Temporal lobe seizures initiate in the temporal lobes of your brain, which process emotions and are important for short-term memory. Some symptoms of a temporal lobe seizure may be related to these functions, including having odd feelings such as euphoria, deja vu or fear. A sudden sense of unprovoked fear, a feeling that what's happening has happened before. A sudden or strange odor or taste. A rising sensation in the abdomen.
Kuopio University Hospital is the only comprehensive epilepsy surgery centre for adults in Finland. We analysed all adult patients operated on for drug resistant temporal lobe epilepsy at our hospital since the beginning of the epilepsy surgery programme, between 1988 and 1999. Altogether 140 patients were included in the study. We excluded patients with temporal lesionectomies and those in whom any extratemporal cortical excision had been carried out in addition to the temporal resection.
Anticonvulsant medications may help reduce or eliminate recurrent seizures in some people. They include carbamazepine, divalproex sodium, gabapentin, lamotrigine. Temporal lobe seizures may be difficult to completely control with medication alone. It is not unusual for a person to have an occasional temporal lobe seizure despite taking the correct amount of medication.