Facial asymmetry in partial epilepsies

P. Tinuper, G. Plazzi, F. Provini, A. Cerullo, M. Leonardi, R. Agati, A. Righini, P. Montagna

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Fifty-six consecutive epileptic patients with partial seizures (30 temporal, 26 extratemporal) and facial asymmetry were studied. Facial asymmetry was compared with EEG, radiologic, and other clinical findings. Thirty patients had a lesional epilepsy whereas 26 were considered cryptogenic. In lesional epilepsies, 60% of patients had EEG foci ipsilateral to the smaller hemiface and only 20% had EEG foci contralaterally. In the cryptogenic group, the EEG focus was ipsilateral in 50% and contralateral to the facial smallness in 46%. No differences were noted between temporal and extratemporal epilepsies. Early acquired cerebral lesions may modify development of the hemisphere involved, leading to a small ipsilateral hemiface and seizures originating from the same side.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1100
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Cerebral assymetry
  • Cranial assymetry
  • Facial assymetry
  • Partial epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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