Computerized Tomographic Findings In Epileptics: The North Western Nigeria Experience

  • P Alabi Neurology Unit, Department Of Medicine, And Radiology Department, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 3452, Kano
  • M Mamman Neurology Unit, Department Of Medicine, And Radiology Department, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 3452, Kano
Keywords: Epilepsy, Computerized tomography, Northern Nigeria

Abstract

Aims: To evaluate CT findings in Epilepsy patients
Methods: We evaluated CT findings in 95 Nigerians aged 15 years and above who suffer from epilepsy to determine factors associated with positive yield for judicious utilisation of CT.
Results: There were 60 males and 35 females with a mean age of 32 years (SD- 16.4 years). The CT was normal in 50 subjects (52.6%). The commonest CT abnormality was cortical atrophy encountered in 20 subjects (21.1%). The other abnormalities were space occupying lesions (18) vascular lesions (7).
Conclusion: The presence of CT abnormality had significant statistical association with neurological deficits, partial seizures and EEG abnormalities. The decision on when to request CT scan in epileptics could therefore be influenced by these findings.
Key words: Epilepsy, Computerized tomography, Northern Nigeria.
Highland Medical Research Journal Vol.2(1) 2004: 75-78
Published
2005-05-18
Section
Articles

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