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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 103-107

Unilateral Temporal Lobe Damage and the Partial Kluver–Bucy Syndrome

G. D. L. Bates and S. G. Sturman

Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham B15 2QZ and City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK

Received 22 September 1994; Accepted 11 May 1995

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The characteristic behavioural constellation of Kluver–Bucy syndrome is believed to be diagnostic of bilateral temporal lobe damage, even in the partial syndrome. The case described is that of a 54 year old woman with gross atrophy of her right temporal lobe following neurosurgery who developed hyperphagia (with driven food-seeking behaviour), placidity and hyposexuality. Her case thereby meets criteria for the partial syndrome but without evidence of bilateral damage. The discussion covers the various presentations of hyperphagia, the significance of the symptom cluster of Kluver–Bucy syndrome and the management difficulties presented by hyperphagia.