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Title: "Pressure to laugh": an unusual epileptic symptom associated with small hypothalamic hamartomas.
Authors: Sturm, Jonathan W;Andermann, Frederick;Berkovic, Samuel F
Affiliation: Department of Neurology, University of Melbourne, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: 22-Feb-2000
Citation: Neurology; 54(4): 971-3
Abstract: Gelastic seizures are the hallmark of the epilepsy syndrome associated with hypothalamic hamartomas. Patients typically develop cognitive deterioration and refractory seizures. The authors describe three patients with small hypothalamic hamartomas without these features and thus identify a mild end to the clinical spectrum. All had the unusual symptom of "pressure to laugh," often without actual laughter. This symptom could be dismissed as psychogenic but should be recognized as a clue to the presence of this unusual lesion.
Internal ID Number: 10690995
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/9209
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10690995
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adolescent
Adult
Brain Diseases.pathology
Epilepsy.pathology.physiopathology
Female
Hamartoma.pathology
Humans
Hypothalamus.pathology
Laughter
Male
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