John Libbey Eurotext

Partial seizures triggering infantile spasms in the presence of a basal ganglia glioma Volume 7, issue 4, December 2005


  • Partial seizures triggering infantile spasms secondary to glioma in basal ganglia


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Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada, Division of Pediatric Neurology, Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre, Canada

Infantile spasms associated with brain tumors have been reported. A focal cortical lesion can induce infantile spasms by triggering the brainstem and basal ganglia in this vulnerable age group. We report the case of a female infant with a low-grade glioma in the right basal ganglia, spreading to the cortical area. She presented at the age of five months with left hemiparesis and partial seizures. She developed infantile spasms at the age of 12 months. This is the first video clip report of partial seizures triggering symmetrical spasms in series, secondary to a basal ganglia glioma extending to the cortex. [Published with video sequences]