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Neurology 3

A 63-year-old woman and her husband present to the physician’s office due to a concern about behavioral changes over the past 4 weeks. The patient’s husband states that she has been having episodes where she will have a blank stare for 5 minutes and pick at her shirt. Afterwards she appears confused for up to an hour and does not remember the episode. The woman adds that she often experiences an unpleasant smell before an episode.

Which of the following is the most likely location of abnormal electrical activity causing this patient’s symptoms?

  • A) Frontal lobe
  • B) Occipital lobe
  • C) Parietal lobe
  • D) Temporal lobe
  • E) Thalamus


Samer Al-Humadi


Dr. Ted O'Connell