John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Hyperkinetic motor seizures: a common semiology generated by two different cortical seizure origins Volume 19, issue 3, September 2017


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1 APHM, Hôpital de la Timone, Service de neurophysiologie clinique, Marseille
2 Aix-Marseille Univ, INSERM U751, Marseille
3 Université de Lille II, Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
* Correspondence: Lisa Vaugier APHM, Hôpital de la Timone, Service de Neurophysiologie Clinique, 13005 Marseille, France
  • Key words: focal epilepsy, hyperkinetic / hypermotor semiology, central pattern generator
  • DOI : 10.1684/epd.2017.0932
  • Page(s) : 362-6
  • Published in: 2017

We report a 37-year-old, right-handed patient with drug-resistant focal epilepsy whose seizures were characterized by explosive hyperkinetic behaviour. Video-SEEG revealed bifocal organization of epilepsy with two distinct cortical origins of seizures: the right temporal pole and left temporal lateral and perisylvian cortex. Irrespective of the cortical pattern of seizure onset, the hyperkinetic semiology was extremely similar. This supports a major role for “final common pathway” subcortical circuits in the genesis of the hyperkinetic semiology in this patient.