Epilepsy Foundation

Hi.  My 5 year old son has ADHD and partial complex seizures of the right frontal lobe.  He has been on trileptal and is doing great, it has definitely reduced the amount of seizures he has been having.  His recent MRI showed a developmental venous anomaly.  I can't seem to find much information about developmental venous anomaly and seizures.  Any information would be great! Thanks so much!

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That is funny I just happened to see this.  We also have a DVA...complex partials....mostly left occipital..Sometimes adhd type behaviors..(not always)..They had told me at the time that probably alot of people have this and is their norm..but it does not seem that there is too much known about the 2 together..

Did they tell you anything about it or relation to seizures..?  I think in our case the vein is just larger coincidentally where her focus is..

My son's DVA is in the crease of the brain and is very deep.  The neurologist said it may or may not be causing his seizures.  I'm thinking that since this is the only thing the MRI showed, it must be what is causing the seizures.  This is all so confusing!

Vanessa said:

That is funny I just happened to see this.  We also have a DVA...complex partials....mostly left occipital..Sometimes adhd type behaviors..(not always)..They had told me at the time that probably alot of people have this and is their norm..but it does not seem that there is too much known about the 2 together..

Did they tell you anything about it or relation to seizures..?  I think in our case the vein is just larger coincidentally where her focus is..

Nicole said:

I'm thinking that since this is the only thing the MRI showed, it must be what is causing the seizures.

Then again, there are lots of people like me who have nothing wrong that shows in an MRI, and still have seizures.  So your neuro may be right to stay agnostic.  Maybe the visible problem is causing the seizures, or maybe something invisible is.

Of course it's confusing.  Brains are the most complicated known objects in the universe.  What do we expect?

Be well.  I am so much happier dealing with this problem for myself than for kids!

Medical imaging turns up a lot more things these days, and lots of times it isn't a problem (for that person even though many people with similar pictures have issues) or can't be shown to cause the problem that caused them to order the imaging.  The early MRIs our youngest had were very freaky for us, since we had to learn new terminology and they don't come with disclaimers that some things mentioned in depth were of no significance and other minor mentions might actually matter later on. And in ~5 MRIs and ~20 CTs, just ONE CT taken a day after another CT has shown something truly truly useful. 

So is there anything that could be useful for you from this? E.g. if it is the cause of your son's seizures, would that mean they are more likely to be refractory or is there a possible surgery later that might help or are there other comorbid issues to know about? 

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