Bottom-of-sulcus focal cortical dysplasia presenting as epilepsia partialis continua multimodality characterization including 7T MRI

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Introduction: Bottom-of-sulcus focal cortical dysplasias are an under recognized, surgically treatable cause of focal epilepsy. Resection can dramatically reduce the seizure burden for children with refractory epilepsy, or eliminate seizures altogether. Material and Methods: We report the case and present the results of multimodality evaluation of a 15-year-old young man who presented with long-standing partial epilepsy affecting his right leg, which over the years became refractory to therapy. Results: High-resolution 3T MRI images acquired as a dedicated epilepsyprotocol were initially interpreted as unremarkable. On further review by an experienced specialist aware of clinical and electroencephalographic findings, a subtle focal cortical dysplasia was identified at the bottom of a sulcus near the medial aspect of the left precentral gyrus. After confirmation of the extent of the lesion with PET and ultra-high field 7T MRI, the patient underwent cortical mapping and focal resection and remains free of seizures. Coclusions: This case emphasizes the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation of refractory focal epilepsy in children and highlights the potential role of ultra-high field 7T MRI in identifying the often subtle causative anatomic abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalChild's Nervous System
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Feb 14 2018



  • Brain MRI
  • Epilepsia partialis continua
  • Focal cortical dysplasia
  • Pediatric epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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