Frontal Lobe Epilepsy Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 30, 2015
  • Author: Sheryl Haut, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Patients with frontal lobe seizures may present with a clear epileptic syndrome or with unusual behavioral or motor manifestations that are not immediately recognizable as seizures. [8, 9]

As previously mentioned, it is difficult to distinguish frontal lobe seizures from nonepileptic events based on history alone, and patients with frontal lobe epilepsy are often directed first to psychiatrists rather than to neurologists.

Another condition that should be considered is nocturnal paroxysmal dystonia, although it is unclear if this represents an independent entity.

Differential Diagnoses