John Libbey Eurotext

Cough syncope misinterpreted as epileptic seizure Volume 10, numéro 3, September 2008

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  • Cough syncope misinterpreted as epileptic seizure
  • Cough syncope misinterpreted as epileptic seizure
Auteurs
Epilepsy Unit, Hôpital Gui de Chauliac ; Research Unit “Movement Disorders” (URMA), Department of Neurobiology, Institute of Functional Genomics, CNRS UMR5203 - INSERM U661 - UM1, Montpellier, Centre Saint Paul-H. Gastaut, Marseille, France

Cough syncopes are rare but may be one of the cause of sudden loss of consciousness. We recorded under video-EEG monitoring a typical syncope triggered by voluntary coughing (video) and Valsava maneuvre in a patient referred for the diagnosis of generalized tonic-clonic seizures. There were no signs of active epilepsy. The attacks were associated with overweight, obstructive sleep apnea and heavy consumption of cigarettes. [Published with video sequences]