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Seizure. 2009 Oct;18(8):604-5. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2009.06.001. Epub 2009 Jul 3.

Essential oils as a cause of breakthrough seizure after temporal lobectomy.

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  • 1Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Department of Neurology, University of South Florida & Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL 33606, USA.


Breakthrough seizures are often encountered in patients with well-controlled epilepsy for no obvious reason. We report a case of a breakthrough seizure after temporal lobectomy secondary to topical administration of essential oils. We recommend inquiring about the use of essential oils in patients with well-controlled epilepsy who experience breakthrough seizures.

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