EPILESSIA OCCIPITALE POST-PARTUM

Translated title of the contribution: Postpartum occipital lobe epilepsy

G. Plazzi, P. Tinuper, A. Cerullo, F. Provini, C. Cordivari, A. Baruzzi, E. Lugaresi

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Abstract

We describe two women presenting a clinical picture of hypertension and visual disturbance followed by convulsive generalized seizures 11 hours and 6 days after childbirth respectively; no other preeclamptic signs (proteinuria and edema) were associated. Patients were promptly treated with diazepam, in order to stop seizures, and with clonidine and dihydralazine respectively to control blood pressure. After the acute phase patients developed a partial epilepsy with occipital lobe seizures without other neurological defects. Neuroimaging failed to disclose any lesion during the acute phase and for 4 and 5 years of follow up. The EEG showed occipital spike-wave discharges in both cases. Selective vulnerability of the occipital lobes during eclamptic hypertensive encephalopathy has been previously described. An aggressive antihypertensive treatment of the acute phase may exacerbate the risk of a permanent neurological lesion producing the chronic condition of the above cases.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)227-228
Number of pages2
JournalBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Issue number84
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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Partial Epilepsy
Postpartum Period
Seizures
Occipital Lobe
Dihydralazine
Hypertensive Encephalopathy
Clonidine
Diazepam
Proteinuria
Neuroimaging
Antihypertensive Agents
Electroencephalography
Edema
Parturition
Blood Pressure
Hypertension
Therapeutics

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  • Clinical Neurology

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Plazzi, G., Tinuper, P., Cerullo, A., Provini, F., Cordivari, C., Baruzzi, A., & Lugaresi, E. (1993). EPILESSIA OCCIPITALE POST-PARTUM. Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia, (84), 227-228.

EPILESSIA OCCIPITALE POST-PARTUM. / Plazzi, G.; Tinuper, P.; Cerullo, A.; Provini, F.; Cordivari, C.; Baruzzi, A.; Lugaresi, E.

In: Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia, No. 84, 1993, p. 227-228.

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Plazzi, G, Tinuper, P, Cerullo, A, Provini, F, Cordivari, C, Baruzzi, A & Lugaresi, E 1993, 'EPILESSIA OCCIPITALE POST-PARTUM', Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia, no. 84, pp. 227-228.
Plazzi, G. ; Tinuper, P. ; Cerullo, A. ; Provini, F. ; Cordivari, C. ; Baruzzi, A. ; Lugaresi, E. / EPILESSIA OCCIPITALE POST-PARTUM. In: Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia. 1993 ; No. 84. pp. 227-228.
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