Hypersexuality Manifesting as Excessive Masturbation in a Female Patient After Temporal Lobe Epileptic Surgery: A Rare Case Report

Gunduz N., Turan H., Polat A. Ö.

NOROPSIKIYATRI ARSIVI-ARCHIVES OF NEUROPSYCHIATRY, vol.56, no.4, pp.316-318, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.29399/npa.23475
  • Page Numbers: pp.316-318


Interictal sexual behavior changes are frequently reported in patients with epilepsy, especially those with temporal lobe epilepsy. Changes in sexual function after temporal lobe epileptic surgery can vary within a wide range, ranging from disappearance of paraphilias existing in preoperative period, decreased libido or sexual activity, sexual arousal and orgasmic disorders, sexual activity arising to a normally acceptable level, or hypersexuality. Hypersexuality can be defined as having excessive sexual arousal and drive in abnormal frequency and intensity. Many hypotheses have been developed to explain etiology in hypersexuality in the literature. But there is no consensus on treatment. Here we aimed to present diagnosis and treatment process of hypersexuality manifesting as excessive masturbation in 38 years old, single female patient who underwent selective hippocampectomy (temporal lobe resection) 11 years ago.