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Yawning as the Presenting Feature of a Complex Partial Seizure

Mohammadali M. Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs, Ghaffar Shokouhi, Paul S. Agutter, Ali Pashapour, Marios Loukas


Yawning as the presenting feature of complex partial seizures is an extremely rare phenomenon. We report a 37-year-old female who presented with spontaneous attacks of yawning and stretching, which were controlled by the anticonvulsant carbamazepine. Spiral brain CT scan and MRI were unrevealing. The relevant literature is summarized and the proposed mechanisms of anomalous yawning are addressed.

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