Endonasal endoscopic surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy associated with sphenoidal encephalocele

Nobutaka Mukae, Daisuke Kuga, Daisuke Murakami, Noritaka Komune, Yusuke Miyamoto, Takafumi Shimogawa, Ayumi Sakata, Hiroshi Shigeto, Toru Iwaki, Takato Morioka, Masahiro Mizoguchi

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Background: Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) associated with temporal lobe encephalocele is rare, and the precise epileptogenic mechanisms and surgical strategies for such cases are still unknown. Although the previous studies have reported good seizure outcomes following chronic subdural electrode recording through invasive craniotomy, only few studies have reported successful epilepsy surgery through endoscopic endonasal lesionectomy. Case Description: An 18-year-old man developed generalized convulsions at the age of 15 years. Despite treatment with optimal doses of antiepileptic drugs, episodes of speech and reading difficulties were observed 2–3 times per week. Long-term video electroencephalogram (EEG) revealed ictal activities starting from the left anterior temporal region. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a temporal lobe encephalocele in the left lateral fossa of the sphenoidal sinus (sphenoidal encephalocele). Through the endoscopic endonasal approach, the tip of the encephalocele was exposed. A depth electrode was inserted into the encephalocele, which showed frequent spikes superimposed with high-frequency oscillations (HFOs) suggesting intrinsic epileptogenicity. The encephalocele was resected 8 mm from the tip. Twelve months postoperatively, the patient had no recurrence of seizures on tapering of the medication. Conclusion: TLE associated with sphenoidal encephalocele could be controlled with endoscopic endonasal lesionectomy, after confirming the high epileptogenicity with analysis of HFOs of intraoperative EEG recorded using an intralesional depth electrode.

Original languageEnglish
Article number379
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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