John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Vivid recollection of a past traumatic event: a rare manifestation of temporal lobe seizures Volume 14, issue 3, September 2012


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Department of Neurology, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
  • Key words: temporal lobe epilepsy, temporal lobe seizures, déjà vu, déjà vécu, post-traumatic stress disorder
  • DOI : 10.1684/epd.2012.0530
  • Page(s) : 325-8
  • Published in: 2012

Vivid recollection of a particular past memory is a rare ictal phenomenon in temporal lobe epilepsy. When the memory is traumatic, the presentation may mimic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We report a woman with temporal lobe epilepsy who was misdiagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder for two years before she had a suspected generalised seizure; video-EEG monitoring confirmed that her episodes were epileptic. Adequate treatment with an antiepileptic medication resulted in total resolution of the episodes.