Dyslexia in focal epilepsy: Associated features and clinical implications in an epilepsy surgical program

Individuals with epilepsy are at risk of specific learning disorders, including reading disorders, such as dyslexia. Preliminary analyses in the Department of Neuropsychology, Austin Health, Melbourne, suggest that dyslexia occurs in an unusually high proportion of patients with focal epilepsy relative to the general population. This project seeks to examine the epileptological, brain imaging and neuropsychological characteristics of individuals with focal epilepsy and comorbid dyslexia. This will allow us to address a number of questions, including whether the presence of dyslexia may provide useful lateralising and/or localising information in focal epilepsy and whether patients with a younger age of seizure onset may be more vulnerable to dyslexia.

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Enquiries:  Brianna Davis (briannad1@student.unimelb.edu.au)

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