A patient with Rasmussen’s encephalitis underwent a right central resection at the age of 6 as a treatment for status epilepticus. She became seizure free, but suffered a left hemiplegia which improved so that she could walk. Because of the recurrence of seizures an enlargement of the resection to a hemispherectomy was carried out 17 years after the first operation. Various examinations, including H2 15O PET and amytal testing, performed before this second operation indicated that a compensatory reinforcement of the ipsilateral uncrossed corticospinal and spinocortical pathways had taken place. This was confirmed postoperatively. The patient had no new sensorimotor deficits.
- functional plasticity
- H2 15O PET
- Rasmussen’s encephalitis
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