Neuropsychological test performance in frontal-lobe epilepsy

The influence of aetiology, seizure type, seizure frequency and duration of disorder

Dominic Upton, Pamela J. Thompson

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Although frontal-lobe epilepsy accounts for a sizeable proportion of all partial epilepsies the neuropsychological characteristics have proved difficult to document. A possible explanation for this may lie in the impact of seizure-related variables. However, these have rarely been addressed in a frontal-lobe epilepsy sample. In this report the neuropsychological sequelae of the aetiology of epilepsy, seizure spread, seizure frequency and duration of disorder were examined in a sample of 74 subjects with frontal-lobe epilepsy (42 with left, 32 with right). Only a few significant results were revealed and in these cases the possibility of greater cortical dysfunction rather than specific frontal impairment would offer a viable solution. Further studies are needed in order that firmer conclusions concerning the impact of the variables investigated on neuropsychological performance in a sample of subjects with frontal-lobe epilepsy can be drawn.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-447
Number of pages5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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