Drug resistant ADLTE and recurrent partial status epilepticus with dysphasic features in a family with a novel LGI1mutation: electroclinical, genetic, and EEG/fMRI findings


Address correspondence to Di B. Carlo, Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza,” Rome, Italy. E-mail: c_dibonaventura@yahoo.it


Purpose: We characterized a family with autosomal dominant lateral temporal epilepsy (ADLTE) whose proband presented uncommon electroclinical findings such as drug-resistant seizures and recurrent episodes of status epilepticus with dysphasic features.

Methods: The electroclinical characteristics and LGI1 genotype were defined in the family. In the proband, the ictal pattern was documented during video-EEG monitoring and epileptic activity was mapped by EEG/fMRI.

Results: The affected members who were studied had drug-resistant seizures. In the proband, seizures with predominant dysphasic features often occurred as partial status epilepticus. The video-EEG-documented ictal activity and fMRI activation clearly indicated the elective involvement of the left posterior lateral temporal cortex. Sequencing of LGI1 exons revealed a heterozygous c.367G>A mutation in exon 4, resulting in a Glu123Lys substitution in the protein sequence.

Conclusions: The uncommon clinical pattern (high seizure frequency, drug-resistance) highlights the variability of the ADLTE phenotype and extends our knowledge of the clinical spectrum associated with LGI1 mutations.