Pubmed paper on hallucinations of epilepsy
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Electroclinical features in children and adolescents with epilepsy and/or migraine, and occipital epileptiform EEG abnormalities - Brinciotti M, Di Sabato ML, Matricardi M, Guidetti V; Dipartimento di Scienze Neurologiche e Psichiatriche dell'Età Evolutiva, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
This study attempted to better define clinical and EEG features for differential diagnosis between epilepsy and migraine in children with occipital epileptiform EEG abnormalities.
We studied 126 children (57 males, 69 females; age 4-18 years) suffering from epilepsy (63), migraine (43) or both (20). Patients were selected because of the presence of epileptiform abnormalities in the occipital regions on their EEG at rest. Differences among groups were statistically analyzed (Pearson chi square; ANOVA) for sex, age at onset of seizures and migrainous attacks, family history, ictal signs and symptoms, EEG at rest (unilateral vs bilateral distribution of epileptiform abnormalities), and EEG during Hyperventilation (HV) and Intermittent Photic Stimulation (IPS).
Significant differences were found in family history, ictal signs and symptoms, EEG at rest and during activation tests. A family history of epilepsy, visual symptoms such as colored hallucinations and micro/macropsias, frequently associated with clinical signs in the visual system (eye deviation, nystagmus), unilateral EEG abnormalities, and abnormal response to IPS were closely related to diagnosis of epilepsy.
On the other hand, a family history of migraine, visual symptoms such as amaurosis and scotomata, without evident clinical signs, bilateral EEG abnormalities, and no changes during IPS were significantly related to migraine.
In conclusion, these clinical and EEG differences should be considered in the differential diagnosis between epilepsy and migraine in children with occipital epileptiform EEG abnormalities