Diffusion-weighted imaging abnormalities in the splenium after seizures

Epilepsia. 2003 Jun;44(6):852-4. doi: 10.1046/j.1528-1157.2003.40902.x.


Purpose: Transient increased T2 signal in the splenium of the corpus callosum after seizures has been reported and sometimes attributed to a postulated toxicity of anticonvulsant medications (AEDs).

Methods: We describe two patients with bitemporal epilepsy.

Results: Transiently increased T2 signal (in one) and decreased apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) (in both) in the splenium appeared to be related directly to acute seizures.

Conclusions: These cases illustrate an unusual acute postictal imaging finding, highlight involvement of an important commissural pathway, and suggest that seizures per se, and not their treatment, are the cause of transient white-matter abnormalities in these cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Corpus Callosum / physiopathology*
  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging / statistics & numerical data*
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Electroencephalography / statistics & numerical data
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / drug therapy
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / physiopathology
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Videotape Recording


  • Anticonvulsants