Hemispheric syndromes

Focal epilepsy in childhood may be associated with congenital pathologic conditions affecting an entire cerebral hemisphere. Examples include hemimegalencephaly and hemispheric dysplasia. In our department hemispherectomy or other hemispherotomy techniques are used to treat epilepsy associated with hemispheric syndromes with satisfying results. Children with Sturge–Weber syndrome (SWS) are potential candidates for hemispheric and focal resections. Affected children may require urgent evaluation at a specialized surgical center when seizures first occur in infancy, or epilepsy is associated with developmental delay or progressive hemiparesis.
If you have a child who you think may have this condition and you would like us to review the diagnosis or provide genetic testing please contact us at neuroscience@meyer.it