Department of Neurology

What is abdominal epilepsy?

Q: Do you have any information on "abdominal seizures"?

A: Abdominal epilepsy is an antiquated term referring to persons who have abdominal symptoms during their seizures. Of course, epilepsy does not come from the abdomen, but often there are symptoms of queasiness, "butterflies," and even pain associated with seizures, that are perceived by the person, especially during the "aura." These symptoms generally arise from involvement of the temporal lobe, and thus are associated with temporal lobe seizures.

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