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Somatosensory Auras Following Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Surgery

What is the relevance of SSA to TLE?



In a retrospective analysis of 333 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy who underwent temporal lobe epilepsy surgery, 26 (7.8%) had somatosensory aura (SSA). Nearly half (12) of those with SSA had unilateral sensory symptoms; the rest had bilateral symptoms. Patients with SSA showed no differences in clinical and imaging characteristics compared with those without SSA; however they did have a higher rate of breakthrough seizures.

Perven G, Yardi R, Bulacio J, et al. The relevance of somatosensory auras in refractory temporal lobe epilepsies [published online ahead of print August 7, 2015]. Epilepsia. 2015; doi:10.1111/epi.13110.

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