Abstract • We studied two infants with selfinduced photogenic epilepsy and investigated their seizures with simultaneous EEG and videotape recording. A 2-year-old boy showed peculiar head-nodding behavior towards bright light before he manifested myoclonic absence or myoclonic seizures. A 14-month-old infant girl showed blinking in front of the television set before myoclonic jerks developed. Neither head nodding nor blinking was associated with paroxysmal discharges. We concluded that such preictal behavior was not part of the seizure. References 1. Newmark ME, Penry JK: Photosensitivity and Epilepsy: A Review . New York, Raven Press, 1979, pp 1-220. 2. Panayiotopoulos CP: Self-induced patternsensitive epilepsy . Arch Neurol 1979;36:48-50.Crossref 3. Jeavons PM, Harding GFA: Photosensitive Epilepsy: A Review of the Literature and a Study of 460 Patients . London, William Heinemann Medical Books Ltd, 1975, pp 1-121. 4. Darby CE, de Korte RA, Binnie CD, et al: The self-induction of epileptic seizures by eye closure . Epilepsia 1980;21:31-42.Crossref 5. Livingstone S, Torres IC: Photic epilepsy: Report of an unusual case and review of the literature . Clin Pediatr 1964;3:304-307.Crossref 6. Ames FR: 'Self-induction' in photosensitive epilepsy . Brain 1971;94:781-798.Crossref 7. Ames FR: Cinefilm and EEG recording during 'hand-waving' attacks of an epileptic photo-n sensitive child . Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1974;37:301-304.Crossref 8. Ames FR, Saffer D: The sunflower syndrome: A new look at 'self-induced' photosensitive epilepsy . J Neurol Sci 1983;59:1-11.Crossref
Archives of Neurology – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 1, 1985
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