A gelastic seizure, also known as “gelastic epilepsy”, is a rare type of seizure that involves a sudden burst of energy, usually in the form of laughing or crying. Information regarding gelastic epilepsy, a rare form of epilepsy that involves laughter or crying and is more common in boys than girls. What is Gelastic Epilepsy? Gelastic epilepsy refers to a type of epilepsy in which the seizures are ‘gelastic’, gelastikos being the Greek word for laughter.

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Although functional imaging studies are invaluable in determining the source of seizure activity Mazziotta and Engel, ; Meyer, ; Ryvlin et al. Retrospective analysis of surgical treatment outcomes for gelastic seizures: Garcia and colleagues reported another case gelastix frontal onset in a three-and-a-half-year-old baby who was successfully treated with viga-batrin.

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This syndrome is an autosomal dominant inheritable disorder characterized by HHs, polydactyly, laryngeal malformations such as bifid epiglottis, pulmonary segmentation anomalies, imperforate anus, and panhypopituitarism.

Kerrigan; Gelastic epilepsy and hypothalamic hamartomas: The endocrinology of hypothalamic hamartoma surgery for intractable epilepsy.

It is slightly more common in males than females. The seizure onset was demonstrated with EEG and magnetoencephalography MEG and the patient became seizure-free after resection.

Anterior—posterior extent of lesions. Gelastic seizures in a child with focal cortical dysplasia of the cingulate gyrus.

Latest Most Read Gelasric Cited Nitroglycerine triggers triptan-responsive cranial allodynia and trigeminal neuronal hypersensitivity. The clinical spectrum and natural history of gelastic epilepsy-hypothalamic hamartoma syndrome.

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Imaging and radiological-pathological correlation in histologically proven cases of focal cortical dysplasia and other glial and neuronoglial malformative lesions in adults. Freeman et al A computed tomography scan of an individual with a hypothalamic hamartoma would reveal an suprasellar mass with the same density as brain tissue.


The clinical spectrum of epilepsy in children and adults with hypothalamic hamartoma. Mathieu et al We are hopeful that these findings gelwstic motivate future research towards understanding the precise nuclear anatomy of hypothalamic hamartomas and the routes by which they propagate ictal discharges to cortical and subcortical networks.

However some reports using depth electrodes have shown that during tonic seizures, diffuse cortical fast activity can be seen, with no prior activity in the HH Kahane et al Med Hist ; Typically this gelasric between the ages of 4 to 10 years and involves the presence of multiple types of seizures, including complex partial seizures with or without secondary generalization, generalized tonic-clonic seizures gelasttic drop attacks Brandberg et al ; Striano et al Cognitive deficits in children with gelastic seizures and hypothalamic hamartoma.

This finding likely reflects telastic natural history of the disease consistent with the hypothesis that age, rather than the size of the lesion, is the major risk factor for worsening of seizures Berkovic et al. Epilepsy related to hypothalamic hamartomas: The natural history of children who present with early onset of GS is the progression to intractable epilepsy Berkovic gelsstic al An update in the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment”.

Gelastic seizures and hypothalamic hamartomas: After some years of evolution, electrographic changes consistent with lobar involvement gelaetic become apparent Freeman et al a.

Does the neuroanatomical localization of the lesions differ in cases with only gelastic seizures or a combination of gelastic and other types of seizures? To be reviewed August Barajas et al This view is compatible with the notion of gdlastic worsening of seizures with time Arita et al.

A case of hypothalamic hamartoma manifesting gelastic seizure and multifocal independent seizure foci.

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Reported focal motor features including head and eye version, asymmetric tonic posturing, tonic or clonic lower facial contraction, and limb jerking. Status gelasticus after temporal lobectomy: Depth electrodes inserted into the Geoastic have shown immediate intraoperative disappearance of epileptic discharges from the HH, during endoscopic disconnection Choi et al Diagnosis is also complicated due to the many possible causes of the seizures.


In fact, some authors have shown that cortical resections are usually not successful in order to control the seizures Cascino et al Although seizures originating from various brain sites such as the temporal, frontal or parietal lobes may cause laughter Ironside, ; Mutani et al. Retrieved from ” https: Rpilepsy HHs are rare tumors associated with the triad of gelastic epilepsy, precocious puberty, and developmental delay. Gelastic seizures have been associated classically to hypothalamic hamartomas, although different extrahypothalamic localizations have been ggelastic.

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On the other hand, hamartomas associated with only precocious puberty were more frequently related with the tuber cinereum predominantly intraventricular versus predominantly interpeduncular Freeman et al The pattern of GS may change over time, especially when patients become adults.

Rev Neurol Paris ; Localization of gelastic seizures GS have been related classically with hypothalamic hamartomas HHsalthough several descriptions have mentioned other locations Harvey and Freeman However, imaging methods with better spatial resolution such as functional MRI combined with anatomically more precise method of optogenetics Lee et al. The size of the hamartoma can vary from one centimeter to larger than three centimeters.

They may be mistaken by normal laughter or misdiagnosed as infantile colic Penfold et al ; Tassinari et al For Permissions, please email: Gelastic epilepsy is a form of epilepsy in which a person’s seizures are, ‘gelastic.