Frontal lobe partial seizures and psychogenic seizures: comparison of clinical and ictal characteristics.

  • Saygi S
  • Katz A
  • Marks D
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Of all partial seizures, those of frontal lobe origin (FLPS) are most bizarre and are often mistaken for psychogenic seizures (PS). The reverse can also be true. To clarify the confusing clinical presentation of these different seizure types, we compared the clinical ictal characteristics of 63 FLPS in 11 patients with 29 PS in 12 patients. Patients with PS had significantly later age at onset and longer ictal duration. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups with respect to history of psychiatric disorder, ictal pelvic thrusting, rocking of body, side-to-side head movements, or rapid postictal recovery, all of which previously have been reported as characteristic features of PS. Turning to a prone position during the seizure occurred only in FLPS. Nocturnal occurrence, short ictal duration, younger age at onset, stereotyped patterns of movements, and MRI and EEG abnormality suggested FLPS.

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  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Electroencephalography
  • Epilepsies
  • Epilepsy
  • Female
  • Frontal Lobe
  • Frontal Lobe: pathology
  • Frontal Lobe: physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Partial
  • Partial: pathology
  • Partial: physiopathology
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders: pathology
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders: physiopathology

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  • S Saygi

  • A Katz

  • D A Marks

  • S S Spencer

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