John Libbey Eurotext

Video game-induced reflex seizures via a smartphone Volume 24, issue 1, February 2022

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Authors
1 Pediatric Neurology and Muscular Disease Unit, IRCCS Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genova, Italy
2 Department of Neurosciences, Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, Genetics, Maternal and Child Health, University of Genoa, Genova, Italy
3 Pediatric Neurology Unit and Epilepsy Center, Fatebenefratelli Hospital, ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco, Milano, Italy
4 Department of Child Neuropsychiatry, Hospital Maggiore della Carità, Novara, Italy
* Correspondence: Pasquale Striano Department of Neurosciences, Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, Genetics, Maternal and Child Health, University of Genova, Genova, Italy Pediatric Neurology and Muscular Diseases Unit, IRCCS Istituto “G. Gaslini”, Via Gaslini 5, 16148 Genova, Italy

Reflex seizures are consistently evoked by a specific afferent stimulus or by patient activity. Patients experiencing reflex seizures when playing a game on a mobile phone are rarely reported. We describe a boy with reflex seizures after prolonged exposure to the game, Cut the rope, on his mobile phone. The video-EEG documented electroclinical events characterized by distal myoclonic jerks of the upper limbs, in combination with irregular, diffuse spike-and-wave and polyspike-and-wave discharges on EEG, followed by a tonic-clonic seizure. Playing video games on mobile phones may potentially induce reflex seizures, similar to other commonly used platforms such as docking stations connected to video screens.