Brain SPECT imaging of ictal smile seizure

Sergio Modoni, Nicoletta Urbano, Marina Trivisano, Maria Grazia Pascarella, Giuseppe D'Orsi, Teresa Di Claudio, Luigi M. Specchio

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Ictal smile is defined as a facial expression during a seizure, which usually translates happiness, clearly distinct from a tonic deviation of the mouth or other abnormal tonic-clonic movements involving the face, not associated to any happiness emotion (Epilepsia. 1998;39:1357-1360). It is a rare condition (6%-10% of patients; Epilepsia. 1998;39:1357-1360) and seems to be related to seizures arising from temporal or frontal regions (Brain. 2003;126:2121-2138).Anecdotal reports of brain perfusion SPECT performed during ictal and interictal phases (Epilepsia. 1998;39:1357-1360) do not supply, unfortunately, imaging documentation. Thus, we report the first evidence of brain perfusion abnormalities induced by ictal smile seizure.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Mar 11 2013

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Single-Photon Emission-Computed Tomography
Neuroimaging
Happiness
Seizures
Stroke
Brain
Perfusion
Facial Expression
Documentation
Mouth
Emotions

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Modoni, S., Urbano, N., Trivisano, M., Pascarella, M. G., D'Orsi, G., Di Claudio, T., & Specchio, L. M. (Accepted/In press). Brain SPECT imaging of ictal smile seizure. Clinical Nuclear Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1097/RLU.0b013e3182387477

Brain SPECT imaging of ictal smile seizure. / Modoni, Sergio; Urbano, Nicoletta; Trivisano, Marina; Pascarella, Maria Grazia; D'Orsi, Giuseppe; Di Claudio, Teresa; Specchio, Luigi M.

In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine, 11.03.2013.

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Modoni, S, Urbano, N, Trivisano, M, Pascarella, MG, D'Orsi, G, Di Claudio, T & Specchio, LM 2013, 'Brain SPECT imaging of ictal smile seizure', Clinical Nuclear Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1097/RLU.0b013e3182387477
Modoni, Sergio ; Urbano, Nicoletta ; Trivisano, Marina ; Pascarella, Maria Grazia ; D'Orsi, Giuseppe ; Di Claudio, Teresa ; Specchio, Luigi M. / Brain SPECT imaging of ictal smile seizure. In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 2013.
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