A de novo LGI1 mutation causing idiopathic partial epilepsy with telephone-induced seizures.

University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Campania, Italy
Neurology (Impact Factor: 8.3). 07/2007; 68(24):2150-1. DOI: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000264932.44153.3c
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