Psychogenic gelastic seizures in a patient with hypothalamic hamartoma

Timothy Scarella*, Micheal P Macken, Elizabeth Erway Gerard, Stephan U Schuele

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gelastic seizures are classically associated with hypothalamic hamartoma. The most effective treatment for gelastic epilepsy is surgery, although confirming that a hypothalamic hamartoma is an epileptic lesion prior to surgical intervention is challenging. Here, we report the case of a patient with a hypothalamic hamartoma who was diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic gelastic seizures using video-EEG monitoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalEpileptic Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012


  • Gelastic seizure
  • Hypothalamic hamartoma
  • Psychogenic non-epileptic seizure
  • Video-EEG monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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