Soumeyya Halayem-Dhouib
Zeineb Abbès
Asma Bouden
Sami Othman
Mohamed Halayem


Aim : This paper attempts to describe the features of temporal epilepsy in patients firstly considered as having psychiatric disorders.
Methods: The cases of seven patients followed between 2005 and 2008 at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department of Razi Hospital, aged 11 to 15 years are treated.
Results: All the patients showed complex partial seizures, and some of them showed secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Seizures were predominantly made of psychic symptoms (delusion, fear, aggressiveness) but also associated sensory, motor and vegetative features. In 5 cases, epilepsy was idiopathic, and
symptomatic of brain anomaly in 2 cases.
Conclusion: Careful attention must be paid to paroxystic symptoms in children.


Temporal epilepsy, child, adolescent, psychiatric features



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