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Re: 8 year old's eye roll up involuntarily

Posted By CCF Neurology MD - AY on December 28, 1998 at 17:52:41:

In Reply to: 8 year old's eye roll up involuntarily posted by Dan Berninger on December 28, 1998 at 17:09:41:

Does anyone recognize a seizure behavior where the eye's roll up involuntarily.
My 8 year old daughter has experienced this for several days increasing in frequency during the day adding up to perhaps a hundred events in 12 hours. They last not much longer than the blink of an eye. I observe some (not a lot) movement of the face, so the events look more involved than just her looking up with her eyes. Both eyes go all the way up leaving mostly white with a small cresent of her retinas looking slightly crossed.
We got a complete eye exam which showed everything normal.
She has no previous history of neurological problems.
Thank you in advance,
Dan Berninger

Thanks for your question.  Simultaneous forced upward gaze is a sign frequently
seen during a seizure episode, and the symptoms described in your message
indicated that abnormal brain activity (seizure) such definitely be included
in the differential diagnosis.  The associated facial movements can also be
found during seizures.  An electroencephalogram (EEG) would be very helpful
in elucidating your daughter's clinical situation.  Please mention this
possibility to her pediatrician.
I hope this information is helpful.  Best of luck.
This information is provided for general medical education purposes only.
Please consult your doctor regarding diagnostic and treatment options.

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