Good seizure outcome after focal resection surgery for super-refractory status epilepticus: Report of two cases

Ayumi Yonamoto, Nobutaka Mukae, Takafumi Shimogawa, Taira Uehara, Hioshi Shigeto, Ayumi Sakata, Masahiro Mizoguchi, Koji Yoshimoto, Takato Morioka

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Background: There is scarce evidence regarding focal resection surgery for super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE), which is resistant to general anesthetic treatment over 24 h. We report two patients with SRSE, in whom good seizure outcomes were obtained following focal resection surgery. Case Description: Patient 1: A 58-year-old man who underwent left anterior temporal lobectomy with hippocampectomy at the age of 38 years after being diagnosed left medial temporal lobe epilepsy. After 19 years of surgery with no epileptic attacks, the patient developed SRSE. Electroencephalogram (EEG) demonstrated persistence of lateralized periodic discharges in the left frontotemporal region. On the 20th day after SRSE onset, resection of the frontal lobe and temporal lobe posterior to the resection cavity was performed. Patient 2: A 62-year-old man underwent craniotomy for anaplastic astrocytoma in the left frontal lobe at the age of 34 years. Since the age of 60 years, he developed SRSE 3 times over 1 and 1/12 years. On EEG, repeated ictal discharges were observed at the medial part of the left frontal region during the three SRSEs. Corresponding to the ictal EEG findings, high signals on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images and focal hypermetabolism on fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography were observed around the supplementary motor area, medial to the resection cavity. Resection surgery of the area was performed during the interictal period. Conclusion: Good seizure outcome was obtained in the two cases which provide additional support for the recent concept of focal resection surgery as an indication for SRSE.

Original languageEnglish
Article number164
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Publication statusPublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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