The background EEG is normal.
Occipital spike or spike-and-wave may occur in the resting EEG record. Centrotemporal spikes may co-exist.
Occipital spike-and-wave or polyspike-and-wave is facilitated by intermittent photic stimulation when generalized spike-and-wave or polyspike-and-wave (with posterior predominance) may also occur. EEG abnormality is enhanced by sleep deprivation and by sleep.
Occipital ictal patterns are seen, spread may occur to the ipsilateral temporal lobe.