Transient MRI abnormalities associated with partial status epilepticus: a case report

Eur J Radiol. 2001 Apr;38(1):50-4. doi: 10.1016/s0720-048x(00)00284-9.


We report the case of an 18-year-old woman who presented a long-lasting cluster of partial seizures, and MRI cortical abnormalities localized in the left parietal lobe. The MRI changes correlated with the site of the epileptogenic focus, and disappeared within 2 weeks. The recognition of these reversible MRI abnormalities, which are presumably due to a temporary alteration of blood-brain barrier in the epileptogenic zone with subsequent edema, and are not associated with any underlying organic conditions, is extremely useful in the medical management of the patient and allows to avoid other invasive diagnostic procedures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Epilepsia Partialis Continua / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*