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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is temporal lobe epilepsy?

Temporal lobe seizures are sometimes called focal seizures with impaired awareness. They arise from the temporal lobe of the brain. Some people remain aware of what's happening, but during more-intense seizures, the person may look awake but be unresponsive. Causes include brain disease/ infections, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral tumours, and genetic syndromes.

Symptoms related to temporal lobe epilepsy

  • Make noises or mutter subconsciously whenever moving arms or legs

  • Arms or legs sometimes move slowly without intending to

  • Uncontrollable movements that make me subconsciously walk or wander around

  • Hand and legs perform complex actions when moved subconsciously

  • Mouth makes chewing movements when moving arms or legs

  • Strange smell before losing consciousness

  • Tasted something strange before losing consciousness

  • Stomach discomfort or nausea before losing consciousness

Questions your doctor may ask to check for temporal lobe epilepsy

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose temporal lobe epilepsy

  • Do you make noises or mutter subconsciously whenever you move your arms or legs?

  • Do your arms or legs sometimes move slowly without intending to?

  • Do your uncontrollable movements make you subconsciously walk or wander around?

  • When your hands or legs move subconsciously, do they perform complex actions?

  • Does your mouth make chewing movements when you move your arms or legs?

Treatment for temporal lobe epilepsy

Treatment includes anti-seizure medication and surgical procedures to control the seizures, as well as treatment of the underlying cause.

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