hee Seo, So Hee Eun

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It is well-known that the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is higher in epileptic children than in the general pediatric population. The aim of this study was to compare the accompaniment of ADHD in epileptic children with well-controlled seizures and no significant intellectual disability with that in healthy controls. We included epileptic children between the ages of 6 and 12 yr visiting our clinic for six consecutive months and controls without significant medical or psychiatric illnesses. We excluded patients with intellectual disability or persistent seizures during the recent three months. The diagnosis of ADHD was based on the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV). After exclusion of 84 patients, we enrolled 102 (54.8%) children (mean age, 9.4 ± 2.0 yr). Seven (7 of 102, 6.9%) were diagnosed with ADHD. As compared to control group (4 of 110, 3.6%), there was no difference in ADHD accompaniment (P = 0.29). No difference was observed in ADHD accompaniment according to seizure type and epilepsy syndrome. In conclusion, the accompaniment of ADHD in epileptic children with well-controlled seizures and no intellectual disability may not differ from that of the general pediatric population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1229-1232
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity
  • Epilepsy
  • Intellectual disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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