Department of Neurology, Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine, Section of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Section of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, USA
- Key words: ictal urinary urge, seizure, visceral aura, non-dominant temporal lobe, localisation, invasive EEG
- DOI : 10.1684/epd.2011.0476
- Page(s) : 430-4
- Published in: 2011
Ictal urinary urge is a rare symptom of focal epilepsy usually localising to the non-dominant hemisphere, specifically, the temporal lobe. Lateralisation in previously described cases has been established using scalp video-EEG monitoring or functional imaging. We report the case of a 19-year-old girl with refractory epilepsy and ictal urinary urge arising from the non-dominant temporal lobe, confirmed by invasive, subdural EEG monitoring. Since undergoing a temporal lobectomy two and a half years ago, the patient has not experienced ictal urinary urge. To our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating localisation of ictal urinary urge epileptogenic zone to the non-dominant temporal lobe by invasive intracranial monitoring.