Executive dysfunction in idiopathic epilepsy: the journey so far


  • Haritha Koganti Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
  • Vimala Colaco Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
  • Harsha Sundaramurthy Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
  • Shasthara Paneyala Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
  • Nemichandra S. C. Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India




Cognitive retraining, Epilepsy, Executive dysfunction


Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders known to man with a high global prevalence. This disease process affects the overall quality of life. In recent times the concept of executive dysfunction in patients with epilepsy has emerged. This phenomenon has widespread therapeutic implications. This review hence aims to summarize our current understanding of the topic, highlighting the results of benchmark studies and outlining the aspects that require further research. The keywords epilepsy, executive dysfunction and cognitive retraining were used in the search engines of Pubmed and Google scholar and articles identified were extensively reviewed. The consensus of this review is that executive dysfunction is a phenomenon that occurs in patients with epilepsy irrespective of epilepsy type, however the magnitude varies with contributory factors which include poor seizure control. Furthermore, patients with cognitive dysfunction have a further decline over the course of the disease process, however longitudinal studies in regard to the same are lacking and there is a need for additional research in this regard.

Author Biographies

Haritha Koganti, Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Senior Resident

Vimala Colaco, Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Senior Resident

Harsha Sundaramurthy, Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Head of Department

Shasthara Paneyala, Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Assistant Professor

Nemichandra S. C., Department of Neurology, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Associate Professor


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How to Cite

Koganti, H., Colaco, V., Sundaramurthy, H., Paneyala, S., & C., N. S. (2020). Executive dysfunction in idiopathic epilepsy: the journey so far. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 8(9), 3409–3412. https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20203704



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