Late-onset psychogenic nonepileptic seizures

Reza Behrouz, Leanne Heriaud, Selim R. Benbadis

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Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) are common, but have not been well studied in older patients. We retrospectively reviewed patients with PNES who were 60 years of age and above at the time of "seizure" onset. Over a 27-month period, nine (9.6%) of 94 patients diagnosed with PNES had onset at age 60 or above. None had evidence for coexisting epilepsy. Eight were women. Characteristics of the group were comparable to younger patients with PNES. We conclude that PNES should be considered as a diagnostic possibility in older patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-650
Number of pages2
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Elderly
  • Non-epileptic seizures
  • Pseudoseizures
  • Psychogenic
  • Seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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