Épilepsie de la télévision: Existe-t-elle encore?

Translated title of the contribution: Televison epilepsy: Does it still exist?

Dorothée Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenité, Laura Cantonetti, Mario Brinciotti

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In the 1960s, TV was recognized as a trigger of visually induced seizures in photosensitive patients (due especially to the lack of stability of pictures with the old B/W screens, and to the short distance to the screen). Sensitivity to colour TV appeared somewhat later and does not seem to differ from that to B/W screens. The marketing of new, bigger TV screens (LCD, TFT and plasma), with 100 Hz frequency, and variable technical specifications (including colour scales and luminance) should decrease the risk of inducing seizures in photosensitive patients, as the increasingly complex epileptogenic features (colours and patterns) contained in advertisements, programs and games, can be manipulated. However, recent studies have shown the higher sensitivity of younger children to TV images, especially when associated with videogames that imply a greater, active participation. In our modern world, children and teenagers are increasingly exposed to potentially epileptogenic visual stimuli or various origins, and it can be expected that more and younger children will experience seizures in front of their TV in the coming years. Although the visual inducing factor is still TV, it is the association of TV and videogames that accounts for TV-induced seizures.

Translated title of the contributionTelevison epilepsy: Does it still exist?
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


  • Epileptic seizures
  • Photosensitivity
  • Television
  • Videogammes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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