Seizures of the Frontal Lobes: Clinical Presentations and Diagnostic Considerations

Sara Wildstein, Silvana Riggio

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The frontal lobes are involved in motor function, executive function, language, and behavior. Seizures in the frontal lobe can present with focal dysfunction and can rapidly spread into generalized events. Frontal lobe seizures can result from secondary insult or can be the manifestation of a genetic mutation. The spectrum of presentations can make diagnosing frontal lobe seizures challenging; this is particularly germane when they are primarily nonmotor, e.g., ictal panic or autonomic dysfunction or altered behavior. In these cases, there is the risk of misdiagnosing them as a psychiatric disorder. History, physical, and vectored diagnostic testing using electroencephalography and advanced neuroimaging can facilitate making the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExecutive Functions in Health and Disease
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128037058
ISBN (Print)9780128036761
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Frontal lobe epilepsy
  • Nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy
  • Nonneurogenic seizures
  • Panic attacks
  • Parasomnias
  • Repetitive motor activity


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