Crossed aphasia elicited by intraoperative cortical and subcortical stimulation in awake patients.
ABSTRACT Crossed aphasia (aphasia resulting from a right hemispheric lesion among right-handed patients) is rare. The authors describe for the first time transient crossed aphasia elicited by intraoperative electrostimulation of both cortex and white matter pathways in awake patients.
Three right-handed adults underwent surgery for a right-sided glioma. Because slight language disorders occurred during partial seizures or were identified on preoperative cognitive assessment, with right activations detected on language functional MR imaging in 1 patient, awake craniotomy was performed using intraoperative cortico-subcortical electrical functional mapping.
Transient language disturbances were elicited by stimulating discrete cortical areas (inferior frontal gyrus and posterior part of the superior temporal gyrus) and white matter pathways (inferior frontooccipital fasciculus and arcuate fasciculus). A subtotal resection was achieved in all cases, according to functional boundaries. Postoperatively, 1 patient experienced a transient dysphasia, which resolved after speech rehabilitation, with no permanent deficit.
These original findings highlight the possibility of finding crucial cortico-subcortical language networks in the right hemisphere in a subgroup of atypical right-handed patients. These findings provide new insights into the neural basis of language, by underlining the role of the right inferior occipitofrontal fasciculus in semantics and that of the right arcuate fasciculus in phonology, and by supporting the hypothesis of a mirror organization between the right and left hemispheres. The authors suggest that, in right-handed patients, if language disturbances are detected during seizures or on presurgical neuropsychological assessment, especially when right activations are observed on language functional MR imaging, awake craniotomy with intraoperative language mapping should be considered.
- Journal of Neurosurgery 08/2013; · 3.15 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Intraoperative electrical brain mapping is currently the most reliable method to identify eloquent cortical and subcortical structures at the individual level and to optimize the extent of resection of intrinsic brain tumors. The technique allows the preservation of quality of life, not only allowing avoidance of severe neurological deficits but also facilitating preservation of high neurocognitive functions. To accomplish this goal, however, it is crucial to optimize the selection of appropriate intraoperative tasks, given the limited intrasurgical awake time frame. In this review, the authors' aim was to propose specific parameters that could be used to build a personalized protocol for each patient. They have focused on lesion location and relationships with functional networks to guide selection of intrasurgical tasks in an effort to increase reproducibility among neurooncological centers.Journal of Neurosurgery 09/2013; · 3.15 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Approximately 97% of the right-handers has left hemisphere language dominance. Within the language dominant hemisphere Broca's area is of crucial importance for a variety of linguistic functions. As a result, tumour resection in and around Broca's area is controversial. However, studies showed that by means of Direct Electrical Stimulation (DES) tumour resection in this region can be safely performed. We report unexpected anatomoclinical findings in a right-handed patient who underwent tumour resection in the left prefrontal lobe. Language functions in this right-handed patient were extensively examined in the pre-, intra-, and postoperative phase by means of a standardised battery of neurolinguistic and neurocognitive tests. Results obtained in the pre- and postoperative phase are compared. In addition, intraoperative DES findings and postoperative functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) results are reported. Tumour resection near Broca's area was safely performed since no positive language sites were found during intraoperative DES. Since no linguistic deficits occurred in the pre-, intra-, or postoperative phase, atypical language dominance was suspected. Neuropsychological investigations, however, disclosed permanent executive dysfunction. Postoperative fMRI and DTI confirmed right cerebral language dominance as well as a crossed cerebro-cerebellar functional link with the left cerebellar hemisphere. Atypical right hemisphere language dominance in this right-handed patient is reflected by: (1) the total absence of language problems in the pre-, intra- and postoperative phase, (2) absence of positive stimulation sites during DES, (3) a clearly more pronounced arcuate fasciculus in the right cerebral hemisphere (DTI), (4) a crossed functional connection between the right cerebrum and the left cerebellum (fMRI). Two hypothetical explanations for the pattern of crossed cerebral language dominance are put forward: (1) preoperative brain plasticity mechanisms inducing a shift of language functions to the right hemisphere or (2) right hemisphere language dominance as a maturational variant. This case with atypical cerebral language dominance shows that although DES is the 'gold standard' to identify eloquent language regions and their pathways, fMRI and DTI are important adjuncts to guide surgery, to identify language lateralisation and to study anatomoclinical correlations.Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 02/2014; 117C:12-21. · 1.30 Impact Factor