John Libbey Eurotext

Non-convulsive status epilepticus characterised exclusively by a language disorder induced by non-ketotic hyperglycaemia Volume 13, numéro 2, Juin 2011

Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Sapienza University of Rome

Non-ketotic hyperglycaemia is an endocrine emergency characterised by elevated blood glucose levels and high plasma osmolarity. While hypoglycaemia-induced seizures are usually generalised, hyperglycaemia-induced seizures are often focal and secondary to the presence of brain lesions. Moreover, in the few studies in which language disorders of epileptic origin have been reported as a clinical manifestation of non-ketotic hyperglycaemia, the disorders were usually not isolated but were followed by partial motor seizures. We describe a patient who presented with non-convulsive partial status epilepticus and whose only sign was a fluctuating language disorder induced by non-ketotic hyperglycaemia. There were no accompanying brain lesions and the patient responded optimally to diazepam. Neurophysiological EEG evaluation was fundamental for the diagnosis.