Burns from foul play? No – previously unsuspected epilepsy
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Introduction. Injuries such as burns may occur from unwitnessed and unsuspected new onset epilepsy with forensic implications.Case report. A young woman was found with >25% 2nd and 3rd degree body burns after an unwitnessed morning event in a shower.Discussion. The onset of tonic-clonic seizures and limb jerks in adolescence with a typical EEG recording of 3–4/second spike/polyspike-and-waves are diagnostic of Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME). Worldwide there is a significant morbidity and mortality in epilepsy from burns. The treatment of JME and of burns was discussed.
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