Vivid recollection of a past traumatic event: a rare manifestation of temporal lobe seizures.

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Summary of "Vivid recollection of a past traumatic event: a rare manifestation of temporal lobe seizures."

Vivid recollection of a particular past memory is a rare ictal phenomenon in temporal lobe epilepsy. When the memory is traumatic, the presentation may mimic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We report a woman with temporal lobe epilepsy who was misdiagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder for two years before she had a suspected generalised seizure; video-EEG monitoring confirmed that her episodes were epileptic. Adequate treatment with an antiepileptic medication resulted in total resolution of the episodes.


Department of Neurology, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA.

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Name: Epileptic disorders : international epilepsy journal with videotape
ISSN: 1294-9361


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