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Benign rolandic epilepsy (BRE)

Other Names for this Disease
  • Benign epilepsy of childhood with centrotemporal spikes (BECCT)
  • Benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BECTS)
  • Benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood (BREC)
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Benign rolandic epilepsy is the most common form of childhood epilepsy.  It is referred to as "benign" because most children outgrow the condition by puberty, usually by 14 years of age.  [1][2] This form of epilepsy is characterized by seizures involving the part of the frontal lobe of the brain called the rolandic area. The seizures associated with this condition typically occur during the nighttime.  [1] Treatment is usually not prescribed, since the condition tends to disappear by puberty. [3] 
Last updated: 5/6/2008


  1. Blumstein MD, Friedman MJ. Childhood Seizures. Emerg Med Clin N Am. 2007;
  2. Fountain NB. Evidence for Functional Impairment But Not Structural Disease in Benign Rolandic Epilepsy. Epilepsy Curr. 2008 January ;
  3. Benign rolandic epilepsy. Epilepsy Action. March 14, 2007; Accessed 5/6/2008.
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