Compulsive somatosensory self-stimulation inducing epileptic seizures.

TitleCompulsive somatosensory self-stimulation inducing epileptic seizures.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsGuerrini, R., Genton P., Dravet C., Viallat D., Bureau M., Horton E. J., and Roger J.
Date Published1992 May-Jun

Three children who had been diagnosed as having infantile spasms with major psychomotor retardation were referred for the persistence of series of spasm-like seizures, which were resistant to antiepileptic drug treatment, beyond infancy. Serial seizures were elicited by a compulsive self-stimulating behavior that was documented by long-term video-polygraphy. These behaviors implicated proprioceptive inputs: tapping on the chin in one case, flexion and external rotation of the leg with dislocation of the femur in one case, a particular posturing of the body followed by rhythmic shaking of the head in the last case. This clinical picture seems to constitute a particular type of outcome for infantile spasms and is particularly resistant to therapy.

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Alternate JournalEpilepsia