Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine

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: 2020  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 244--247

18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography in initial diagnosis and treatment response evaluation of new onset refractory status epilepticus


Nikhil Seniaray1, Ritu Verma1, Rajeev Ranjan2, Ethel Belho1, Harsh Mahajan1,  
1 Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Mahajan Imaging Centre, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neurology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Nikhil Seniaray
Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Mahajan Imaging Centre, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi - 110 060
India

Abstract

New onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE), is a rare, neurological condition characterised by prolonged periods of refractory epileptic seizure with no readily identifiable cause in otherwise healthy individuals. Anatomical imaging like MRI and serology is usually unremarkable. In patients who have underlying etiology as auto-immune encephalitis without any evidence of auto-antibodies FDG PET may help in early diagnosis and treatment response as it tends to accumulate in the neuronal tissue whenever there is increased blood flow, metabolic demand or increased electrical activity which reverts back with clinical recovery.



How to cite this article:
Seniaray N, Verma R, Ranjan R, Belho E, Mahajan H. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography in initial diagnosis and treatment response evaluation of new onset refractory status epilepticus.Indian J Nucl Med 2020;35:244-247


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Seniaray N, Verma R, Ranjan R, Belho E, Mahajan H. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography in initial diagnosis and treatment response evaluation of new onset refractory status epilepticus. Indian J Nucl Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Oct 2 ];35:244-247
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We present the case of a 14-year-old male patient who presented with fever of 5 days' duration followed with refractory status epilepticus (SE). His electroencephalography showed generalized epileptiform discharges. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain [Figure 1] and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination were unremarkable except for mild pleocytosis. Blood tests including viral markers, HIV, scrub typhus, dengue, herpes, mycoplasma serology, onco-neuronal antibodies, and autoimmune profile were unremarkable. In view of clinical findings, it was suspected that the patient had occult autoimmune encephalopathy which was preceded by fever. The patient then underwent whole-body 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (18 F-FDG PET-CT) brain scan to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other diagnostic possibilities. The whole-body 18 F-FDG PET-CT scan was unremarkable, however 18 F-FDG PET-CT scan of the brain revealed [Figure 2] multiple focal areas of hypermetabolism in bilateral fronto-parieto-temporal and cingulate cortices with globally reduced 18 F-FDG uptake in rest of the bilateral cerebral, cerebellar, and subcortical regions, without any obvious abnormality on the CT images that were likely to be of inflammatory etiology. Three-dimensional stereotactic surface projection (3D-SSP) analysis with Z score estimation of the 18 F-FDG PET brain images was done with Cortex ID software (Illinois, Chicago, USA) (GE Healthcare) using age-matched controls [Figure 3], which showed multiple areas of hypermetabolism (red-yellow color) and hypometabolism (blue color) in the brain parenchyma. Follow-up 18 F-FDG PET study [Figure 4] done at 6 months after the initial presentation and after a complete course of intravenous immunoglobulin, showed normalization of the cerebral glucose metabolism.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}

NORSE is a rare form of super-refractory SE where no etiological factor is identified in a patient with no prior history of epilepsy.[1] The common clinical features include super-refractory SE following a mild febrile illness with possible initial CSF pleocytosis and unremarkable anatomical imaging such as MRI as seen in our case.[1],[2],[3],[4] The outcome is frequently fatal with severe neurological sequelae as optimal management for this devastating condition remains unclear.[2],[3] Recently, few case series in literature have suggested an underlying etiology of autoimmune encephalitis without any evidence of autoantibodies and for such patients, immunotherapies could be a given treatment of choice, which could improve the patient outcome.[5],[6],[7] In our case, the patient made complete recovery following treatment with immunotherapy.18 F-FDG PET-CT not only helped in the diagnosis by documenting hypermetabolic areas in the brain suggesting cerebral inflammation, but also helped in monitoring response to immunotherapy and prognosis of the patient.

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