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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115-117

Use of opium as antiepileptic in patient with frontal lobe epilepsy: A case report

Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Science, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Naresh Nebhinani
Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Science, Jodhpur - 342 005, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-9995.174283

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Frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE) manifests with brief, nocturnal seizures arising in the frontal lobe along with unusual behavioral symptoms or postures, frequently misdiagnosed as a psychogenic nonepileptic seizure (PNES) or a sleep disorder. Ancient literature has rarely mentioned the antiepileptic effect of opium or different opioids. Here we are presenting a case with FLE, though initially diagnosed PNES, who had significant relief in his symptoms on using opium, and this led to opium dependence. Index case further emphasizes concern and caution as misdiagnosis of FLE may lead to substance dependenc.

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