Remission of an obsessive-compulsive disorder following a right temporal lobectomy

Andres M. Kanner, Harold H. Morris, Susan Stagno, Gordon Chelune, Hans Luders

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The etiopathogenic mechanisms involved in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have been the source of extensive reports, but remain poorly understood. Recent studies have postulated an organic origin for this disorder. In this paper, we present the case of a patient who suffered from OCD and intractable partial complex seizures originating from right mesiotemporal structures. Following a right anterior temporal lobectomy for the treatment of her seizures, the OCD remitted. We discuss the significance of such phenomena in the context of the available literature, and suggest possible theories that would explain it as well as support possible organic etiopathogenic mechanisms of OCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-129
Number of pages4
JournalNeuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex partial seizures
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Temporal lobectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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