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VOLUME 21 , ISSUE 2 (December 2013) > List of articles

Burns from foul play? No – previously unsuspected epilepsy

Peter W. Kaplan *

Keywords : JME, tonic-clonic seizure, burns

Citation Information : Journal of Epileptology. Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 105-107, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/joepi-2015-0009

License : (CC BY 4.0)

Received Date : 21-November-2013 / Accepted: 03-December-2013 / Published Online: 05-December-2013

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Introduction. Injuries such as burns may occur from unwitnessed and unsuspected new onset epilepsy with forensic implications.

Case report. A young woman was found with >25% 2nd and 3rd degree body burns after an unwitnessed morning event in a shower.

Discussion. The onset of tonic-clonic seizures and limb jerks in adolescence with a typical EEG recording of 3–4/second spike/polyspike-and-waves are diagnostic of Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME). Worldwide there is a significant morbidity and mortality in epilepsy from burns. The treatment of JME and of burns was discussed.

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