Understanding Temporal Lobe Seizure
What Are the Symptoms of Temporal Lobe Seizure?
A seizure originating in the temporal lobe of the brain may be preceded by an aura or warning symptom, such as:
Abnormal sensations (which may include a rising or "funny" feeling in the gut)
Hallucinations (including sights, smells, tastes)
Vivid deja vu or recalled memories or emotions
A sudden, intense emotion not related to anything happening at the time
During the seizure, a person may experience motor disturbances, sensory symptoms, or autonomic symptoms.
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Motor or movement disturbances (called automatisms) may include the following:
Rhythmic muscle contractions on one side of the body or face
Abnormal mouth behaviors (lip smacking, chewing for no reason, slobbering)
Abnormal head movements (forced turning of the head or eyes)
Repetitive movements (such as picking at clothing)
Other sensory symptoms may include the following sensations that start in one area and spread:
A feeling that the flesh is crawling
Autonomic symptoms may include the following:
Abdominal pain or nausea
Sweating, flushing, dilated pupils, or rapid heartbeat
Depending on whether the victim remains conscious, he or she may not remember having a seizure at all. A period of confusion frequently follows seizures and can last several minutes.