Postictal aphasia with transient sulcal hyperintensity on MRI

Ji Ho Lin, Shang Yeong Kwan, Dean Wu

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A 38-year-old man had postictal global aphasia after generalized tonic-clonic seizure, but recovered within 1 day. There was a focal increase in the signal intensity of the left frontoparietal sulci on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery magnetic resonance (MR) sequence 6 hours after the seizure, which disappeared 1 month later. The transient seizure-induced MR hyperintensity was possibly caused by ictal or postictal hyperemia and breakdown of the blood-brain barrier. This report aims to increase awareness of this condition and avoid unnecessary management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-502
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Chinese Medical Association
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Electroencephalography
  • Fluid-attenuated inversion recovery
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Postictal aphasia
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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