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psychomotor epilepsy


Definition: attacks with elaborate and multiple sensory, motor, and/or psychic components, the common feature being a clouding or loss of consciousness and amnesia about the event; clinical manifestations may take the form of automatisms; emotional outbursts of temper, anger or show of fear; motor or psychic disturbances; or may be related to any sphere of human activity. Electroencephalographically, the attack is characterized by spike discharges in the temporal lobe, especially in sleep.

Synonym(s): automatic epilepsy

See Also: procursive epilepsy, visceral epilepsy, uncinate epilepsy

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