Aphasic status epilepticus

Eur Neurol. 1988;28(5):255-7. doi: 10.1159/000116279.


We studied a case of focal status epilepticus with aphasia as the sole manifestation, lasting 21 days. A 77-year-old woman developed aphasic seizures followed by aphasic status epilepticus 10 months after a left temporo-occipital hemorrhage. The diagnosis was made only after EEG, and seizures were stopped by anticonvulsant medication. Aphasic status epilepticus may be only a reflection of cerebral irritability, suggesting the possibility of a functional etiology for prolonged language disorders also in adults.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aphasia / etiology*
  • Aphasia / physiopathology
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / complications
  • Electroencephalography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Speech Disorders / etiology*
  • Speech Disorders / physiopathology
  • Status Epilepticus / complications
  • Status Epilepticus / diagnosis
  • Status Epilepticus / physiopathology*
  • Time Factors