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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 641323, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in the Elderly

1Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L8
2McMaster Clinic, Hamilton General Hospital, 237 Barton Street East, Room 626, Hamilton, ON, L8L 2x2, Canada

Received 3 August 2011; Revised 20 September 2011; Accepted 9 October 2011

Academic Editor: Seyed M. Mirsattari

Copyright © 2012 L. E. Morillo. 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 incidence of epilepsy has bimodal distribution peaking at the extremes of life. Incidence is greater in younger and older age groups (Hauser et al., 1993, Sidenvall et al., 1993, Forsgren et al., 1996, and Olafsson et al., 2005). As the world population ages more elders with epilepsy will be identified. In the high-income countries with longer life expectancy, the number of elders with epilepsy will be even higher. CPSs account for 40% of all seizure types in the elderly (Hauser et al., 1992); however, the proportion with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is uncertain.