Il comportamento del mordere in corso di crisi epilettiche nell'uomo: Considerazioni neuroetologiche

Translated title of the contribution: Biting-attack behavior during epileptic seizures in man: Neuroethologic evaluations

M. Stanzani Maserati, G. Cantalupo, C. A. Tassinari

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Biting Behaviour (BB) can be observed during deep brain stimulation and epileptic seizures in rats and cats. However, it has not been described during human epileptic seizures. We report BB in 7 out of 15 seizures in 4 patients evaluated for a presurgical study: 12 were postictal and 4 were debatable ictal. In cats BB is mediated by hypothalamus and stimulation or epileptic discharges of amygdalar subnuclei can inhibit or trigger this behaviour. According to animal data, we think human ictal/postictal BB could represent the emergence of an innate behaviour.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)119-120
Number of pages2
JournalBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Issue number121-122
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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