Seizures triggered by july 4th fireworks in an 8-year-old girl with perinatal stroke

Jared R. Brosch, Meredith R. Golomb

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Abstract

Warnings regarding fireworks displays as a possible seizure-producing stimulus have been around for several years, but there is a lack of well-documented cases. This case describes photic- and/or pattern-induced seizures that appeared to be triggered by July 4 fireworks. This 8-year-old girl with hemiplegic cerebral palsy and known seizure disorder because of perinatal right middle cerebral artery stroke had a cluster of seizures within minutes of the onset of a professional fireworks display. The seizures stopped when the child's eyes were covered and she was taken away from the scene. The importance of photic- and pattern-induced seizures in children is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-641
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of child neurology
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • absence
  • epilepsy
  • fireworks
  • photosensitivity
  • seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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