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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 40-43

Calcification of falx cerebri in childhood: A normal variant or a pathological entity?

1 Departments of Paediatrics University of IIorin Teaching Hospital, IIorin, Nigeria
2 Departments of Radiology Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

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The skull radiograph of 102 children with seizure disorders seen at the University of Ilorln Teaching Hospital over a 3-year period were reviewed and compared to those of 42 children with Indications for skull radiographs other than seizures. Intracranial calcifications were reported In (13.7%) of those with seizure disorders, with calcification of the falx cerebri accounting for 57.1% of all the Intracranial calcifications. In comparison to the controls, falx cerebrl calcification was significantly higher In the children with seizures (Z = 9.25, p < 0.001) . Of the 8 cases that had calcification of the falx, birth asphyxia was associated In 5 (62.5%) of the cases with a relative risk "RR" of2.1. Eighty seven percent of the falx calcification was seen In those with generalised seizures. We conclude that calcification of the falx cerebri Is a pathological entity with a possible role In the genesis of centroencephalic abnormal discharges In childhood. It Is associated with generalised seizures, and birth asphyxia seems to be a predisposing factor.

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