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Sturge-weber syndrome

09/02/2009

Question:

Years ago a # of combined vascular malformations were removed. Now glaucoma is a possibilty w/ the eye issue going on, aside the seizures I had no major health problems. Then the Todd`s seizures began & now the eye`s. Is it possible, that although I had no Sz`rs until my late 20`s, could this actually be Sturge-Weber Syndrome? Those words in all of the records were simply "vascular malformation".

Answer:

Sturge Weber syndrome has its onset in early childhood and is associated with a unilateral vascular malformation in the brain with resultant weakness on the opposite side of the body. There is an associated "port wine stain" on the face. It is unlikely that Sturge Weber syndrome is the cause of your seizures. However, only a detailed neurologic examination can answer this question definitively.

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Response by:

David M Ficker, MD David M Ficker, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati