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Let's all repeat – palilalia may be epileptic! Volume 24, issue 1, February 2022


  • Let’s all repeat – palilalia may be epileptic!
  • Let’s all repeat – palilalia may be epileptic!
1 Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
2 Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
* Correspondence: Fábio Augusto Nascimento e Silva 55 Fruit St., Wang 7th floor, Boston, MA, 02114, USA

We report a 42-year-old right-handed man with drug-resistant focal epilepsy due to viral encephalitis who was referred to our center for new-onset spells characterized by rapid breathing and repetition of syllables. On video-scalp EEG evaluation (video sequence 1), these spells of hyperventilation and palilalia were captured with EEG correlate of a bilateral temporal seizure. Subsequent stereo-EEG evaluation showed independent left and right hippocampal seizures; hyperventilation and palilalia were [...]

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