Compulsive somatosensory self-stimulation inducing epileptic seizures

R. Guerrini, P. Genton, C. Dravet, D. Viallat, M. Bureau, E. J. Horton, J. Roger

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-516
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Electroencephalography
  • Seizures
  • Self-stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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