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.
During a period of two years from January 2007 through February 2009 a total of 41 consecutive patients with medically intractable seizures underwent temporal lobe epilepsy surgery at National Institute of Neurology, Mexico. Each patient had a preoperative workup that included laboratory basics, clinical evaluation, neuroimaging, neuropsychological testing and interictal and ictal scalp video-EEG monitoring.
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.