Tooth brushing-induced seizures: a case report

M Koutroumanidis, R Pearce, D R Sadoh, C P Panayiotopoulos
Epilepsia 2001, 42 (5): 686-8
We report a 28-year-old woman of normal intellect, who had three late-onset seizures with unusual ictal features and secondary generalization during prolonged and vigorous tooth brushing. Neurologic examination and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were normal, but interictal EEG showed left frontal epileptiform activity. Reasonable precautions (regular but briefer and less vigorous brushing of her teeth) combined with a moderate dose of carbamazepine effectively prevented seizure recurrence. This case may be an example of cryptogenic form of reflex epilepsy with seizures induced exclusively by tooth brushing.

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