Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 160, Issue 9, pp 1883–1887 | Cite as

Diffuse vasospasm after transcortical temporal lobectomy for intractable epilepsy

  • James Charles DickersonEmail author
  • Joaquin Andres Hidalgo
  • Zachary Stidham Smalley
  • James Mason Shiflett
Case Report - Functional Neurosurgery - Epilepsy
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Functional Neurosurgery – Epilepsy


Cerebral delayed ischemia due to arterial vasospasm is a rare complication following epilepsy surgery. Here we report the third known case and first of diffuse vasospasm. A 48-year-old woman underwent a transcortical anterior left temporal lobectomy. Eleven days later, she had new-onset expressive aphasia with narrowing of the anterior, middle, and posterior cerebral arteries, and increased velocities via transcranial Doppler. She was treated with fluids, nimodipine, and permissive hypertension. At 6 months, her speech was near baseline. Cerebral vasospasm may represent a rare cause of morbidity after anterior temporal lobectomy; a literature review on the subject is presented.


Epilepsy Neurosurgery Epilepsy surgery Vasospasm Diffuse Triple H Amygdalohippocampectomy Temporal lobe resection Transsylvian Transcortical 



Subarachnoid hemorrhage


Magnetic resonance imaging


Positron emission tomography


Neuroscience intensive care unit


Computed tomography


Post-operative day


Middle cerebral artery


Computed tomography angiography


Internal carotid artery


Anterior cerebral artery




Cerebrospinal fluid


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal participants performed by any of the authors.

Patient consent

The patient consented for the use of their case in scholarly activities, such as education and research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA

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