Epilepsy surgery in a liver-transplanted girl with temporal lobe epilepsy and hippocampal sclerosis following PRES with status epilepticus

Robertino Dilena, Gabriella Nebbia, Lorenzo Fiorica, Marcello Farallo, Irene Degrassi, Francesca Gozzo, Veronica Pelliccia, Sergio Barbieri, Massimo Cossu, Laura Tassi

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Introduction: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) with status epilepticus may occur after liver transplant. This may rarely lead to refractory epilepsy and hippocampal sclerosis (HS). Case description: We report the first case of epilepsy surgery in a liver-transplanted patient with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy. A 3-year-old girl underwent liver transplant for congenital biliary atresia. Four days after transplant she manifested PRES with status epilepticus, but she recovered within a couple of weeks. At the age of 5 years she started presenting complex partial seizures, that became refractory to antiepileptic drugs (AED), worsening psychosocial performances. The pre-surgical work-up identified a left HS and temporal pole alterations. A left antero-mesial temporal lobectomy was performed, leading to epilepsy remission and allowing AED withdrawal. Conclusion: Drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy and HS may occur as sequelae of PRES with status epilepticus related to liver transplant and cyclosporine use. In this setting early epilepsy surgery may reduce the time of chronic exposure to AED and severe illness due to repeated seizures. This option might have additional advantages in the subgroup of epileptic patients with liver transplant, preserving the liver from the potential damage due to multiple AED trials and their interaction with commonly used immunosuppressant drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-656
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Hippocampal sclerosis
  • Liver transplant
  • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome
  • Refractory epilepsy
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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