Rhythmic teeth grinding induced by temporal lobe seizures

S. Meletti, G. Cantalupo, L. Volpi, G. Rubboli, A. Magaudda, C. A. Tassinari

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The authors report the clinical and polygraphic features of rhythmic teeth grinding observed in a patient as the predominant symptom related to temporal lobe seizures during sleep and wakefulness. This observation demonstrates that exceptionally a teeth-grinding event can be not only a parasomnia (sleep bruxism) but also an epileptic-related motor event. Electromyographic and autonomic features of seizure-related teeth grinding support the interpretation of this motor phenomenon as a particular form of masticatory activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2306-2309
Number of pages4
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 22 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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