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February 1980

Violent Automatism in a Partial Complex Seizure: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Psychiatry (Dr Ashford) and Neurology (Dr Walsh), UCLA, Los Angeles, and the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md (Dr Schulz).

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(2):120-122. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500510078020

• We describe a patient who had a violent automatism that occurred during a partial complex seizure. The initial spike wave activity was recorded from nasopharyngeal leads that were lost as the patient began his vigorous, violent activity. This activity included nondirected, automatic, stereotyped behavior with physical assaults on objects in his path.

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