Psychiatric disorder among children with tuberous sclerosis

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1987 Apr;29(2):190-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1987.tb02135.x.


The psychiatric status of 90 children with tuberous sclerosis was investigated. Over 50 per cent of the sample showed psychotic behaviour, 59 per cent were hyperkinetic and 13 per cent severely aggressive. 57 per cent of the children who had infantile spasms were autistic, as opposed to 13 per cent in a Finnish study of children who had infantile spasms from all causes. The very high incidence of psychiatric disturbance has implications for the advice doctors should give on the management of children diagnosed to have tuberous sclerosis and for the special educational methods that may be needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Child Development*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Epilepsy / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intelligence
  • Male
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / psychology*
  • Prognosis
  • Psychological Tests
  • Social Adjustment
  • Spasms, Infantile / psychology
  • Tuberous Sclerosis / psychology*