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Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Chess-playing epilepsy: a case report with video-EEG and back averaging Volume 6, issue 4, December 2004

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Neurosurgery Department, Department of Neurophysiology, Department of Neurology, Centre hospitalier St Anne, Paris, France
  • Key words: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, chess-playing, reflex seizures, praxis-induced seizures, back averaging
  • Page(s) : 293-6
  • Published in: 2004

A patient suffering from juvenile myoclonic epilepsy experienced myoclonic jerks, fairly regularly, while playing chess. The myoclonus appeared particularly when he had to plan his strategy, to choose between two solutions or while raising the arm to move a chess figure. Video-EEG-polygraphy was performed, with back averaging of the myoclonus registered during a chess match and during neuropsychological testing with Kohs cubes. The EEG spike wave complexes were localised in the fronto-central region. [Published with video sequences]