Indriven sphenoid wing as a cause of post-traumatic epilepsy

Neurol Sci. 2003 Nov;24(4):268-71. doi: 10.1007/s10072-003-0152-9.


Post-traumatic epilepsy is more frequent after severe head injuries, however the severity of the trauma is not always correlated with the injured brain tissue. We report a patient whose seizures developed 4 years after a face trauma. Upward displacement of the sphenoid wing caused a contusion at the orbital surface of the frontal lobe. Computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalographic findings are presented. The patient responded well to commonly used antiepileptic drugs.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Brain Infarction / complications
  • Brain Infarction / drug therapy
  • Brain Infarction / physiopathology
  • Carbamazepine / therapeutic use
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Epilepsy, Post-Traumatic / drug therapy
  • Epilepsy, Post-Traumatic / etiology*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Frontal Lobe / physiopathology
  • Head Injuries, Closed / complications*
  • Head Injuries, Closed / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male
  • Sphenoid Bone / injuries*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Carbamazepine