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The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 68, Issue 8, pp 779–781 | Cite as

Masturbation mimicking seizure in an infant

  • Gülhis Deda
  • Hüseyin Çaksen
  • Emine Suskan
  • Derya Gümüs
Clinical Brief

Abstract

A 3.5-month-old boy was referred to our hospital with the diagnosis of infantile spasm. His developmental milestones and physical examination were normal. During the follow-up we recorded about six to nine attacks a day and the duration of attacks was changed between 15 seconds–1.5 minutes. During the episodic attacks he was flushed and had tonic posturing associated with crossing of thighs, without loss of consciousness and his eye movements were normal. Routine and long-term electroencephalogram (EEG) were normal during attack. The patient was diagnosed as masturbation according to the clinical and EEG findings. In conclusion, we would like to stress that masturbation should also be considered in infants who were admitted with complaint of seizure, and aside from EEG monitoring a detailed history and careful observation are very important factors in differential diagnosis of these two different conditions.

Key words

Masturbation Infantile spasm 

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gülhis Deda
    • 1
  • Hüseyin Çaksen
    • 1
  • Emine Suskan
    • 2
  • Derya Gümüs
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric NeurologyAnkara University Medical FacultyGaziosmanpasa AnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsAnkara University Medical FacultyAnkaraTurkey

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