This webinar reviews the functions of the frontal lobe, seizure semiology and electrographic patterns of frontal lobe seizures.
The frontal lobe is the largest lobe and frontal lobe epilepsy is the second most common type of epilepsy. The frontal lobe is the site of motor functions, executive decision making and language. Seizures originating from the frontal lobe are of focal onset with secondary generalization. The awareness may be preserved or impaired. Due to involvement of supplementary motor area and primary motor cortex the frontal lobe the seizures primarily have motor manifestations, complex behavioral events, and impaired speech. The seizures can be difficult to diagnose due to their similar semiology of parasomnia and non-epileptic events. However, most of the frontal lobe seizures occur during sleep during the early morning hours and rapidly evolve to become generalized. The seizures are brief with vocalization, bladder incontinence, bizarre behavior, and deviation of the head and/or eyes. The EEG is usually contaminated with high voltage muscle artifact with continuous asymmetric epileptiform discharges or diffuse or localized low voltage fast frequencies.
The Presenter for this webinar is Navita Kaushal PhD, REEGT, RNCST, CLTM
Dr. Kaushal is an LTM Manager and Continuing Education Coordinator for CortiCare, Inc. She previously was a Neurodiagnostic Technologist at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA and an Adjunct Faculty member at Delaware Community College, in Downingtown, PA. From 2009 to 2012 she was a Research Professional Associate: Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She received her BS and MS from Punjabi University in Patiala, India and her Ph.D. in Physiology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Dehli, India. She completed Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Departmentof Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School/VA Medical Center, Brockton, MA and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville.