We report on seven patients who experienced an orgasmic aura at the start of their seizures. The patients (five women, two men) were aged 36-58. Three of seven patients described the exact nature of their auras only many years after their appearance, when the epilepsy diagnostic procedure became more intensive due to drug resistance. Moreover, one patient even refused any new therapeutical options due to the reportedly positive role of the orgasmic aura in her life. All of our patients had temporal lobe epilepsy. The clinical picture, EEG, MRI or SPECT findings suggested a right temporal epileptic focus in six patients, while in one patient the epileptogenic region was localised in the left temporal lobe. In the latter case, the left hemisphere was speech-dominant, while in the other cases no Wada tests were done. Our results confirm that orgasmic aura could be considered as an ictal lateralising sign to the right hemisphere, however, it has no 100% lateralising value.
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- Clinical Neurology