Seizures in newborns do not always show a clear electro-clinical correlation. The real epileptic nature of some stereotyped rhythmic movements, included in the ‘subtle seizures’ and considered as brainstem release phenomena, is still debated. We report a brain injured newborn, who displayed several episodes of repetitive limb movements. The ictal EEG discharge, during one of these episodes, was associated with a motor pattern modification, which was endowed with quadrupedal locomotion kinematic features. This might represent an indirect evidence of cervical and lumbar Central Pattern Generators interconnection with in-phase coordination between diagonal limbs since the first hours of life in humans.
Neonatal seizure automatism and human inborn pattern of quadrupedal locomotion / Pavlidis, E; Cantalupo, G.; Cattani, L.; Tassinari, C.A.; Pisani, F.. - In: GAIT & POSTURE. - ISSN 0966-6362. - 49(2016), pp. 232-234. [10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.07.015]
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