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  • Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE)


    Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy is the most common form of partial human epilepsy in adults. 

    Location of origin

    Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy arises in the hippocampus, the parahippocampal gyrus and the amygdala which are located in the inner (medial) aspect of the temporal lobe of brain. 

    Causes of Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy 

    Symptoms of Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy

    Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy usually causes partial (focal) seizures that are localized in the brain. But in some cases, the seizures may become generalized involving the whole brain causing sudden loss of awareness or consciousness. The major symptoms include the following:  

    Diagnosis of Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy

    The diagnosis of mesial temporal sclerosis not only requires thorough physical and neurological examination of the patient but also require magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan for confirmed diagnosis.

    Treatment of Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy

    Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy is typically resistant to antiepileptic drugs. That is why most of the cases are treated by surgical intervention either by Anteromesial temporal resection or stereotactically implanted intracerebral electrodes. Surgery is considered a better option for patients who do not respond to antiepileptic drugs. 

    Dr.Shyam Sundar Krishnan
    MBBS (Chennai), MS (Gen Surg), M.Ch. (Neuro)

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