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Frontal Lobe Epilepsy

What is frontal lobe epilepsy?

Frontal lobe epilepsy is the term for recurring seizures beginning in the frontal lobe – the area of the brain located behind the forehead. Because the frontal lobe is responsible for planning and execution of movements and personality, frontal lobe epilepsy can have a dramatic affect on a patient’s quality of life. Frontal lobe seizures are often very brief (<30 seconds) and tend to occur at night. The are typically simple or complex partial seizures and can quickly secondarily generalize.

Because there are so many connections between the frontal and temporal lobes, it can be difficult to determine which section of the brain is being affected. 

How is frontal lobe epilepsy treated?

Anticonvulsants will typically be the first line of treatment offered for frontal lobe epilepsy. Should these fail to control the seizures, surgery may be a viable option.

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For more information about frontal lobe epilepsy or to meet with our doctors, request an appointment at the Epilepsy Center.


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