Neologistic speech automatisms during complex partial seizures.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

There are no documented cases of seizures causing reiterative neologistic speech automatisms. We report an 18-year-old right-handed woman with stereotypic ictal speech automatisms characterized by phonemic jargon and reiterative neologisms. Video-EEG during the reiterative neologisms demonstrated rhythmic delta activity, which was most prominent in the left posterior temporal region. At surgery, there was an arteriovenous malformation impinging on the left supramarginal gyrus and the posterior portion of the superior temporal gyrus. Though intelligible speech automatisms can result from seizure foci in either hemisphere, neologistic speech automatisms may implicate a focus in the language-dominant hemisphere.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bell, WL; Horner, J; Logue, P; Radtke, RA

Published Date

  • January 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 49 - 52

PubMed ID

  • 2296382

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-3878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/wnl.40.1.49


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States