Pilomotor seizures

Hsiang Yu Yu, Der Jen Yen*, Chun Hing Yiu, Wen Wuh Chung, Jiing Feng Lirng, Ming Shung Su

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We report pilomotor seizures in two patients who had piloerection or gooseflesh spreading in a pattern like the 'Jacksonian march', confined ipsilaterally to the lesion side. The first patient presented this in conjunction with complex partial seizures. Left anterior temporal lobectomy abolished pilomotor and other seizures. Pathological study demonstrated hippocampal sclerosis. A meningioma near the left sphenoid region, incompletely removed, is the likely cause of pilomotor seizures in the second patient. Carbamazepine reduced pilomotor seizures these attacks. To our knowledge, hippocampal sclerosis and meningioma have pilomotor seizures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-21
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1998


  • Piloerection
  • Pilomotor epilepsy
  • Pilomotor seizures


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