epilepsy involves the portions of the brain that
control emotions and memory. The temporal lobes are located on each side of the
head just above the ears at the temples. Temporal lobe epilepsy can cause both
partial and generalized seizures.
Temporal lobe seizures cause behaviors such as smacking of the lips
or rubbing the hands together. Other features of the seizures may include
emotional or thought disturbances and hallucinations involving sounds, smells,
Watching your child have his or her first seizure was probably one of the most frightening moments of your life. Finding out that your child has epilepsy may have been another one. The future may suddenly seem terrifying and uncertain for both your child and your whole family. But as you may already know, the news is not nearly as bad as it sounds. Here are some things to keep in mind if your child has had a seizure:
Most children who have a seizure don't have another one.
Treatment with medicine controls seizures in many people who have
temporal lobe epilepsy. A type of brain surgery called anterior temporal
lobectomy is another treatment option for people with this type of
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March 12, 2014
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