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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2017 Sep 28

DOI: 10.23736/S0390-5616.17.04186-8

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Ultrasound assisted awake epilepsy surgery for type IIB focal cortical dysplasia in eloquent areas

Matteo MARTINONI 1 , Gianluca MARUCCI 2, Stefano MELETTI 3, Lilia VOLPI 4, Roberto MICHELUCCI 4, Marco GIULIONI 5

1 Neurosurgery Unit, Department of Neurosciences, OCSAE Hospital, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Modena, Modena, Italy; 2 Department of Neuropathology, IRCCS Foundation Carlo Besta Neurological Institute, Milan, Italy; 3 Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Science, OCSAE Hospital, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Modena, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy; 4 IRCCS Institute of Neurological Science of Bologna, Division of Neurology, Bellaria Hospital, Bologna, Italy; 5 IRCCS Institute of Neurological Science of Bologna, Division of Neurosurgery, Bellaria Hospital, Bologna, Italy


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INTRODUCTION: Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) type IIb is a frequent cause of pharmacoresistant epilepsy. However, intraoperative identification of the pathological tissue still remains a challenge despite the use of neuronavigation, particularly when it lies in eloquent areas.
CASE REPORT: We here report a case of intraoperative identification of a right frontal FCD type IIB through ultrasound assisted neuronavigation during awake surgery in a patient with drug-resistant epilepsy.
CONCLUSIONS: Intraoperative ultrasound may have a role in focal cortical dysplasia localization optimizing its resection. In selected patient submitted to epilepsy surgery the integration of disposable technologies (i.e. brain neuronavigation, fMRI and iUS) with awake surgery could improve FCD identification preventing unacceptable neurological morbidity.


KEY WORDS: Epilepsy surgery - Intraoperative ultrasound - Focal cortical dysplasia - Awake surgery - Malformation of cortical development

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Article first published online: September 28, 2017
Manuscript accepted: September 22, 2017
Manuscript received: August 16, 2017

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Martinoni M, Marucci G, Meletti S, Volpi L, Michelucci R, Giulioni M. Ultrasound assisted awake epilepsy surgery for type IIB focal cortical dysplasia in eloquent areas. J Neurosurg Sci 2017 Sep 28. DOI: 10.23736/S0390-5616.17.04186-8

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matteo.martinoni@gmail.com