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April 1980

Postural Reflex Gelastic Seizures

Author Affiliations

From the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and the Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis.

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(4):249-251. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500530087020

• A 26-year-old man had gelastic seizures ("laughing attacks") preceded by an aura of sexual pleasure. They were reflexly induced by volitional hyperextension of his neck and trunk. His EEGs showed a right temporal spike focus. We discuss the characteristics of this unique case.

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