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Article
October 1976

Gelastic EpilepsyOnset in Neonatal Period

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology (Pediatric Neurology), University of Miami (Fla) School of Medicine, Biscayne Facility.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(10):1126-1131. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120110088013
Abstract

• The phenomenon of gelastic epilepsy was first described in 1873, yet fewer than 100 patients with this disorder have been reported on to date. The purpose of this article is to report on the first two patients to our knowledge with the onset of these seizures in the immediate neonatal period. Both patients have been shown to have posterior hypothalamic mass lesions presumably of congenital origin, and have remained free of neurologic progression of the disease with conservative treatment.

(Am J Dis Child 130:1126-1131, 1976)

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