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Compulsive somatosensory self-stimulation inducing epileptic seizures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1592029     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
R Guerrini; P Genton; C Dravet; D Viallat; M Bureau; E J Horton; J Roger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsia     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0013-9580     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsia     Publication Date:    1992 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-07-01     Completed Date:  1992-07-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2983306R     Medline TA:  Epilepsia     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  509-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre Saint Paul, Marseille, France.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebral Cortex / physiopathology
Child, Preschool
Compulsive Behavior / complications*
Epilepsy / etiology*,  physiopathology
Proprioception / physiology
Self Stimulation*
Spasms, Infantile / physiopathology
Stereotyped Behavior / physiology
Videotape Recording

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