Pathological Findings Caused by Seizures, with Particular Reference to the Temporal Lobe

  • C. J. Bruton


Epilepsy in humans may occur in association with a number of systemic disorders or with almost any local disease of the brain, and it is usual to separate this “secondary” or symptomatic form of the disorder from “primary” or cryptogenic epilepsy, in which the cause of the seizures is unknown (Meldrum and Corsellis 1984). The absence of an obvious cause, however, for the fits in patients with cryptogenic epilepsy does not necessarily imply the absence of brain damage; indeed Spielmeyer (1927) and Margerison and Corsellis (1966) found visible pathology either in the hippocampus or in the cererellum in over 50% of their series of patients.


Status Epilepticus Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Temporal Lobectomy Idiopathic Epilepsy Mesial Temporal Sclerosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Bruton
    • 1
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  1. 1.Department of NeuropathologyRunwell HospitalWickford, EssexUK
  2. 2.Division of PsychiatryC.R.C. Northwick Park HospitalHarrow, MiddlesexUK

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