Frontal lobe seizures

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Frontal lobe seizures

Frontal lobe seizures occur in the frontal lobe and are the 2nd most common type of seizures. The frontal lobe is located in the front of the brain and controls actions like decision-making, planning, and problem solving. Since the frontal lobe is a very large area, symptoms differ depending on where the seizure takes place. These seizures usually occur during sleep. During a frontal lobe seizure, a person may scream and laugh suddenly, move their legs like they are riding a bicycle, position their body in an abnormal position, or twist and turn dramatically. A person may be fully alert during this seizure.

A few causes of this seizure include abnormal brain tissue, trauma, stroke, tumors, or infection. There is also a rare genetic disorder called autosomal dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, which is a result of an abnormal gene. An individual has a 50 percent chance of inheriting this condition if one of the parents has it.

Frontal lobe seizures at times may be confused with sleep disorders or psychiatric problems. In order to get the proper diagnosis a doctor may conduct brain scans such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), electroencephalograms (EEGs), or video EEGs. There are a number of medications available to treat frontal lobe seizures. If medication does not work, then there are surgery options as well. Talk with your doctor to decide which treatment plan is best for you. Support groups are also good resources for support and information.

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Epilepsy Foundation - Home Office

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015

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Epilepsy Foundation - Home Office

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.

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The terms "Frontal lobe seizures" returned 21 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Late-onset nonlesional nondominant frontal lobe seizures presenting as ictal dyscalculia.
 

Author(s): Meng-Tsang Hsieh, Ming-Chi Lai, Kao-Min Lin, Chin-Wei Huang

Journal: Kaohsiung J. Med. Sci.. 2017 Jan;33(1):52-54.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Successful epilepsy surgery in frontal lobe epilepsy with startle seizures: a SEEG study.
 

Author(s): Ana Ciurea, Irina Popa, Mihai Dragos Maliia, Nagy Csilla-Johanna, Andrei Barborica, Cristian Donos, Jean Ciurea, Ioan Opris, Ioana Mindruta

Journal: Epileptic Disord. 2015 Dec;17(4):363-71.

 

Pre-surgical assessment and surgical management of frontal epilepsy with normal MRI is often challenging. We present a case of a 33-year-old, right-handed, educated male. During childhood, his seizures presented with mandibular myoclonus and no particular trigger. As a young adult, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Altered synchrony and loss of consciousness during frontal lobe seizures.
 

Author(s): Francesca Bonini, Isabelle Lambert, Fabrice Wendling, Aileen McGonigal, Fabrice Bartolomei

Journal: Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Feb;127(2):1170-1175.

 

Loss of consciousness (LOC) in frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE) has been rarely specifically studied until now. In this study we evaluated the LOC in a population of patients with FLE and studied the relationship between changes in synchrony and degree of LOC.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Frontal lobe seizures" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Gelastic seizures and the anteromesial frontal lobe: a case report and review of intracranial EEG recording and electrocortical stimulation case studies.
 

Author(s): Kanjana Unnwongse, Tim Wehner, William Bingaman, Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer

Journal: Epilepsia. 2010 Oct;51(10):2195-8.

 

Symptomatogenic areas for ictal laughter have been described in the frontal and temporal lobes. Within the frontal lobe, gelastic seizures have been recorded from the cingulate gyrus. Electrocortical stimulation of the cingulate gyrus as well as the superior frontal gyrus induced ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Lateral frontal lobe seizures.
 

Author(s): P Kotagal, G S Arunkumar

Journal: Epilepsia. 1998 ;39 Suppl 4():S62-8.

 

On the basis of cytoarchitectural and functional studies, the frontal lobe can be subdivided into the primary motor cortex, premotor cortex, prefrontal cortex, and the limbic and paralimbic cortices. However, we are still a long way from clearly identifying individual frontal lobe ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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