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A case for more case studies: reading epilepsy from the dominant temporo-occipital region
  1. Matthias J Koepp
  1. Correspondence to Professor M J Koepp, National Society for Epilepsy, Chesham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 0RJ, UK; mkoepp{at}

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Reading epilepsy was first described in 1956 by Bickford and colleagues1 who distinguished ‘primary’ or ‘specific’ reading epilepsy, with seizures only in relation to reading, from a ‘secondary’, non-specific variety, with seizures when reading but under other conditions as well. Jaw jerks are the hallmark of reading epilepsy but many other distinct types of reading induced ictal symptoms have been described: abrupt loss of consciousness, absences, paroxysmal alexia or dyslexia, and prolonged stuttering. Reading epilepsy is characterised by a wide variety …

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