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Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Drop episodes in Coffin-Lowry syndrome: an unusual type of startle response Volume 2, issue 3, Septembre 2000

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Hospital Nacional de Pediatría “JP Garrahan”, Department of Neurology, Combate de los Pozos 1881. CP 1245, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Key words: Coffin-Lowry syndrome, epilepsy, drop attacks, cataplexy, startle response, clorimipramine
  • Page(s) : 173-6
  • Published in: 2000

We present a patient with a complete Coffin-Lowry syndrome, associated with drop episodes precipitated by sudden auditory stimuli, which provoked in turn, a definite loss of muscle tone in both legs. Electrophysiological studies showed that these episodes are an unusual type of startle response and that they may be associated with Coffin-Lowry syndrome.