Abstract, originally published in The Educational Journal of Epileptic Disorders
Bathing epilepsy is a rare form of reflex epilepsy triggered by bathing in room temperature water. It predominates in boys with a mean age of 15 months and its evolution is benign. Diagnosis of bathing epilepsy requires the exclusion of other paroxysmal disorders triggered by water contact. Video-EEG confirmation of the seizures is necessary to reach a diagnosis of certainty and to allow adequate management. We present the case of a one-year-old boy who experienced recurrent episodes of unresponsiveness and cyanosis while bathing in lukewarm water. The diagnosis of bathing epilepsy was confirmed by the video-EEG recording of a seizure, showing left-sided frontotemporal delta activity with rapid contralateral spread. Therapy with levetiracetam was effective, subsequently allowing bathing without further seizures.