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Doose's syndrome

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A rare familial type of primary generalized myoclonic astatic epilepsy with onset between the first and fifth year of life, usually affecting children that have previously developed normally. Boys affected about twice as often as girls. About one third of the other children in the family also have epilepsy. First described 1970.

We thank Dr. Günter Krämer, Zürich, Switzerland, for information submitted.

See also:
Dravet’s syndrome,
under Charlotte Dravet, French psychiatrist and epileptologist, born 1936.

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome,
under William Gordon Lennox, American neurologist, 1884-1960.


  • Hermann Doose:
    Myoclonic Astatic Epilepsy of Early Childhood.
    In: J. Rodger, M. Bureau, Ch. Dravit, F. E. Dreifuss, A. Perret, and P. Wolf: Epileptic Syndromes in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence. 2nd edition. 1992 John Libbey & Company Ltd. Chapter 11.

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