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Assessment of prevalence of MRI findings in epileptic patients of imam Khomeini hospital, Urmia, Iran during 2010-2011

Arash Mosarrezaii, Abbas Hedayati Asl, Ali Asghar Ghafouri


Background and aim: Seizure is a common neurological disorder characterized by transient, chronic, unprovoked or spontaneous recurrent disorders due to sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain causing unusual feelings or sensations, loss of consciousness, seizure or a mixture of symptoms. Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent seizures and is a common cause of a periodic loss of consciousness. The present study was aimed to determine the prevalence of MRI-detected brain abnormalities in patients with epilepsy. Materials and methods: This retrospective study was performed to investigate the MRI findings of patients with epilepsy (n =98). Data on MRI findings and some parameters of the patient’s medical history were collected and then were entered into SPSS software version 21. Findings: According to the results, images of nearly half of the patients had an abnormal MRI finding. History parameter can be useful in predicting the normality or non-normality of MRI findings. Conclusion: The results indicated that nearly half of the subjects had abnormal MRI findings. Therefore, it is recommended to pay close attention to MRI findings in patients with epilepsy.

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