What is it?

Frontal lobe syndrome is caused due to damage to the frontal lobe which controls many body functions and plays an important role in the person’s behavior. It may be caused due to stroke, huntington's disease, cerebral palsy, parkinson’s disease, brain tumor, infection or a traumatic brain injury

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Temporal lobectomy behavior syndrome

Signs & symptoms

Frontal lobe syndrome symptoms may include weakness on one side of the body or face, falling, inability to solve problems, or organize tasks, reduced creativity, impaired judgment, reduced sense of taste or smell, depression, behavioral changes, low motivations, low attention span, tendency to easily distract, reduced or increased sexual interest, impulsivity and risky behavior.


Diagnosis is based upon medical history, physical examination and brain scans such as an MRI or a CT scan. In those scans most of the etiologies for frontal lobe syndrome cannot be seen. Sometimes patients are sent to complete neuropsychological evaluation.


Treatment of frontal lobe syndrome may vary depending on the cause. For example, an infection will be treated with antibiotics and a brain tumor with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. Degenerative brain diseases are usually treated symptomatically. Cognitive behavioral treatment can help with social and cognitive deficits, as well as rehabilitation for motor deficits.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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