British Medical Journal 1981; 282:180-182
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T.P. Berney, J.W. Osselton, I. Kolvin and M.J. Day, "Effect of discotheque environment on epileptic children", British Medical Journal, Volume 282, pp. 180-182, (British Medical Journal, April 1981).
A free-field study of 22 epileptic children, selected on the basis of past electroencephalographic abnormality, identified a group who exhibited a significant increase in epileptiform discharge rate on electroencephalography in a discotheque environment (p<0.05). Laboratory investigations showed that these children were activated by a wide range of stimuli, including intermittent photic stimulation and exercise. The response to exercise was a good predictor of a child's electroencephalographic response in a discotheque.
The findings suggest that most epileptic children are not particularly vulnerable in a discotheque environment.