Temporal lobe atrophy

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Adult with epilepsy on medication. No prior imaging investigation.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Moderate degree of volume loss of the left temporal lobe very much excessive for the patient's age.

The left temporal horn is dilated measuring 8 mm vis-à-vis 2 mm for the normal contralateral side.

Marked volume loss of the left hippocampus.

The remainder of the brain is normal in appearance.

Annotated image

Normal hippocampus (blue arrow) compared to the small volume left hippocampus and enlarged temporal horn (red arrow).

Case Discussion

Left temporal lobe atrophy including extensive sclerosis of the hippocampus consistent with a structural cause for epilepsy.

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Case information

rID: 52011
Case created: 18th Mar 2017
Last edited: 2nd Apr 2017
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