What is cortical dysplasia? I was diagnoised with it and it was origionally thought to be a brain tumor after several mri tests they said it was this

Born with it. Cortical dysplasia is when a small island of gray matter is out of place in the white matter layer of the brain, seen on MRI. It can be mistaken for a benign brain tumor. It happens during development of the brain, and usually causes no trouble. Rarely it can cause seizures, which can be treated with medicine. VERY rarely surgery is done to remove it if seizures are hard to control.

Related Questions

Doctors thought I had a brain tumor, A.D.E.M., and now cortical dysplasia is there a chance that this could still be a brain tumor?

Hard question! This question is beyond the scope of what we can answer in this forum. It would require a medical consultation, with detailed history, review of your medical records and your actual MRI images. Public answers on HealthTap are not intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. A personal consultation can be obtained through HealthTap Concierge with me or another Board-Certified MD. Read more...

Doctors thought it to be a brain tumor, ADEM, and now cortical dysplasia is it still possible for the mass to be a brain tumor? Thanks!

Different. It should be obvious which one of these is which based on MRI characteristics. Sometimes a follow up study will help. It sounds like it is not a brain tumor if the other two are possibilities. More information is needed to make a better decision. Read more...

Brain lesion. I was told it was a brain tumor, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, and cortical dysplasia could it still be a brain tumor? Thanks!

Huh? Didn't you just answer your own question? Maybe I'm missing something but if the diagnosis actually IS ADEM (as I believe you are saying above) and if what you have is cortical dysplasia (unrelated to the ADEM) to boot then, neither of those 2 together nor separately are synonyms for brain tumor. Do you have imaging studies? That would solve the mystery? Questions? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi. Read more...