Epileptic seizures induced by syncopal attacks

Agatino Battaglia, Renzo Guerrini, Henri Gastaut

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Three white female children (age range: 2 years, 7 months, to 11 years), who presented with syncopal attacks due to asphyxic (Case 1), ischemic (Case 2), and ischemic-asphyxic (Case 3) cerebral anoxia, are reported. All of them showed epileptic seizures, in the form of grand mal type (Case 1), "absence status" (Case 2), and absences (Case 3), induced by their syncopes. Case 1 showed, in addition, some massive myoclonic jerks facilitated by intermittent photic stimulation, whereas seizures in Case 3 also occurred spontaneously. The authors suggest that all patients had a constitutional (genetic) predisposition to epilepsy, and that under anoxic conditions overt epileptic phenomena were triggered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-145
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Epilepsy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989


  • EEG in children
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Syncopal attacks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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