Can protrusion of the tongue stop seizures in Rolandic Epilepsy?

Pierangelo Veggiotti, F. Beccaria, A. Gatti, G. Papalia, C. Resi, G. Lanzi

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We report the case of a child with benign partial epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BECT) in whom protrusion of the tongue stopped the interictal abnormalities, and describe the polygraphic EEG recording of a seizure which terminated upon voluntary protrusion of the tongue. We mention the close link between the post-central (somatosensory) cortex and pre-central (motor) cortex, and how the primary sensory area has direct access to the motor cortex. We also examine how a tactile stimulus may provoke the inhibition of an epileptic discharge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-220
Number of pages4
JournalEpileptic Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Rolandic epilepsy
  • Seizure inhibition
  • Tactile stimulus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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