John Libbey Eurotext

Ictal singing due to left mesial temporal sclerosis Volume 10, numéro 2, June 2008


  • Ictal singing due to left mesial temporal sclerosis


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Bakýrkoy Hospital for Psychiatric and Neurological Diseases, Istanbul, Department of Neurosurgery, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Instanbul University, Turkey

Simple ictal or interictal automatisms are commonly seen in epilepsy, whereas complex automatisms are rare. Simple ictal vocalizations or appendicular automatisms have been reported to be due to mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. However, seizure-associated singing and dancing is very rare. We report a seventeen-year-old patient with ictal singing and rhythmic swinging of the arms as a dancing gesture. The video-EEG recording showed ictal left temporal lateralization and neuropathology confirmed left mesial temporal sclerosis. [Pusblished with video sequences].