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Does temporal lobe epilepsy cause dyscalucia.

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

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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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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What to do if I have temporal lobe epilepsy that causes me to hear voices?

Get sz controlled: Not unique for temporal lobe epilepsy to cause auras of taste, smell, and even hallucinatory like activity, and presume you have confirmed diagnosis from your doctor. To control the issues, you may need specific anti-epileptic medication revision or even the placement of a vagal nerve stimulator device. In occasional cases, surgery is highly beneficial. ...Read more

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I suffer from temporal lobe epilepsy. I was wondering what problems this can cause having my right temporal lobe removed?

I suffer from temporal lobe epilepsy. I was wondering what problems this can cause having my right temporal lobe removed?

Limited: Surgery removis a small amount of tissue felt responsible for your seizures/ the area can be localized with current tools such as mri, pet scans and direct eeg recording from the brain beneath the skull. In most people the dominant hemisphere of speech is on the left. Removal of the usual temporal lobe area should not affect memory or speech or cause behavioral problems. ...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 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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I have Left temporal lobe Epilepsy (caused by Injury) I currently am Taking Dilantin, Keppra, Propanolol, which one is likely to cause Dermatitis?

I have Left temporal lobe Epilepsy (caused by Injury) I currently am Taking Dilantin, Keppra, Propanolol, which one is likely to cause Dermatitis?

All: They all can cause dermatitis and a rash. Strong suggestion is to be evaluated by your doctor who can look at the rash and better understand your history to be able to help discern which may be the causative agent. ...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 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

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How do you treat temporal lobe epilepsy?

Temporal lobe epi: Many people with temporal lobe epilepsy have partial onset seizures or complex partial seizures. Many people with this condition can be successfully treated with medication, such as lamotrigine or levetiracetam. People who cannot be treated well with medication may find it possible to obtain relief with epilepsy surgery. ...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 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 are the unusual features of temporal lobe epilepsy?

What are the unusual features of temporal lobe epilepsy?

Auras: Temporal lobe epilepsy typically had distinctive auras (warning signs) before the seizure, including a rising feeling in the stomach, feelings of deja-vu, olfactory hallucinations (strong imagined odors), and some other symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: temporal lobe epilepsy?

What is the definition or description of: temporal lobe epilepsy?

Szs temporal lobe: A type of epilepsy that includes seizures from either temporal lobe of the brain. Seizures include: auras (simple partials sz) like abnormal sensation of taste, smell, rising sensation from stomach; complex partial sz- alteration of awareness with abnormal movements; + convulsions (shaking with loss of awareness, tongue biting/incontinence). Mri often shows hippocampal abnormality. ...Read more

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Diagnosed 8 weeks ago with temporal lobe epilepsy. I am 55. I am so angry to have this. Why?

Diagnosed 8 weeks ago with temporal lobe epilepsy. I am 55. I am so angry to have this. Why?

Need evaluation.: It's hard to answer this question in this forum. Use HealthTap Prime or pose the question to the neurologist who made the diagnosis. In general, TLE can arise from trauma (head injury), herpes virus infections of the brain (HSV encephalitis), "idiopathic" causes (meaning, "it just happens"), & other reasons. We can't explore all the possibilities in this forum. Preventing seizures is key. Good luc ...Read more

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What is the best advice to give my brother who has been diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy?

To take his medicine: Since you are 62, your brother cannot be a lot younger, which suggests that his epilepsy is probably due to a concussion (even if it occurred a long time ago), a small stroke, or another brain lesion. Mri scan may be able to establish the underlying cause and possibly lead to removal of this cause. However, whatever the cause, it is not likely that the epilepsy will stop on its own any time soon. ...Read more

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Is temporal lobe epilepsy easier to operate on than other types of epilepsy?

Yes and No: Temporal lobe epilepsy is a specific disease that may be helped by temporal lobe resection. It may be easier to diagnose and offer treatment but the technical part of brain surgery is still the same. ...Read more

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What are the most common complications of temporal lobe epilepsy surgery?

What are the most common complications of temporal lobe epilepsy surgery?

Depends on the side: The most common problems are just headaches, infections, or the lack of seizure cure. The more scary complications are the less common complications. For instance, partial vision loss, memory problems, or speech problems are only seen in 2-5% of patients. Talk to you md about your specific case please. ...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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Explain viscosity personality (especially in temporal lobe epilepsy)? Does it include being stuck on just a few interests or topics of conversation?

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Viscous personality: It is the behavioral tendency to talk repetitively & circumstantially about a restricted range of topics. These subjects are also clingy to people. ...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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Could development of temporal lobe epilepsy and dyslexia be related? Is there a relationship between alice in wonderland syndrome and tle?

Could development of temporal lobe epilepsy and dyslexia be related? Is there a relationship between alice in wonderland syndrome and tle?

Relationships: There does no seem to be any relationship between temporal lobe epilepsy nor is there a relationship between tle and alice in woderland syndrome. ...Read more

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I have temporal lobe epilepsy, and after a seizure I am exhausted for days. Normal?

Can be: Depends partly upon whether your seizures "generalize" (turn into a convulsion). If so, being tired for a day or two would be common. For a complex partial seizure, usually folks recover more swiftly, but occasionally I see a patient who takes longer than normal to recover. ...Read more

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What to do for rage outbursts most probably stemed from temporal lobe epilepsy? Is controlling the seizure better with different medicine to reduce it?

Change in treatment.: Hello and thanks for using healthtap. Psychological changes related to temporal lobe epilepsy, including rage, are related mostly to lymbic system involvement by seizures. These changes are known as interictal syndrome. Better control of seizures should minimize these behavioral changes too. If rage outbursts happen don't correspond with seizures activity, then Psychiatrist evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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Does nocturnal temporal lobe epilepsy disappear? I have no seizures for 7 years. The seizures were 40 seconds long. I've always taken carbamazepine.

Does nocturnal temporal lobe epilepsy disappear? I have no seizures for 7 years.
The seizures were 40 seconds long. I've always taken carbamazepine.

Can: Most large studies of withdrawing seizure medicines were done at the 2 yr seizure-free mark. Evaluation by a neurologist can help evaluate the risk of tapering off. Eeg and MRI along with the history and exam help determine chances of success. If it's the genetic nocturnal tle, then recurrence would be likely off aeds. ...Read more

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I'm 18 yrs old and have temporal lobe epilepsy. Is smoking marijuana bad for this?

I'm 18 yrs old and have temporal lobe epilepsy. Is smoking marijuana bad for this?

Yes and no: In a strict sense, no, ingestion of marijuana actually raises the seizure threshold. However, more concerning are indirect effects: epilepsy can coexist with depression, which may be worsened by marijuana. Smoking anything can worsen lung function. Marijuana may induce some liver enzymes, which may speed up elimination of some antiepileptic drugs. Use your judgment in this instance. Good luck! ...Read more

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Sometimes I forget my medications amlodopine (for hypertension) & carbamazepine (for temporal lobe epilepsy). Can I go without them like this?

Sometimes I forget my medications amlodopine (for hypertension) & carbamazepine (for temporal lobe epilepsy). Can I go without them like this?

Medications: Medicines are tested for effectiveness usually with one primary dosage methodology. If you want the outcome associated with the proof of effectiveness; you need to take the medication as it is approved and prescribed. If you don't take them as prescribed, your chances of the desired outcome are impaired. ...Read more

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Hv left temporal lobe epilepsy, on 150 mg lamictal x 2 times, tegretol 200 mg x 2 times. What are consequences of tegretol taken for over 30 yrs?

Hv left temporal lobe epilepsy, on 150 mg lamictal x 2 times, tegretol 200 mg x 2 times. What are consequences of tegretol taken for over 30 yrs?

Probably minor: Although tegretol rarely caused bone marrow suppression and liver abnormalities, the most likely long-term effects include low sodium, mild liver function abnormalities, elevation of cholesterol levels, and osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Hv left temporal lobe epilepsy, on 150 mg lamictal x 2 times, tegretol 200 mg x 2 times. What are consequences of tegretol taken for over 30 yrs?

Some consequences: Long-term tegretol can affect sodium and liver functions, but can also raise cholesterol and contribute to osteoporosis. Unlikely, at this point, you will have bone marrow or liver damage. Might talk with your neurologist, as newer meds may be more convenient and safer. ...Read more

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What are psychological or cognitive conditions that may go along with temporal lobe epilepsy? Can tle affect executive functioning, being impulsive?

What are psychological or cognitive conditions that may go along with temporal lobe epilepsy? Can tle affect executive functioning, being impulsive?

Geschwind's syndrome: Classical personality interictal changes, include lack of sexual interest, hyper-religiousity or multiple conversions, excessive writing or drawing, obsessional activities, labile emotional shifts such as mania, depression, guilt, anger, hostility, emotional intensity. Even the bible describes these sorts of personalities. ...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. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more