Genital automatisms: Reappraisal of a remarkable but ignored symptom of focal seizures

Dede H. O., Bebek N., Gurses C., Baysal-Kirac L., Baykan B., Gokyigit A.

EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR, vol.80, pp.84-89, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.12.023
  • Journal Name: EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.84-89
  • Keywords: Genital automatisms, Hand automatisms, Drug-resistant epilepsy, Semiology, TEMPORAL-LOBE EPILEPSY, COMPLEX PARTIAL SEIZURES, LATERALIZING SIGNS, VIDEO-EEG, SEMIOLOGY, MANIFESTATIONS, ORIGIN
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: Genital automatisms (GAs) are uncommon clinical phenomena of focal seizures. They are defined as repeated fondling, grabbing, or scratching of the genitals. The aim of this study was to determine the lateralizing and localizing value and associated clinical characteristics of GAs.