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April 1980

A Unique Case of Musicogenic Epilepsy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Middlesbrough General Hospital, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, United Kingdom. Dr Newman is now at Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(4):244-245. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500530082016

• Musicogenic epilepsy associated with spastic paraparesis, the latter probably secondary to multiple sclerosis, occurred in a patient. Detailed analysis of a variety of musical stimuli demonstrated consistent susceptibility to a particular popular tune. It is postulated that temporal lobe demyelination may be the etiological factor in this patient.