John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic belly dancing: a video-polygraphic recording Volume 24, numéro 2, April 2022


  • Epileptic belly dancing: a video-polygraphic recording


  • Figure 1

A 60-year-old man with a one-year diagnosis of lung adenocarcinoma developed repetitive episodes of isolated abdominal jerking, consistent with belly dancer's syndrome (BDS) [1-3]. There was no loss of awareness. Interictal neurological examination was normal. During an episode, video-polygraphy revealed a left parietal seizure (video sequence) and neuroimaging showed left parietal metastasis (figure 1). Levetiracetam (1 g/day) resolved the seizures.

Focal aware motor seizures with abdominal clonic jerking consist of episodic, short-lasting, rhythmic movements of the abdominal wall, which are often misdiagnosed at first, owing to their rarity and heterogeneous aetiology [1-4]. As in our case, electroclinical findings indicate that seizures originate in the parietal region [2]. Awareness of this unusual ictal semiology has important implications for diagnosis and treatment.

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Acknowledgements and disclosures

We thank Dr. Letizia Troisi (Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Magna Graecia University, Catanzaro, Italy) for providing the drawing of the cortical homunculus.

None of the authors have any conflicts of interest to declare.

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