In light of these findings, monitoring children with ASDs for seizure and subclinical seizure
activity is recommended.
In subclinical seizures
from all patients, no such significant or consistent patterns were observed.
In another case report, a patient with post-traumatic seizures had paroxysmal rise in ICP with subclinical seizures
Yet in individual patients, elevated ICP may be associated with cerebral hyperaemia or cerebral ischaemia, subclinical seizures
, or impaired autoregulation (where it is the elevated blood pressure that is the underlying problem).
The finding suggests that physicians "need to consider subtle or subclinical seizures
in the differential diagnosis of cognitive deficits in the elderly," researchers led by Dr.
The question is: can subclinical seizures
, or abnormal brain waves, that are epileptiform (demonstrating spikes or sharp waves which signify an increased risk of developing seizures) account for some of the symptoms in autism such as language dysfunction?
Children who are not achieving their expected potential should have: a thorough evaluation for remediable causes including an evaluation of possible subclinical seizures
(seizures that may not be recognized by those around them); an evaluation of possible medication effects; neuropsychological testing to determine any specific impairments as well as specific strengths the child may have; and an assessment of any social factors that may be interfering with academic achievement.