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May 1980

Evoked Parietal Spikes and Childhood Epilepsy

Author Affiliations

From the Reparto di Neuropsichiatria Infantile, Istituti Ospedalieri, Trento, Italy.

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(5):291-292. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500540069009

• Parietal spikes can be evoked in some children by tactile stimulation of their feet or other parts. I investigated whether this curious phenomenon remains unchanged for several years and then disappears or whether it presages later epilepsy. Some children demonstrating this phenomenon may experience a spontaneous focus of spikes during sleep or waking and later a convulsive state. The cause of this condition may be hyperexcitability of a small cortical parietal area.

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