Epileptic nystagmus in a patient with nonconvulsive status epilepticus

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Yilmaz A., ULUÇ K., Oguz K., Saygi S.

SEIZURE-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EPILEPSY, vol.13, no.3, pp.183-186, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s1059-1311(03)00100-6
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.183-186
  • Keywords: epileptic nystagmus, nonconvulsive status, electroencephalography, magnetic resonance imaging, posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Epileptic nystagmus (EN) is a rare form of rhythmic eye oscillations Occurring during seizure activity. Not only convulsive states, but also nonconvulsive status may represent with EN and this phenomenon may be the only motor manifestation of seizure activity. Epileptic activation of a cortical saccade region may be distinguished from activation of a cortical put-suit region clinically as activation of pursuit regions results in nystagmus slow phases that bring the eyes across the midline. Horizontal EN results most commonly from seizure activity involving the occipital cortex. In this report, horizontal EN in a patient with nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) is described with clinical, radiological and electrophysiological findings that occur probably due to posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. (C) 2003 BEA Trading Ltd. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.