Neuroimaging of children with partial seizures

Uri Kramer*, Yoram Nevo, Irit Reider-Groswasser, Eyal Sheuer, Jan J. Meyer, Yael Leitner, Aviva Phatal, Shaul Harel

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The predictive value of abnormal neurological findings on neuroimaging (NI) of children with partial seizures (PS) was studied. The sample comprised 143 children and adolescents with PS from 1979 to 1996. Fifty patients had the following abnormal NI findings: diffuse atrophy and porencephalic cyst (5.6% each), hemiatrophy, tumors, neurocutaneous syndrome brain lesions, and dysgenesis (4.2% each), and arachnoid cyst and hydrocephalus (2.1% each). There were significantly more NI abnormalities among those with simple PS than among the other groups of complex PS or PS with secondary generalization. All cases of porencephalic cyst in (n = 8), and hemiatrophy (n = 6) were in the hemiparetic group, all cases of tumor (n = 6) were in the normal group, while most cases of diffuse atrophy were in the mentally retarded group. Patients with abnormal NIs had a significantly earlier age of seizure onset than the others. The chance of finding a treatable abnormality in neuroimaging was 5% for tumors and 2% for arachnoid cysts in the group of patients with PS and normal neurological findings. Neither an abnormality detected in a neurological examination nor the type of seizure are predictive parameters for suggesting the presence of a resectable brain tumour. All patients with newly diagnosed PS should undergo an MRI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalSeizure : the journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


  • Neuroimaging
  • Partial seizures


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