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Neurology. 2009 June 2; 72(22): e114.
PMCID: PMC2690972

Teaching Video NeuroImages: Dancing epilepsy

Section Editor: Section Editor Mitchell S.V. Elkind, MD, MS

A 39-year-old, right-handed man with refractory complex partial seizures after head trauma at age 15 (figure 1) was admitted for video-EEG monitoring. His girlfriend describes dancing movements with unresponsiveness lasting a few minutes (see video). The interictal EEG was suggestive of a left temporal focus (figure 2); however, the ictal EEG was poorly localized and the overall localization was not determined. The dancing semiology is not typical of temporal lobe epilepsy, since automatisms involving proximal muscles and complex behaviors, such as bicycling, are suggestive of frontal lobe epilepsy.1 Dancing is another behavioral manifestation of epilepsy that has not been previously reported.

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Figure 1 Fluid-attenuated inversion recovery coronal MRI revealed encephalomalacia and gliosis in the left frontal and right anterior temporal regions
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Figure 2 Interictal EEG

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Disclosure: Dr. Skidmore has the following conflicts of interest to disclose for research support: UCB Pharma, Ortho McNeil, Schwarz, Medtronic, Neuropace, Ovation, Marinus, NIH. He is a consultant for the Amarin Corporation and a speaker for UCB Pharma and Ortho McNeil.


1. Kotagal P, Arunkumar G, Hammel J, Mascha ED. Complex partial seizures of frontal lobe onset: statistical analysis of ictal semiology. Seizure 2003;12:268–281. [PubMed]

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