EEG and evoked potentials in precocious puberty

William H. Theodore, Florence Comite, Susumu Sato, Lynn Loriaux, Gordon Cutler

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We recorded brain stem auditory evoked potentials, pattern reversal visual evoked potentials and electroencephalograms in 19 children, 2-8 years old. Sixteen had precocious puberty nd three had precocious adrenarche. Two of the children with precocious puberty had hypothalamic hamartomas, one had an optic glioma, and one had a history of hydrocephalus. The EEG was abnormal in 7 patients: three had diffuse slowing, and four showed possible paroxysmal features. BAEPs and VEPs were normal in all patients. This study showed no abnormalities in two conduction pathways of the central nervous system and no evidence of a deleterious effect of hormonal aberrations in patients with precocious puberty. Abnormal EEG in these patients is more likely to reflect occult diencephalic disease than widespread neurophysiological dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalElectroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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