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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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BARRETO-ACEVEDO, Elliot et al. Postictal psychosis with religious delusions: a case report. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2019, vol.82, n.1, pp.90-96. ISSN 0034-8597.

Peri-ictal religious manifestations in epilepsy have been described since ancestral times. Psychopathology associated with epilepsy is frequent; among other manifestations, the psychosis associated with epilepsy has been reported, although less frequently than depression and anxiety; especially postictal psychosis. In recent years the use of prolonged monitoring with Video-EEG has allowed us to better study these manifestations. We present a case of drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy, with an episode of postictal psychosis characterized by religious delusions. A detailed study was performed that included brain imaging and prolonged Video-EEG. We review the literature and physiopathogenic mechanisms proposed for this postictal phenomenon.

Keywords : Temporal lobe epilepsy; religiosity; postictal psychosis; Video-EEG.

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