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April 1985

Self-induced Photogenic Epilepsy in Infants

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan.

Arch Neurol. 1985;42(4):406-407. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060040120027

• We studied two infants with selfinduced photogenic epilepsy and investigated their seizures with simultaneous EEG and videotape recording. A 2-year-old boy showed peculiar head-nodding behavior towards bright light before he manifested myoclonic absence or myoclonic seizures. A 14-month-old infant girl showed blinking in front of the television set before myoclonic jerks developed. Neither head nodding nor blinking was associated with paroxysmal discharges. We concluded that such preictal behavior was not part of the seizure.