Pharyngeal dysesthesia as an aura in temporal lobe epilepsy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: Because oral, buccal, and sometimes oral-pharyngeal manifestations in epilepsy are linked to the central-temporal region, we studied 3 patients with childhood-onset partial seizures that consistently began with pharyngeal dysesthesias, described as either throat tingling or burning, to localize seizure onset. METHODS: Because of an intractable clinical course, each patient underwent invasive video-EEG monitoring, which localized the epileptogenic zone to the mesial temporal lobe. The 3 patients underwent temporal lobe resections. RESULTS: All 3 patients achieved remission of the pharyngeal auras and a 90-100% reduction in the frequency of their seizures. CONCLUSIONS: Pharyngeal dysesthesias can be the initial manifestation of complex partial seizures (CPS) of temporal lobe origin.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Carmant, L; Carrazana, E; Kramer, U; Helmers, SL; Holmes, GL; Black, PM; Mikati, MA

Published Date

  • September 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 911 - 913

PubMed ID

  • 8814105

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-9580

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1996.tb00045.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States