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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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If someone has a seizure for the first time, if a seizure lasts longer than two to three minutes, or if multiple seizures occur one after the other, take him or her to the emergency room or call 911 immediately. If a seizure disorder is suspected, the doctor will begin by taking a thorough medical history, including any birth trauma, serious head injury, medicattion usage, alcohol intake, or infections of the brain, such as encephalitis or meningitis. Brain function can be analyzed with an...

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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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