Symptoms of RE may include:
- Severe partial seizures
- Loss of motor skills
- Loss of speech
- Paralysis on one side of the body
- Learning disabilities
- Physical disabilities
The partial seizures may progress to seizures that happen nearly all the time. This is a condition known as epilepsia partialis continua (EPC).
Causes and Risk Factors
The cause of RE is unknown. The condition is linked to an autoimmune response. Some researchers think this response may be triggered by an infection such as the flu or measles.
The condition most commonly affects children between the ages of 2 and 10 years old.