Posterior Cingulate Epilepsy: A Systematic Review

J Clin Neurophysiol. 2023 Sep 1;40(6):507-515. doi: 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000975. Epub 2023 Mar 15.


In this review, authors discuss epilepsy originating from posterior cingulate regions, a challenging entity to diagnose and most likely underrecognized. A systematic review of posterior middle and posterior cingulate epilepsy cases was conducted to present a summary of current knowledge about this localization-based type of epilepsy. The literature search identified 32 articles, for a total of 69 patients (34 with posterior middle cingulate epilepsy [pMCE] and 35 with posterior cingulate epilepsy [PCE]). Most patients were children and young adults with drug-resistant lesional epilepsy with high seizure burden. In both groups, most patients reported auras, mainly sensory, but various types were reported, including autonomic, behavioral, and cognitive manifestations. Most pMCE and PCE showed motor manifestations (mainly respectively asymmetric tonic posturing and automotor features). Impaired awareness during seizures was more frequently reported in PCE than in pMCE. As for ictal scalp EEG, epileptogenic abnormalities were poorly lateralized and did not localize the seizure onset zone. An ictal temporal involvement was only observed in PCE. Interictal EEG findings were nonspecific. As for other presurgical noninvasive investigations, data are limited, and no studies have adequately assessed their value. Partly explained by our inclusion criteria, most patients underwent a surgical procedure (either lesionectomy or resection of epileptogenic zone as defined by intracranial EEG study results), which overall yielded good outcomes.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Drug Resistant Epilepsy* / diagnosis
  • Drug Resistant Epilepsy* / surgery
  • Electrocorticography
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Epilepsy, Frontal Lobe* / diagnosis
  • Gyrus Cinguli
  • Humans
  • Seizures / diagnosis
  • Young Adult