Eterogeneità intraindividuale delle manifestazioni critiche emozionali in pazienti con epilessia del lobo temporale

Translated title of the contribution: Intraindividual variability of critical emotional behaviours in temporal lobe epilepsy

M. Stanzani Maserati, F. Rondelli, E. Gardella, G. Rubboli, S. Francione, L. Tassi, R. Caterina, M. Costa, G. Io Russo, P. E. Ricci Bitti, C. A. Tassinari

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Rationale: to evaluate the variability of emotional behaviours (homogeneity vs. heterogeneity) in different temporal lobe seizures of 45 patients. Materials and Methods: video-EEG/stereo-EEG recordings of 45 temporal lobe pharmacoresistent epileptic patients have been analyzed independently by three physicians. A critical emotional behaviour was identified considering facial expression, its associated body movements, verbal production and autonomic phenomena in a maximum of 5 seizures for each patient. Only basic emotions (happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise) were considered. Results: 37/45 patients presented a critical emotional behaviour in 93/140 seizures. For each patient, 1,3 emotions (range 1-3) and 1,6 types of emotion (range 1-3) in every seizure were detected. 81% of emotional behaviours were expressed only by face while 19% by face and an associated body movement. The latency of facial emotional expressions was not equal among different patients. Conclusions: critical emotional behaviours during temporal lobe epileptic seizures are an heterogeneous phenomenon in each patient (type and latency of every emotion). Different mechanisms are implicated in a wide spectrum of different emotional expressions.

Translated title of the contributionIntraindividual variability of critical emotional behaviours in temporal lobe epilepsy
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)139-140
Number of pages2
JournalBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Issue number133-134
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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