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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 134578, 2 pages
Case Report

Hot Water Epilepsy in a Pregnant Woman: A Case Report

1Department of Neurology, Bitlis State Hospital, 13100 Bitlis, Turkey
2Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Yüzüncü Yıl University, 65080 Van, Turkey

Received 25 August 2010; Accepted 21 November 2010

Academic Editor: Michael S. Firstenberg

Copyright © 2010 Aysel Milanlıoğlu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hot water epilepsy is a unique form of reflex epilepsy precipitated by the stimulus of bathing with hot water poured over the head. It is mostly seen in infants and children, with a predominance in males. Unlikely, we present a 32-year-old pregnancy woman with the incipient of reflex seizures triggered by pouring hot water over the head while having a bath during the gestation period and treated successfully with carbamazepine 400 mg/day therapy. Hot water epilepsy is known as a benign and self-limited reflex epilepsy, by firstly avoiding hot water or long showers and secondly using intermittent benzodiazepines or conventional antiepileptic drugs, may be sufficient to be seizure-free.