Child's Nervous System

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 593–600 | Cite as

A late onset adult seizure due to intracerebral needle: case-based update

  • Huseyin BozkurtEmail author
  • Densel Arac
Case-Based Update


Background and aim

Late-onset seizure due to intracerebral needle is a rare entity. Most of them were clinically asymptomatic and rarely presented with seizure. Sewing needles are used in homicidal attempt in infancy or early childhood before the closure of the fontanels. Because of sociologic, politic, and scientific deficiencies subject remained untouched. We tried shedding some light on this ambiguous phenomenon.

Material and methods

We report a 54-year-old man who was admitted to our neurosurgery outpatient department with epilepsy due to a sewing needle located in the left frontal lobe of the brain and made extensive literature review.


Patient’s physical and neurological examinations were completely normal. All biochemical and hematological tests were normal. Cranial tomography demonstrated a linear density at the left frontal lobe compatible with a sewing needle. Patient was followed-up with antiepileptic treatment with no seizure. Sixty cases from up-to-date literature and past cases were reviewed. Patients’ ages differ from 4 days to 70 years. Our review showed four cases treated with antibiotics, 19 patients went to surgery, and others just followed-up with antiepileptic and other drugs.


Literature needs an autopsy series for a more intimate estimation. Due to psychosocial and legitimacy problems, matter should be handled cautiously and law enforcement agencies must be informed. Follow-up with medication is the first line of treatment with asymptomatic patients. Treatment is dictated by clinic onset, physical examination, and patient consent.


Sewing needle Brain Epilepsy Infancy 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Patient consent

The patient has consented the submission of the case report for submission to the journal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryCumhuriyet University Faculty of MedicineSivasTurkey
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryNecmettin Erbakan University Meram Faculty of MedicineKonyaTurkey

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