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Temporal lobe epilepsy

A type of epilepsy in which abnormal electrical discharges occur in the temporal lobe (most of the lower side of each half of the cerebrum) in the brain.

The usual cause of this type of epilepsy is damage to the temporal lobe, which can be due to a head injury, birth injury, brain abscess, brain tumour, or stroke.


Attacks of this form of epilepsy cause unpleasant hallucinations, dreamlike states, the perception of an illusory scene, or déjà vu. There may also be rotation of the head and eyes, grimacing, and chewing and sucking movements. The afflicted person can have no memory of activities during an attack, which can last for hours or just minutes. Occasionally the seizures develop into a grand mal seizure.


Diagnosis and drug treatment is the same as for other types and forms of epilepsy.

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