Paroxysmal bipedal activity during syncope related to carotid body tumor

Giovanni Ambrosetto, Pasquale Montagna, Roberto Vetrugno, Pietro Cortelli

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Involuntary patterned motor activity may occur during seizures, especially those of frontal lobe origin, and during transient ischemic attacks. Paroxysmal patterned motor activity in frontal lobe epilepsy has been attributed to direct involvement of mesial frontal regions by the epileptic discharge. Paroxysmal bipedal frenetic activity occurred during an episode of syncope in a patient with a carotid body tumor. The presence of rhythmic motor patterns similar to the epileptic ones also during syncope and cerebral ischemia suggest a phenomenon of release from neocortical inactivation, probably of innate motor behaviors generated by neural networks referred to as central pattern generators (CPGs).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-390
Number of pages3
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009


  • Carotid body tumor
  • Central pattern generators
  • Frontal lobe epilepsy
  • Neuroethology
  • Paroxysmal bipedal activity
  • Syncope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology


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