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December 1967

Self-Induced Photogenic Epilepsy: Report of Four Cases

Author Affiliations

From the departments of ophthalmology, pediatrics, and psychiatry, Temple University Health Sciences Center and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;78(6):730-737. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980030732007

Clinical descriptions of seizures precipitated by a repetitive light stimulus such as the fine flicker of television are well documented in the literature.1 However, self-induced photogenic epilepsy is rarely encountered. In this report four children with self-induced photogenic epilepsy are described. The common feature was the precipitation of the attacks by light falling on the patient's eyes. The phenomenon is unusual and should be of sufficient interest to the ophthalmologist so that he may recognize the bizarre qualities of the patient when the history is provided.

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