Meningeal defects and focal cortical dysplasia: an unrecognized relationship? Illustrative case

Erin M. Ellis, S. Joy Trybula, Scott K. Adney, Paula K.J. Lee, S. Kathleen Bandt*

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BACKGROUND Focal cortical dysplasias (FCDs) are a heterogenous cluster of histopathologic entities classically associated with medically refractory epilepsy. Because there is substantial histopathologic variation among different types of FCD, there are likely multiple pathogenic mechanisms leading to these disorders. The meninges are known to play a role in cortical development, and disruption of meningeal-derived signaling pathways has been shown to impact neurodevelopment. To our knowledge, there has not yet been an investigation into whether genetic pathways regulating meningeal development may be involved in the development of FCD. OBSERVATIONS The authors reported a patient with refractory epilepsy and evidence of FCD on imaging who received surgical intervention and was found to have an unusual dural anomaly overlying a region of type Ic FCD. To the authors’ knowledge, this was the first report describing a lesion of this nature in the context of FCD. LESSONS The dural anomaly exhibited by the patient presented what could be a potentially novel pathogenic mechanism of FCD. Resection of the cortical tissue underlying the dural anomaly resulted in improvement in seizure control. Although the pathogenesis is unclear, this case highlighted the importance of further investigation into the developmental origins of FCD, which may help elucidate whether a connection between meningeal development and FCD exists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberCASE22112
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


  • cortical development
  • dural abnormalities
  • epilepsy
  • focal cortical dysplasia
  • meninges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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