Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus: case report and follow-up of four members of an affected family

M Luigia Vaccario, Maria A Valenti, Anna Carullo, Rossella Di Bartolomeo, Salvatore Mazza
Clinical EEG (electroencephalography) 2003, 34 (1): 15-7
Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus (BNSM), characterized by myoclonic jerks of the extremities only in non-REM sleep, occurs in the first months of life with spontaneous disappearance within 3-4 months. We examined five siblings with typical BNSM, at the 3-10 years follow-up neurological examination. Psychomotor development, cognitive functions and EEG were completely normal. These cases confirm that BNSM is a self limited and nonepileptic disorder.

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