Frontal lobe epilepsy is a form of focal seizures that originate in the frontal lobe of the brain. The signs and symptoms surrounding frontal lobe epilepsy can vary due to where and what part of the brain is affected.
These types of seizures occur usually during sleep and may appear to be interpreted as bicycle pedaling motions and movements that involve the pelvis. Some patients with frontal lobe epilepsy can scream profane language or laugh involuntarily without a known cause.
There are various causes of frontal lobe epilepsy. The causes of frontal lobe epilepsy include tumors, strokes, infections, or even traumatic injuries. There is an abnormal gene referred to as autosomal dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy. If one of the parents carries this gene, the child has a fifty percent chance of developing it. Most of the time, the cause is unknown.
Seizures that originate in the frontal lobe lasts less than thirty seconds. Some of the defining characteristics are head and eye movements to one side, complete or partial unresponsiveness or difficulty speaking, explosive screams, including laughter and profanity, abnormal body postures, and repetitive movements.