ILAE Logo

PORENCEPHALIC CYST

Seizures

Focal seizures are usually the initial seizure type, with features referable to the location of the cyst, and/or the antecedent cerebral injury. If these do not have motor features, they may be difficult to detect in infants and young children.

Focal to bilateral tonic-clonic seizures can occur, these may have focal features referable to the location of the porencephalic cyst if this information is carefully sought.

Epileptic spasms may occur; these may have focal features that are referable to the location of the porencephalic cyst.

Status epilepticus, including focal status epilepticus, can occur.

CAUTION patients with a porencephalic cyst, who have earlier age of seizure onset, may have a change in their seizure types over time, with the emergence of epileptic spasms or generalized seizure types, such as atypical absences, atonic and tonic seizures. Developmental and cognitive impairments are more common in this group. If these seizure types are seen, achieving full seizure control is important, if this is not achieved with medication, epilepsy surgery should be considered.

Feedback | Home | Contact Us | Privacy | Log In For Videos
Creative Commons License
This website is owned by the International League Against Epilepsy. Text on this website, last updated November 5, 2019,
is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License,
EXCEPTING all videos and images, which remain copyrighted by the International League Against Epilepsy.