Porencephaly is an extremely rare cephalic disorder involving encephalomalacia. It is a neurological disorder of the central nervous system characterized by cysts or cavities within the cerebral hemisphere. Symptoms of porencephaly include delayed growth and development, spastic hemiplegia (slight or incomplete paralysis), hypotonia (low muscle tone), seizures (often infantile spasms), and macrocephaly (large head) or microcephaly (small head).
HOW IS PORENCEPHALY DIAGNOSED?
As far as diagnosis of Porencephaly is concerned, the Neurologist has many tools to help. These include tests like CT Scan and MRI besides trans-illumination of the skull. The purpose of diagnosis is to identify the presence of cysts or porencephalic cavities in the brain. Some of these tests will help the doctor eliminate any other disorder with identical symptoms before recommending treatment for Porencephaly.
HOW IS PORENCEPHALY TREATED?
A Neurologist treats Porencephaly by means of physical therapy, speech therapy, and anti-convulsant medications for seizures.
DID YOU KNOW?
That studies have indicated that men are more prone to have Porencephaly than women?