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The characteristic features of eyelid myoclonias, induced by eye closure and by photosensitivity, means that this syndrome is often easy to distinguish from other epilepsy syndromes.

Differential diagnoses include:

  • Facial tics (often this syndrome is missed and patients are mistakenly thought to have facial tics)
  • Patients with other epilepsy syndromes with photosensitivity may self-induce (with eye closure) absence seizures with eyelid flutter.
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