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"Gourmand syndrome" in a child with pharmacoresistant epilepsy

Kurian, M.
Schmitt-Mechelke, T.
Published in Epilepsy & Behavior. 2008, vol. 13, no. 2, p. 413-415
Abstract We report the case of a 10-year-old boy with pharmacoresistant epilepsy, symptomatic of a right temporoparietal hemorrhagic lesion, who displayed an eating passion as described for the gourmand syndrome (GS) in adults and discuss the role of epilepsy in GS. This patient presented with a significant change in his eating habits (abnormal preoccupation with the preparation and eating of fine-quality food) concordant with the onset of his seizure disorder, without any previous history of eating disorders or psychiatric illness. This observation corroborates the important role of the right cerebral hemisphere in disturbed eating habits, including the relatively benign GS, and, possibly rarely, in less benign eating disorders such as anorexia and obesity.
Keywords Anticonvulsants/therapeutic useAppetite/physiologyCerebral Hemorrhage/complications/physiopathologyChildDominance, Cerebral/physiologyDrug ResistanceEating Disorders/diagnosis/drug therapy/physiopathologyEpilepsy/diagnosis/drug therapy/physiopathologyFeeding Behavior/physiologyHumansMaleNeuropsychological TestsParietal Lobe/physiopathologyTemporal Lobe/physiopathology
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