Cervical malignancies are a rare but well-known cause of syncope. Gestural automatisms during syncope have only rarely been reported. We describe a patient presenting with bimanual automatisms during syncopal episodes caused by parapharyngeal carcinoma involving the right laterocervical region. Ictal phenomenology was strongly suggestive of focal seizures and only video-polygraphic recording including EEG and ECG allowed the correct diagnosis to be established. Syncopal episodes ceased after partial removal of the mass. Although gestural automatisms in the context of a sudden spell with loss of consciousness are strongly suggestive of focal (mainly frontal or temporal) seizures, the diagnosis of syncope must be taken in account and confirmed or excluded by appropriate neurophysiological investigations.
|Titolo:||Gestural automatisms during syncope related to cervical malignancy|
GASPARINI, SARA [Writing – Original Draft Preparation]
AGUGLIA, UMBERTO [Supervision]
FERLAZZO, Edoardo [Conceptualization] (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|