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Understanding Temporal Lobe Seizure -- Symptoms

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 under your breast bone or in the area of your stomach)
  • Hallucinations (including sights, smells, tastes)
  • Vivid deja vu (a sense of familiarity) 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:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • A feeling that the flesh is crawling

Autonomic symptoms may include the following:

Depending on whether the person remains conscious, he or she may not remember having had a seizure at all. A period of confusion frequently follows seizures and can last several minutes.

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on March 01, 2015

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