In the current study, 20 patients (32%) had all five of the cranial MRI findings. Subcortical signal changes were detected as major findings [23]. Department of Radiology, Health Science University Gazi Yaşargil Education Research Hospital, 21090, Diyarbakır, Turkey, Aydın Aslan, Muhammed Akif Deniz & Zelal Taş Deniz, Department of Radiology, Health Science University Van Education Research Hospital, Van, Turkey, Department of Radiology, Dicle University Medical Faculty, Diyarbakır, Turkey, You can also search for this author in During the examination, T1-weighted axial, coronal, and sagittal plane images were obtained in 3D TFE sequence using intravenous paramagnetic contrast material (gadodiamide [Omniscan; Amersham Health, Cork, Ireland], gadopentetate dimeglumine [Magnevist; Schering AG, Berlin, Germany], and gadobutrol [Gadovist; Schering AG, Berlin, Germany]) at a dose of 0.1 mmol/kg through the antecubital vein at a rate of 2 ml/s based on determined pathology. Although the mean ADC values obtained in our current study differ from some in the literature, it may not always be reliable to distinguish FCD from other lesions by looking only at mean ADC values. d Hyperintense area in axial dADC sequence, ADC measurement from this area and from a symmetrical area, A 21-year-old female patient with epilepsy. 2004;62 (6 Suppl 3): S2-8. Forty of these patients (97.5%) also had CT. Blurring was present in 52 patients (82.5%). Epileptic Disord 5(suppl 2):S67–S72, PubMed  a Cortical signal change in axial FLAIR sequence-blurring in GW matter interface (arrow) and transmantle sign (star). Epipesia 52(2):349–358, Lerner JT, Salamon N, Hauptman JS et al (2009) Assessment and surgical outcomes for mild type I and severe type II cortical dysplasia: a critical review and the UCLA experience. The final organization of the cortical mantle is the result a series of partially overlapping prenatal developmental processes. Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is the malformation of the cortical development, which may be caused by reasons of cortical architecture or cytological abnormalities Kabat and Król (2012). The mean ADC values in these areas were calculated directly on the ADC maps. It may also occur in other developmental abnormalities such as venous or arteriovenous malformations, and is not specific in FCD [25]. Barkovich AJ, Guerrini R, Kuzniecky RI et-al. (1971).They reported on 10 patients with drug‐resistant epilepsy who underwent surgical resection (Taylor et al., 1971).Microscopic examination revealed a peculiar histopathology including cortical disorganization, large bizarre neurons, and, in half of the patients, balloon cells. Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) results from abnormal neuronal migration and is commonly associated with pharmacoresistant focal epilepsy. Epilepsia 43:33–40, Widjaja E, Nilsson D, Blaser S et al (2008) White matter abnormalities in children with idiopathic developmental delay. 7, No. d Hyperintense area in axial dADC sequence, ADC measurement from this area and from a symmetrical area, A 13-year-old male patient with epilepsy. All procedures performed in the studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. b Cortical signal change in coronal FLAIR sequence-blurring in GW matter interface (arrow) and transmantle sign (thick arrow). In our current study, this was found in 65% of the patients, while other studies have reported the increase in cortical signal intensity was found at rates between 15 and 62% [10, 11, 13, 15, 23]. c Increase in cortical signal intensity in axial FLAIR sequence. Google Scholar, Mühlebner A, Caros R, Kobow K, Feucht M (2012) Neuropathologic measurements in focal cortical dysplasias:validation of the ILAE 2011classification system and disgnostic implacations for MRI. Focal cortical dysplasia is a congenital abnormality where the neurons fail to migrate in the proper formation in utero. Egyptian Journal of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine,, Acta Neuropathol 123(2):259–272, Fellah S, Callot V, Viout P, Confort G (2012) Epileptogenic brain lesions in children the added of the -value of combined diffusion imaging and proton MR spectroscopy to the presurgical differential diagnosis. Background and purpose: Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) covers a spectrum of conditions in which the neuropathologic and electroclinic presentations and the surgical outcomes vary. d Hyperintense area in axial dADC sequence, ADC measurement from this area and from a symmetrical area. Focal means that … Epilepsia 50:1310–1335, Krsek P, Maton B, Jayakar P et al (2009) Incomplete resection of focal cortical dysplasia is the main predictor of poor postsurgical outcome. Neurology 49:1148–1152, Lasjaunias P, Manelfe C, Terbrugge K et al (1986) Endovascular treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformations. b Cortical thickening in sagittal T1A sequence. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 76:710–713, Jin G, An N, Jacobs MA, Li K (2010) The role of parallel diffusion-weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) map values for evaluating breast lesions: preliminary results. 4. 3. In order to prevent this, the lesion should be identified with both conventional and dynamic MRI and evaluated accordingly. J. Neurol. SCH, blurring, and CT were the most common findings in our current study. Type III focal cortical dysplasia (according to the Blumcke classification) as associated with adjacent other abnormalities (e.g. This increases the suspicion that FCD, one of the most common causes of drug-resistant partial epilepsy, may be located in the frontal lobe. c Increase in cortical signal intensity in coronal T2A sequence-blurring in GW matter interface. Neurology 72:217–212, Urbach H, Scheffler B, Heinrichsmeier T et al (2002) Focal cortical dysplasia of Taylor's balloon cell type: a clinicopathological entity with characteristic neuroimaging and histopathological features, and favorable postsurgical outcome. In our current study, there was a significant difference between lesional and contralateral symmetric healthy parenchyma ADC values (p < 0.001). Dysplasia lesions are a common cause of refractory epilepsy, especially in children, and their treatment often involve surgical intervention. Vojnosanit Pregl 72(10):870–875, Bai X, Zhang Y, Liu Y (2011) Grading of supratentorial astrocytic tumors by using the difference of ADC value. Taylor DC, Falconer MA, Bruton CJ et-al. Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is regarded as a developmental abnormality and it has a strong association with difficulty in treating epilepsy in both children and adults. The absence of a known genetic cause for mild cortical malformations suggests that their etiology may be due to an external factor that influences the migration and differentiation stages of neurons during cortical development. With the increased use of 3D FLAIR and high-field MR imaging, we believe that the cortical signal intensity will be more easily detected and more reliable in the future [23]. Epub 2014 Oct 23. d Hyperintense area in axial dADC sequence, ADC measurement from this area and from a symmetrical area, A 36-year-old female patient with epilepsy. This study aimed to determine the diagnostic contribution of cranial MRI and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in FCD. In our current study (male/female ratio of 1:1), the left/right hemisphere ratio was 1:28, and lobar distribution was as follows: frontal lobe (n = 38), parietal lobe (n = 9), and temporal lobe (n = 7). Focal cortical dysplasia is a malformation of cortical development, which is the most common cause of medically refractory epilepsy in the Pediatric population and the second/third most common etiology of medically intractable seizures in adults.Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is probably the most common form of focal developmental disorder diagnosed in patients with intractable focal … Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is a heterogeneous form of cortical lesions. 8. 2005;65 (12): 1873-87. The mean ADC measurements were calculated for each patient using the same ROI areas as follows: On the cortical, subcortical visible hyperintense lesion area, From the contralateral symmetric healthy parenchyma. "Blumcke Type IIB"). FCDs are typically evaluated by using multimodal structural and functional neuroimaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 18 F-2-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), … Background: Focal cortical dysplasia is commonly recognized in pediatric epilepsy surgery. The etiology of FCD is not well understood. {"url":"/signup-modal-props.json?lang=us\u0026email="}, {"containerId":"expandableQuestionsContainer","displayRelatedArticles":true,"displayNextQuestion":true,"displaySkipQuestion":true,"articleId":10164,"mcqUrl":""}. Reduced N-acetylaspartate:creatinine ratio (NAA:Cr) and increased Myoinositol (ml) rates can be monitored via magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)., DOI: General features of focal cortical dysplasia include 4: Also, each type of focal cortical dysplasia can exhibit more or less of these features. All of the FCD cranial MRI findings are summarized in Table 5. In addition, the ratio of FCD-negative MR imaging findings has varied significantly due to differences in imaging protocols and selection bias. Low ADC values are indicative of restricted diffusion due to hypercellularity [30]. Springer Nature. Rofo. Moreover, subcortical hyperintensity and blurring in GW matter interface was 90%, transmantle sign was 83%, cortical thickening was 71%, and cortical signal increase was 50%. The data and materials mentioned in the study are completely real. The mean ADC value at lesion level was 1.087 × 10−3 mm2/s (0.82/1.316 × 10−3 mm2/s) and the symmetrical normal parenchyma mean ADC value was 0.758 × 10−3 mm2/s (0.678/0.872 × 10−3 mm2/s). FCD may be confused with low-grade astrocytomas with cortical involvement. ADVERTISEMENT: Radiopaedia is free thanks to our supporters and advertisers. In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the cranial MRI images of 63 patients (33 males, 30 females) who were suspected of having FCD based on clinical findings (ictal-video electroencephalography (EEG)) and MRI findings, who were resistant to medical treatment, and who were seen in our clinic between February 2011 and July 2016. 1971;34 (4): 369-87. Normal or decreased cerebral blood flow (rCBV) is seen in perfusion MR [7]. Focal cortical dysplasia type I subtypes are still lacking a comprehensive description of clinical phenotypes, reproducible imaging characteristics, and specific molecular/genetic biomarkers. We found CT-CSI in 40 patients (63%), blurring-SCH in 50 patients (79%), and blurring SCH-TMS in 29 patients (46%). Although the subcortical signal changes in our current study were detected at lower rates than those found in the literature, the subcortical signal changes with cortical thickening were detected as major findings. The age range of the patients was 1–60 years (the mean age was 18.92 ± 16.13 years in males and 25.41 ± 11.79 years in females). 5. Focal cortical dysplasias (FCDs) were first described in detail by Taylor et al. Detection of conventional MRI findings of FCD, which is resistant to medical treatment, in addition to findings from EEG and dADC values may facilitate the pre-operative diagnosis of FCD. CAUTION some focal cortical dysplasias may be difficult to detect, but detection is important as epilepsy surgery can cure intractable seizures that arise from focal cortical dysplasias. This represents the transmantle sign of Blumcke type II focal cortical dysplasia. A total of 25 lesions (39.5%) were located in the right hemisphere (frontal lobe in 17 patients, parietal lobe in two patients, temporal lobe in three patients, insular cortex in one patient, hemisphere in two patients), 32 lesions (50.7%) were located in the left hemisphere (frontal lobe in 16 patients, parietal lobe in seven patients, temporal lobe in four patients, insular cortex in two patients, parahippocampal in two patients, and hemisphere in one patient), and six lesions (9.5%) were located bilaterally (frontal lobe in five patients and insular cortex in one patient) (Table 4). Of these patients, 50 (96%) had blurring. It is a frequent cause of refractory epilepsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors reviewed the MR images of 14 patients with FCD, which was confirmed with histologic examination. The aim of this study was to identify the MR features of histologic subtypes of FCD that would be useful for differential diagnosis. gliosis)) and as such imaging appearances will be dominated by the associated abnormality rather than the dysplasia itself. Abstract. 1 March 2000 | Radiology, Vol. Neurosurg. 6. 5. This hypothesis has been supported by cryptogenic partial epilepsy series, in which 40% of resected cortical lesions (especially in the frontal lobe) were type 2 FCD via histology [26,27,28]. SCH was detected in 52 patients (82.5%). Once identified, bottom-of-sulcus dysplasia is a readily recognizable archetype of focal cortical dysplasia that has specific imaging features. Previous studies have identified typical MR imaging features such as cortical anomalies (thickening, increase in T2 signal), subcortical white matter (blurring in gray-white matter interface), increase in subcortical signal, and transmantle sign [10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21]. They generally have the immunohistochemical properties of neuronal and glial cells, including a poorly defined membrane, single or multiple eccentric nuclei, and are large cells with an eosinophilic cytoplasm [2]. Cranial MR imaging usually shows abnormalities in FCD type 2, but only shows abnormalities in some FCD type 1 cases [1]. 2 in 2005. The authors declare that they have no competing interests. The palmini classification, which was modified by Blumcke in 2011, has been used most recently (Table 1). Balloon cells: these cells are pathognomonic for Taylor type dysplasia [1]. All of these patients had SCH (100%). 4 … The mean ADC value at the lesion level was 1.087 × 10−3 mm2/s (0.82/1.316 × 10−3 mm2/s), which was significantly higher than the mean ADC value measured from the contralateral symmetric region (0.758 × 10−3 mm2/s, 0.678/0.872 × 10−3 mm2/s, p = 0.001). However, its relationship with cortical thickening and blurring in GW matter is an important sign for the diagnosis of FCD. FCD is frequently discovered during neuropathological examinations of pediatric patients undergoing surgery (especially those surgeries due to drug-resistant epilepsy), and it is one of the most common causes of partial epilepsy that can be treated with surgery [3, 4]. Focal cortical dysplasia is a disorder of cortical formation, which may demonstrate both architectural and proliferative features, and a frequent cause of epilepsy. Check for errors and try again. 2014;186 (11): 987-90. Brain 130:574–584, McGonigal A, Bartolomei F, Regis J et al (2007) Stereoelectroencephalography in presurgical assessment of MRI-negative epilepsy. IIIa - hippocampal atrophy; IIIb - glioneuronal tumor (e.g. Introduction. Knowledge of focal cortical dysplasia magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) characteristics is of utmost importance for diagnosis. In a study conducted with 71 patients (male/female ratio of 1:3) who were diagnosed with FCD type 2b using histopathological correlation, there was a left/right hemisphere ratio of 1:35, and lobar distribution was as follows: frontal lobe (n = 60), parietal lobe (n = 7), temporal lobe (n = 2), and occipital lobe (n = 2). There was cortical thickening and an increase in cortical signal intensity in 40 patients (63%), subcortical hyperintensity and blurring in the gray-white matter interface in 50 patients (79%), and blurring in the gray-white matter interface, subcortical hyperintensity, and transmantle sign in 29 patients (46%). Imaging findings were suggestive of focal cortical dysplasia (closely related to Taylor type IIa). PURPOSE: To clarify the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging characteristics of focal cortical dysplasia (FCD). Brain 125 (pt 8:1719–1732, Mellerio C, Labeyrie M-A, Chassoux F et al (2012) Optimizing MR imaging detection of type 2 focal cortical dysplasia: best criteria for clinical practice. Despite severe and persistent epilepsy, in most series, the average time from the onset of seizures to surgery is about 1 year [5,6,7,8]. Semin. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. MRI findings may be very subtle or may even be negative, therefore a high index of suspicion is mandatory! 1 It is critical … The most recent classification system is that suggested by Blumcke in 2011 and has been widely accepted. Wang DD, Deans AE, Barkovich AJ, Tihan T, Barbaro NM, Garcia PA, Chang EF. Because there has been a rapid development in the fields of genetics and diagnostics, FCD should be reviewed by these disciplines, which may lead to an increased number of treatment methods for this disease. 2012;135 (5): 1348-69. For this reason, experienced neuroradiologists were used to diagnose FCD with conventional MRI. Figure 1: type I - disturbance of lamination, classification of focal cortical dysplasia, Barkovich classification of focal cortical dysplasia, Blumcke classification of focal cortical dysplasia, lissencephaly type I: subcortical band heterotopia spectrum, mild malformations of cortical development, blurring of white matter-grey matter junction with abnormal architecture of subcortical layer, T2/FLAIR signal hyperintensity of white matter with or without the, T2/FLAIR signal hyperintensity of grey matter, segmental and/or lobar hypoplasia/atrophy, type Ia: usually confined to temporal lobes, if associated with hippocampal atrophy (as is common), it is now classified as type IIIa in the, type Ib: more frequently seen outside of the temporal lobes, blurring of grey/white matter junction (less marked than with Type II FCD), prominent segmental or lobar atrophy/hypoplasia with loss of regional white matter volume, less likely to be in the temporal lobes compared to Type I FCD, marked blurring of grey/white matter junction, moderately increased T2/FLAIR signal, typically brighter than the adjacent cortex, focal signal abnormality may extend from cortex to ventricle (, despite an increase in T2 signal, the cortex remains hypointense to much brighter adjacent white matter, 1. NMR Biomed 10:b348–b352, Ignjatović J, Stojanov D, Zivković V et al (2015) Apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of cerebral gliomas malignancy. Muhammed Akif Deniz. Sagittal FLAIR. Cortical thickening, subcortical hyperintensity, and blurring in the GW matter interface are considered major findings in terms of the MRI diagnosis of FCD. The mean ADC values with conventional MRI findings may contribute to a diagnosis. All of the lesions studied here in had a diffusion increase in DWI. Google Scholar, Chan S, Chin SS, Nordli DR et al (1998) Prospective magnetic resonance imaging identification of focal cortical dysplasia, including the non-balloon cell subtype. In the presence of transmantle sign better post-surgical outcomes have been reported. CT was limited to the small cortical area in 48 patients (76%), and it was not more than twice the normal cortex thickness. MRI is the modality of choice to assess patients with possible focal cortical dysplasias. The male/female ratio of the 63 patients was 1.1 (male = 33; female = 30). The difference between the rates of subcortical signal changes in our current study and in the literature may be due to the fact that our current study only included patients with positive MRI findings. Manage cookies/Do not sell my data we use in the preference centre. Knowledge of focal cortical dysplasia magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) characteristics is of utmost importance for diagnosis. 5. 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