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August 1979

Drawing-Induced Seizures

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Albuquerque, NM.

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(8):515-516. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500440085020

• In a review of the literature on triggering mechanisms in reflex epilepsy, we found no reported instance of drawing as the provoking factor. Recently we studied the case of a 17-year-old man with myoclonic seizures. These seizures were most effectively triggered by drawing, although occasionally they occurred spontaneously and could also be evoked by other activities requiring concentration. The results of a neurological examination were normal, and family history was unremarkable. Treatment with primidone and methsuximide has been very effective.