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Early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (Ohtahara syndrome) after maternal electric injury during pregnancy: etiological considerations

      Abstract

      Early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) is a polyetiologic age-dependent neurological disorder. We present two patients with EIEE whose mothers experienced electric injury during pregnancy. After the accident one mother noticed decreased fetal movements. Neither other prenatal factors nor intrapartal damage or postnatally examined structural, metabolic or infectious causes which might have been responsible for the EIEE in these children could be found. The question of electric accident during pregnancy should be considered when documenting the history of children with Ohtahara syndrome.

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