Journal article

Hippocampal malrotation is an anatomic variant and has no clinical significance in MRI-negative temporal lobe epilepsy

Meng-Han Tsai, David N Vaughan, Yuliya Perchyonok, Greg J Fitt, Ingrid E Scheffer, Samuel F Berkovic, Graeme D Jackson

EPILEPSIA | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: There is considerable difficulty in diagnosing hippocampal malrotation (HIMAL), with different criteria of variable reliability. Here we assess qualitative and quantitative criteria in HIMAL diagnosis and explore the role of HIMAL in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-negative temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS: We studied the MRI of 155 adult patients with MRI-negative TLE and 103 healthy volunteers, and we asked (1) what are the qualitative and quantitative features that allow a reliable diagnosis of HIMAL, (2) how common is HIMAL in a normal control population, and (3) is HIMAL congruent with the epileptogenic side in MRI-negative TLE. RESULTS: We found that the features that ..

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