The Temporal Lobe as a Symptomatogenic Zone in Medial Parietal Lobe Epilepsy
Frontiers in neurology
cingulate gyrus; epilepsy surgery; intractable epilepsy; parietal lobe epilepsy; precuneus cortex; temporal lobe epilepsy
Some surgical failures after temporal lobe epilepsy surgery may be due to the presence of an extratemporal epileptogenic zone. Of particular interest is the medial parietal lobe due to its robust connectivity with mesial temporal structures. Seizures in that area may be clinically silent before propagating to the symptomatogenic temporal lobe. In this paper, we present an overview of the anatomical connectivity, semiology, radiology, electroencephalography, neuropsychology, and outcomes in medial parietal lobe epilepsy. We also present two illustrative cases of seizures originating from the precuneus and the posterior cingulate cortex. We conclude that the medial parietal lobe should be strongly considered for sampling by intracranial electrodes in individuals with nonlesional temporal lobe epilepsy, especially if scrutinizing the presurgical data produces discordant findings.
Jaafar, Nadim; Bhatt, Amar; Eid, Alexandra; and Koubeissi, Mohamad Z., "The Temporal Lobe as a Symptomatogenic Zone in Medial Parietal Lobe Epilepsy" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 589.