Epilepsy: Anterior Temporal Lobectomy

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Anterior temporal lobectomy is the removal of part of one of the brain's temporal lobes. It is the most common type of surgery for epilepsy .

This type of surgery is used to treat people with temporal lobe epilepsy when medicines fail to control seizures . Temporal lobe epilepsy is the most common type of epilepsy in adults. It usually causes complex partial seizures that start in the temporal lobe.

For a person who has seizures that do not get better with medicines, surgery may be a good option. It may help control epilepsy better than if the person were to keep trying the medicines. footnote 1

Related Information



  1. Miller JW, Hakimian S (2013). Surgical treatment of epilepsy. Continuum, 19(3): 730-742. DOI: 10.1212/01.CON.0000431398.69594.97. Accessed June 21, 2016.


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