John Libbey Eurotext

Head atonic attacks: a new type of benign non-epileptic attack in infancy strongly mimicking epilepsy Volume 15, issue 1, March 2013

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Epilepsy Center, Department of Child Neuropsychiatry, C Poma Hospital, Mantova, Department of Child Neuropsychiatry , AOU Maggiore della Carità, Novara, Italy

Non-epileptic attacks (NEAs) are a heterogeneous group of clinical entities which often complicate the differential diagnosis of epilepsy. NEAs usually have a benign course and are limited to a specific period of life. If motor manifestations are strongly suggestive of an epileptic phenomenon, the risk of misdiagnosis is greater. Here, we describe a novel NEA with infantile onset, characterised by repeated head drops, mimicking epileptic negative myoclonus of the neck. The frequency of the episodes was very high, at hundreds or thousands per day. The episodes appeared in the second semester of the first year of life and spontaneously disappeared within a few months. [ Published with video sequences]