Biorhythmic Aspects of Epileptic Manifestations

  • U. J. Jovanović


As early as 1938, Griffiths and Fox (21) found it striking that epileptic manifestations show a certain rhythmicity. In epilepsies on awakening and in epilepsies with combined seizures, biorhythm is affected by numerous external and internal factors. On the other hand, an infradian biorhythm in sleep epilepsies could be demonstrated quite clearly by means of statistical methods (22). Also, in epilepsies with fits on awakening, a relationship between the seizures and the menstrual cycle has been found. In addition, this form of epilepsy shows an annual or a semiannual biorhythm (40). According to our experience with outdoor examinations (39, 40), most fits occur in January/April and September/November. If an epileptic patient seemed to suffer fits irregularly in the course of the year, grand mal seizures accumulated in January/April and September/November, but occurred sporadically or never during the other months.


Sleep Deprivation Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Epileptic Patient Paradoxical Sleep Deep Sleep 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. J. Jovanović
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuropsychiatric ClinicUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgW. Germany

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