Laughing and running fits as manifestation of early traumatic epilepsy

Bruno Jandolo, Lucido Gessini, Emanuele Occhipinti, Alfredo Pompili

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Early traumatic epilepsy, whose frequency is rather high, especially in children, is usually characterized by focal motor seizures (57 %) or by generalized seizures (43 %). The association of both running and laughing fits in the same patient on the contrary is quite exceptional, as only three cases have been reported in literature. There are no observations about temporal lobe epilepsy, nor, particularly, about running or laughing fits in early traumatic epilepsy. We report here the interesting case of a boy whose early traumatic epilepsy manifested itself as temporal lobe epilepsy characterized by running and laughter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-182
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1977


  • Early traumatic epilepsy
  • Epilepsia cursiva
  • Gelastic epilepsy
  • Laughing fits
  • Running fits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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