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Can temporal lobe epilepsy be cured?

Can temporal lobe epilepsy be cured?

Cured?: In the hands of an epilepsy specialized neurologist and a specialty trained neurosurgeon, it can be a well treated condition if the focus is truly in the medial temporal lobe and it can be resected. Only those specialists can tell you if the disease is treatable or possibly without symptoms- cured is the difficult word. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


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Can somebody describe temporal lobe epilepsy?

Can somebody describe temporal lobe epilepsy?

Need more words: Simple and complex focal epilepsy are difficult to diagnose, ; represent 40% of all epilepsies. Presentation varies from small motor tics, unusual perceptual disturbances, time-distortion, derealization, panic-like sxs, compulsive behaviors, catatonic variants, atypical aggressive outbursts, obsessions, and much more. See a specialist in 1) epilepsy or 2) behavioral neurology ; neuropsych. ...Read more

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What can be done for temporal lobe seizures?

What can be done for temporal lobe seizures?

It depends: Temporal lobe epilepsy is an old term for a partial seizure that seems to come from a temporal lobe region of the brain. It can be simple, complex, or can secondarily generalize. Initially a good quality eeg and MRI will help to localize and characterize the process. Initial trial of medication is appropriate, and consideration of epilepsy surgery is appropriate. Some cases are very difficult. ...Read more

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Can you die from temporal lobe epilepsy?

If untreated maybe: Death risk far higher if seizure generalizes to grand mal, and occurs while at heights or driving. Also, something called sudep, which is death during sleep. But, if one takes appropriate anti-epileptic drugs and prevents the seizures, these episodes are rare, if ever, and may very well have a normal lifespan. ...Read more

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Can Generalized epilepsy be cured?

Can Generalized epilepsy be cured?

Controlled: It is unlikely to be cured but there are multiple effective therapies that can control your symptoms. Your neurologist can help guide you through the best options for you personally. ...Read more

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Old childhood head trauma. Possible cause for temporal lobe epilepsy? ADHD? Could Neurontin (gabapentin) help with ADHD symptoms, temporal lobe trauma?

Old  childhood head trauma. Possible  cause for temporal lobe epilepsy? ADHD?  Could Neurontin (gabapentin) help with ADHD symptoms, temporal lobe trauma?

Qualified Assessment: The issues you describe cross over several medical specialties: Psychiatry, Neurology, and Geriatric Medicine. Thorough evaluations by an Internist, Neurologist, and Psychiatrist familiar with ADHD (and each other) would be a good start. ...Read more

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Can cerebral/white matter scarring/calcification due to TORCH infection cause temporal lobe epilepsy? Can TLE cause aggressive explosive behavior?

Can cerebral/white matter scarring/calcification due to TORCH infection cause temporal lobe epilepsy? Can TLE cause aggressive explosive behavior?

Yes: It is common that after sustaining scarring of the brain (due to infection, tumors, surgery or brain damage) for a person to suffer seizure type disorders such as temporal lobe epilepsy. Many symptoms accompany these disorders such as behavioral and personality changes, memory and reasoning problems, among others. Proper pharmacological treatment by a neurologist and behavioral therapy helps. ...Read more

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Could temporal lobe epilepsy cause bad behavior?

Could temporal lobe epilepsy cause bad behavior?

Yes: I have treated a few patients with eeg-confirmed simple focal epilepsy (tle) whose primary presentation included unprecipitated aggressive outbursts, and even a few with atypical appetitive behaviors. As "bad behavior" has many potential causes though, please see a md specializing in epilepsy or behavioral neurology ; neuropsychiatry. ...Read more

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Does temporal lobe epilepsy cause dyscalucia .

Coexisting: There may be coexisting problems of Temporal Lobe epilepsy and dyscalculia. Unlikely to be a cause and effect relationship ...Read more

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Epilepsy can be cured or not?

Epilepsy can be cured or not?

Treatment: Mostly yes: first identify the cause of seizures and then remove the cause; second, many non removable causes can successfully treated by antiepileptic medications, surgeries, diet, and vagus nerve stimulator. Few epilepsies are very resistant to treat non epileptic seizures must be ruled out. ...Read more

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I would like to know can temporal resection surgery cure petit mal epilepsy.

No: Petit mal is a generalized epilepsy usually seen in children. It responds to Ethosuccamide or Depakote. It resolves on its own by age 14 in virtually all boys and most girls. Perhaps you are thinking of Complex Partial Epilepsy which sometimes can be treated with anterior temporal surgery (if the seizure focus is in that anterior temporal lobe) ...Read more

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Could temporal lobe epilepsy contribute towards schizophrenia?

No: But I have encountered several patients incorrectly diagnosed with schizophrenia who were instead suffering from undiagnosed and untreated focal epilepsy (TLE). Focal epilepsy can be very hard to spot, particularly if temporal or on undersurface of the brain. Continuous videotelemetry EEG (EMU) are key, though I have picked up several on routine EEG. ...Read more

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Can brain tumors be misdiagnosed as frontal sinus infections?

Can brain tumors be misdiagnosed as frontal sinus infections?

Not expected: Typically imaging can easily distinguish, other than the occurrence of a naso-pharyngeal carcinoma invading the sinuses. ...Read more

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Will temporal lope epilepsy cause hypersexuality?

Will temporal lope epilepsy cause hypersexuality?

No.: There is no association between these conditions. One is neither the cause nor associated with the other. A distinct injury to the temporal lobe could conceivably result in both conditions, this would be very unlikely however. ...Read more

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Could epilepsy be diagnosed without a brain spike?

See below: Epilepsy is clinically diagnosed by a detailed history ; physical examination, ; use of ancillary tests such as an electroencephalogram (eeg), neuroimaging scans such as MRI ; cts, among other tests. Eegs record brain electrical activity (including spikes) ; although it greatly can aid in the diagnosis- presentation of the seizures ; past history is key to diagnosis of epilepsy. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Do people with temporal lobe epilepsy have Alzheimer's later?

Great question: Boston is a great town to keep track of this. This is a very sophisticated question. There are rare cases of "tle" in which an autoimmune encephalitis seems to be causitive. Some cases of autoimmune encephalitis are not monophasic, and can recur, with cumulative neuronal injury. It is possible but yet unknown if alzheimer-type pathology (amyloid plaques) would be accelerated in such cases. ...Read more

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Can I drive if frontal lobe epilepsy?

Depends: It depends on both the nature of the seizures and the local driving regulations. Seizures that don't affect awareness, consciousness or muscle control may not impact driving. See the following link for state-by-state regulations and you should speak with your doctor. http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/rights_driving. ...Read more

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What sort of metabolic disorders can cause epilepsy and specifically, temporal lobe epilepsy?

What sort of metabolic disorders can cause epilepsy and specifically, temporal lobe epilepsy?

Several disorders: Epilepsy (recurring seizures) can occur in several different types of inherited biochemical diseases, including organic acidemias, urea cycle disorders, fatty acid oxidation defects, and biotinidase deficiency. Temporal lobe seizures, often with sensory or auditory hallucinations, are usually not metabolic but may run in a family which is passing a genetic mutation from one generation to the next. ...Read more

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Could my symptoms be simple partial epilepsy or a form of temporal epilepsy?

TLE and sPS: Simple partial seizures may come from the temporal lobe. If there is no loss of contact . Complex partial seizures have loss of contact. Simple partial seizures may come from other areas like the frontal lobe. It is difficult to answer your question without a full history MRI of the brain eeg and video eeg. I recommend a consultation in specialized epilepsy center. ...Read more

Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more