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Study into rare epilepsy aura

4 February, 2002

A report in the journal Neurology looked at the prevalence of "orgasm-like" auras felt by a small number of people with epilepsy just prior to seizures.

Researchers from the National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Budapest investigated this rare kind of aura after a Hungarian woman with epilepsy told her doctor that she experienced such feelings just before a seizure.

Lead author Dr Jozsef Jansky and colleagues located 22 cases in medical reports since 1945. Nine of these cases had brain activity reports that led the researchers to locate the part of the brain that triggered the aura - in the amygdala, part of the brain that is involved in emotional responses.