Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Short Communication
Table of Contents - Year : 2016 | Month : October | Volume : 10 | Issue : 10 | Page : SM01 - SM03

Evaluation of Hospitalized Intractable Epileptic Children with SPECT Scan in Ahvaz, South West of Iran SM01-SM03

Ali Akbar Momen, Faramarz Ahmadi, Arash Malekian, Hannaneh Davoodzadeh, Hossein Kabirinia

Dr. Ali Akbar Momen,
Pediatric Neurologist, Department of Pediatrics, Golestan Hospital, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences,
Ahvaz, Postal code: 61357-15794, Iran.

Introduction: Seizures are the most frequent neurologic disorder seen in childhood. Epilepsy is a group of disorders that includes an abnormally increased susceptibility to seizures.

Aim: To examine the effectiveness of SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography) in detecting seizure foci in 21 Iranian children who had medically refractory epilepsy.

Materials and Methods: Children between 2 to 15 years of age with uncontrolled seizures were investigated using SPECT scan as a standardized protocol.

Results: In 16 cases (76.2%), likely seizure foci were evident, as were seen in the form of decreased regional blood flow, while in 5 cases (23.8%), SPECT scan results were normal. Left temporal lobe was the most common area which had decreased regional blood flow.

Conclusion: SPECT scan can potentially be used to investigate children with uncontrolled seizures.