Emotional stress–induced seizures: Another reflex epilepsy?
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2011
Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2011 International League Against Epilepsy
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages e29–e32, February 2012
How to Cite
Gilboa, T. (2012), Emotional stress–induced seizures: Another reflex epilepsy?. Epilepsia, 53: e29–e32. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2011.03342.x
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2011
- Accepted October 18, 2011; Early View publication December 9, 2011.
- Reflex epilepsy;
Multiple triggers have been shown to provoke seizures in reflex epilepsy. Among these are external stimuli (flickering light, hot water), actions (chewing, reading), and even mental tasks. We present a 9-year-old girl whose seizures were provoked mainly by emotional stress. In most cases of emotional stress–related seizures, especially when a specific confrontational incidence preceded the seizure, the suspicion for a nonepileptic event is high. In our patient we were able to show that the seizures were epileptic. Further investigation to clarify the pathophysiology of stress-related seizures is needed.