Late-onset psychogenic nonepileptic seizures

Epilepsy Behav. 2006 May;8(3):649-50. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2006.02.003. Epub 2006 Mar 13.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Age of Onset
  • Aged
  • Anxiety Disorders / complications
  • Electroencephalography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders / complications
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / complications
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Seizures / psychology*