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What is temporal lobe epilepsy?

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What is temporal lobe epilepsy?

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The most common epilepsy in adults for which surgery is performed is temporal lobe epilepsy (complex-partial seizures, psychomotor epilepsy). Many of these patients have had febrile convulsions as a child. In temporal lobe epilepsy, the seizures often start with an aura. The onset of convulsions might begin with a strange sensation in the stomach, a feeling of fear, déjà vu or hallucinations. During seizures, patients might lick their lips, move their limbs repetitively or hold them in unusual postures. Patients will not act or respond normally during these episodes. They could remain partially conscious or lose total consciousness. Temporal lobe epilepsy is most commonly associated with a “scar” in a region of the brain called the hippocampus, or mesial temporal sclerosis. Seizures stop in more than 70 percent of patients when this lesion is removed. Some of these patients can stop medications after a couple years.

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