Bilateral paramedian thalamic infarction presenting as status epilepticus: A case report and review of the literatures

Sheng Feng Lin, Ting Chun Lin, Han Hwa Hu, Chin I. Chen

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Purpose: Occlusion of the artery of Percheron (AOP), a rare vascular variant of basilar artery branch, is presumed to cause bilateral paramedian thalamic infarction. We present a case of acute AOP infarction with status epilepticus. Case Report: A 65-year-old woman had past history of hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and major depressive disorder. She was found to have altered mental status on awakening. She developed tonic convulsion and progressed to status epilepticus later. The brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed acute bilateral paramedian thalamic and interpeduncular mesencephalic infarction. The electroencephalography (EEG) showed continuous epileptiform discharges. After receiving antiplatelet and anticonvulsant agents, she regained her level of consciousness and has completely recovered to previous baseline. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first case of AOP infarction presenting status epilepticus. Early recognition and treatment of seizure may reverse altered mental status in those patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalActa Neurologica Taiwanica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015



  • Artery of Percheron
  • Status epilepticus
  • Thalamic infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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