Journal article

Ictal unilateral blinking is an unreliable lateralizing sign in tuberous sclerosis complex

Trupti Jadhav, Catherine Bailey, Wirginia Maixner, A Simon Harvey

Epilepsy Research | ELSEVIER | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Ictal unilateral blinking is an uncommon but reportedly reliable lateralizing sign, indicating an ipsilateral seizure focus. We aimed to determine its lateralizing utility in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). METHODS: We reviewed the video-EEGs of 92 children with TSC and drug-resistant epilepsy. Eleven (12%) had seizures with unilateral blinking, of which 10 underwent epilepsy surgery. Lateralization of seizures was inferred from other semiology, ictal scalp EEG and outcome following tuberectomy. RESULTS: Seizures manifesting with unilateral blinking were focal motor in four patients, focal motor evolving into epileptic spasms in six, and epileptic spasms with focal..

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