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Hand activities in infantile masturbation: a video analysis of 13 cases.
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PMID:  19010071     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Infantile masturbation is considered a variant of normal behaviour. The abrupt and spontaneous onset, altered sensorium and autonomic phenomena during episodes may suggest an epileptic fit. Therefore, children with infantile masturbation are often admitted to hospital and undergo unnecessary tests. The purpose of the present study was to provide a detailed description of hand activities in infantile masturbation. METHODS: The authors reviewed video recordings of 2 boys and 11 girls with infantile masturbation. Position, movements and activities of hands and fingers during episodes were registered. RESULTS: Five patterns of hand activities were registered: Fisting (four infants), grasping of toys, furniture or clothing (ten infants), chorea-like "piano playing" hand movements (two infants), pressure over the diaper/genital region (one infant) and bimanual manipulation of items (four infants). Fisting was primarily observed in the younger infants, and bimanual manipulation was primarily seen in the older infants. CONCLUSIONS: Recognizing one or more of the five distinct patterns of hand activities in infantile masturbation may help establishing the diagnosis.
Jonas Kjeldbjerg Hansen; Thomas Balslev
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-11-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of paediatric neurology : EJPN : official journal of the European Paediatric Neurology Society     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1532-2130     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Paediatr. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-02     Completed Date:  2010-01-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9715169     Medline TA:  Eur J Paediatr Neurol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  508-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, Regional Hospital Viborg, Heibergs Alle 4, DK-8800 Viborg, Skejby, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Hand / physiopathology*
Masturbation / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Movement / physiology
Retrospective Studies
Video Recording*

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