In six cases of reflex epilepsy, the seizures were triggered by reading or elaborating a verbal utterance, and were accompanied on EEG by focal or generalized epileptiform activity. The seizures were controlled with clonazepam in four cases and by sodium valproate in two cases. We speculate that the disturbance has cortical origin and is triggered by neural processes involved in the elaboration of language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-656
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


  • Clonazepam
  • Language‐induced seizures
  • Reading epilepsy
  • Reflex epilepsy
  • Valproate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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