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Trop Doct. 2010 Jul;40(3):173-5. doi: 10.1258/td.2010.090373.

Clinical characteristics of people with head nodding in southern Tanzania.

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  • 1Interdisciplinary Centre for Palliative Medicine and Department of Neurology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.


We have previously described a seizure disorder characterized by head nodding (HN). In a prospective study in southern Tanzania, we evaluated 62 patients with HN. Here, we report the patients' clinical characteristics and those of their seizures, which indicate high seizure frequency, unsatisfactory seizure control, a high burden of cognitive impairment and disease-associated barriers to education.

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