Posttraumatic pilomotor seizures: a case report

Epilepsia. Sep-Oct 1988;29(5):640-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1988.tb03775.x.


Pilomotor epilepsy is a rare phenomenon. A 35-year-old man suffered a traumatic contusion of the right temporal lobe and subsequently developed spells characterized by diffuse piloerection and sweating. We believe this to be the first reported association between pilomotor epilepsy and posttraumatic head injury. Although pilomotor seizures may result from diverse etiologies, they appear to have a common involvement of temporolimbic structures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Injuries / complications
  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis
  • Brain Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Piloerection*
  • Reflex*
  • Seizures / etiology
  • Seizures / physiopathology*
  • Temporal Lobe / physiopathology