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Seizure, Temporal Lobe

Seizure, Temporal Lobe Causes

The condition results from the abnormal synchornization of the brain cells' electrical activity. It may be a due to a traumatic injury, infections, lack of oxygen, blood vessel malformations in the brain, stroke, brain tumors, and genetic syndromes

Seizure, Temporal Lobe Definition

Temporal lobe seizure is a type of complex partial seizure that is usually localized to one part of the brain.

Seizure, Temporal Lobe Diagnosis

The doctor performs a neurological exam testing the patient's reflexes, muscle tone, muscle strength, sensory function, posture, coordination and balance. He or she may also recommend blood tests to check for infections that may have triggered the condition. To detect brain abnormalities, the doctor also recommends scans or tests such as an electroencephalogram, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, and single-photon emission computerized tomography.

Seizure, Temporal Lobe Symptoms and Signs

Affected individuals experience a preceding unusual sensation or emotion such as a sudden sense of unprovoked fear, a deja vu experience, a rising sensation in the abdomen, and the sudden occurrence of a strange odor or taste. Signs and symptoms may include loss of awareness of surroundings, staring, lip-smacking, repeated swallowing, and making picking motions with the fingers. After an episode, the patient may be confused and unable to recall the events that occurred during the seizure.

Seizure, Temporal Lobe Treatment

Many patients outgrow their condition if there are no defect or scar where the seizures originate, which may result to may be difficult to control through medications. Thus, surgery may be an option to remove the defect.

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