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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 601--604

Neuroplasticity in hemispheric syndrome: An interesting case report

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Neurology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Neuroradiology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Manas Panigrahi
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), #1-8-31/1 Ministers Road, Secunderabad - 500 003, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.84346

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Functional hemispherectomy is an accepted treatment in hemispherical intractable epilepsy syndromes. We report a patient who had functional hemispherectomy for intractable seizures secondary to right hemispheric cortical dysplasia. Preoperatively, the patient had mild left hemiparesis and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) showed bilateral motor function lateralization to normal left hemisphere. The patient remains seizure free at 1-year follow-up, with no deterioration of motor power on left side. This report reviews physiology of neural plasticity for motor function lateralization and also reliability of fMRI in determining the functional shift.


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