Unpleasant auditory illusions and related avoidance behaviour in a child

Carmen Barba, Renzo Guerrini

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Auditory aura is a rare symptom in focal epilepsy. It has been described in autosomal dominant partial epilepsy with auditory features, but is, in general, poorly documented. We report on a 7-year-old, right-handed boy, who suffered seizures characterized by positive auditory illusions with verbal and gestural automatisms and noticeable attempts at covering his ears. Clinical evaluation and video-recording of the seizures, confirmed that most of the ictal behavior was deliberately directed at trying to prevent the unpleasant sensations reaching his ears.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalEpileptic Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


  • Auditory illusions
  • Aura
  • Automatisms
  • Partial seizures
  • Temporal lobe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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