A preoccupation with food, increased appetite and a preference for fine food had developed in a 10-year-old obese boy soon after the onset of refractory seizures at 8 years of age, in a report from University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland. He had streptococcal B sepsis and hemorrhage in the right temporoparietal lobes during the neonatal period. Seizures were stereotyped, with loss of contact and oral automatisms or dystonic posturing of the left hand. Their frequency was once a week to 7 times a day. They were uncontrolled despite trial of 5 different antiepileptic drugs. He preferred to cook meals for himself rather than eat at fast food restaurants. He had no history of emotional disorder, binge eating, bulimia, or preoccupation with his weight. Neurological examination revealed a left inferior quadrantanopia and left dysdiadochokinesia. In presurgical evaluation, the EEG showed a right posterior focus, and diffuse bilateral parasaggital seizure activity in sleep. MRI revealed a porencephaly, periventricular gliosis and hemosiderin deposits in the right parietal lobe. Neuropsychological examination showed visuospatial memory deficits, discrete signs of neglect, more pronounced in the postictal phase, with perseveration and confabulation. [1]

COMMENT. “Gourmand” syndrome” reported in adults with right hemisphere lesions is often associated with epilepsy, and the eating disorder may be reversible when epilepsy is controlled [2]. The authors recommend brain imaging to rule out right hemisphere lesion in a patient who develops disturbed eating habits following a head injury or seizures.