John Libbey Eurotext

Bathing epilepsy: a video case of an autonomic seizure Volume 12, issue 3, September 2010


  • Bathing epilepsy: a video case of an autonomic seizure


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Department of Pediatrics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

A six-year-old Moroccan boy experienced nausea, paleness and oral automatisms after almost every shower. A clinical diagnosis of bathing epilepsy was assumed. A video-EEG recording was taken during and after a shower and confirmed ictal high voltage repetitive slow waves over the left temporal lobe. Bathing epilepsy or water immersion epilepsy is a rare form of reflex epilepsy often presenting with autonomic seizures. The onset is usually in the first year of life and the evolution is benign. [Published with video sequences]