The Association of Multiple Personality and Temporolimbic Epilepsy: Intracarotid Amobarbital Test Observations

Geoffrey L. Ahern, Anne M. Herring, Julie Tackenberg, Kalarickal J. Oommen, David M. Labiner, Joachim F. Seeger, Martin E. Weinand

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Abstract

What is the relationship of “multiple personality disorder” in patients with temporolimbic epilepsy to certain types of hemispheric interaction? —Case series. —Tertiary care referral center. —Two patients with temporolimbic epilepsy considered to be surgical candidates referred for the intracarotid amobarbital sodium procedure (IAP). Each individual had presented with different “personalities” in a characteristic temporal relationship to their seizures. —Intracarotid amobarbital sodium procedure, Wada test, and electroencephalogram. —Behavioral observations made during the performance of the IAP. —During the IAP, each patient's peri-ictal “personality” changes were precisely replicated. No seizure activity was noted during the IAPs. —These observations suggest that the association of multiple personality and temporolimbic epilepsy is not dependent on seizure discharges per se, but rather may be related to certain types of hemispheric interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1020-1025
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Neurology
Volume50
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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