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Neurology. 1995 Aug;45(8):1616-8.

Aphasia secondary to partial status epilepticus of the basal temporal language area.

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Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA.


We present a patient with aphasia of several days' duration that was secondary to spontaneous partial status epilepticus arising from the left basal temporal region. Evidence from MRI, EEG, and PET confirmed the origin of the seizures in the basal temporal area. Both the seizure discharges and the aphasia resolved after antiepileptic therapy. This case, to our knowledge, is the first documented example of epileptic aphasia secondary to spontaneous partial status epilepticus originating from the basal temporal area.

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