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N Jmail, M Zaghdoud, A Hadriche, T Frikha, C Ben Amar, C Bénar
To define the neural networks responsible of an epileptic seizure, it is useful to perform advanced signal processing techniques. In this context, electrophysiological signals present three types of waves: oscillations, spikes, and a mixture of both. Recent studies show that spikes and oscillations should be separated properly in order to define the accurate neural connectivity during the pre-ictal, seizure and inter-ictal states. Retrieving oscillatory activity is a sensitive task due to the frequency overlap between oscillations and transient activities...
February 2018: Heliyon
Rumiko Takayama, Katsumi Imai, Hiroko Ikeda, Koichi Baba, Naotaka Usui, Yukitoshi Takahashi, Yushi Inoue
We describe two cases of refractory epilepsy with cerebral hemiatrophy and contralateral electroencephalographic (EEG) abnormalities, in which hemispherotomy of the atrophic hemisphere effectively controlled seizures. Case 1 was a 5-year-1-month-old girl with refractory bilateral asymmetrical tonic posturing seizures predominantly in the right arm. Magnetic resonance imaging showed left porencephaly corresponding to a left middle cerebral artery infarction. Case 2 was a 3-year-8-month-old boy with refractory bilateral asymmetrical tonic posturing seizures predominantly in the right arm due to atrophy of the left cerebral hemisphere after septic meningitis...
March 14, 2018: Brain & Development
Brin Freund, James J Gugger, Alexandra Reynolds, William O Tatum, Jan Claassen, Peter W Kaplan
PURPOSE: Periodic discharges (PDs) are EEG patterns denoting brain dysfunction and ictal tendency. Their exact meaning regarding etiology and outcomes is not well known. In particular, bilateral independent PDs (BIPDs) are poorly described. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, multicenter study evaluating neuroimaging, epileptic, clinical, and EEG correlates of BIPDs. RESULTS: Twenty-five patients studied with a mean Glasgow Coma Scale 6...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Marinho A Lopes, Mark P Richardson, Eugenio Abela, Christian Rummel, Kaspar Schindler, Marc Goodfellow, John R Terry
Recent studies have shown that mathematical models can be used to analyze brain networks by quantifying how likely they are to generate seizures. In particular, we have introduced the quantity termed brain network ictogenicity (BNI), which was demonstrated to have the capability of differentiating between functional connectivity (FC) of healthy individuals and those with epilepsy. Furthermore, BNI has also been used to quantify and predict the outcome of epilepsy surgery based on FC extracted from pre-operative ictal intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG)...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Peng Li, Chandan Karmakar, John Yearwood, Svetha Venkatesh, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Changchun Liu
Entropy measures that assess signals' complexity have drawn increasing attention recently in biomedical field, as they have shown the ability of capturing unique features that are intrinsic and physiologically meaningful. In this study, we applied entropy analysis to electroencephalogram (EEG) data to examine its performance in epilepsy detection based on short-term EEG, aiming at establishing a short-term analysis protocol with optimal seizure detection performance. Two classification problems were considered, i...
2018: PloS One
Timothée Proix, Viktor K Jirsa, Fabrice Bartolomei, Maxime Guye, Wilson Truccolo
Recent studies have shown that seizures can spread and terminate across brain areas via a rich diversity of spatiotemporal patterns. In particular, while the location of the seizure onset area is usually invariant across seizures in an individual patient, the source of traveling (2-3 Hz) spike-and-wave discharges during seizures can either move with the slower propagating ictal wavefront or remain stationary at the seizure onset area. Furthermore, although many focal seizures terminate synchronously across brain areas, some evolve into distinct ictal clusters and terminate asynchronously...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Christopher S Parker, Jonathan D Clayden, M Jorge Cardoso, Roman Rodionov, John S Duncan, Catherine Scott, Beate Diehl, Sebastien Ourselin
Patients with medically-refractory focal epilepsy may be candidates for neurosurgery and some may require placement of intracranial EEG electrodes to localise seizure onset. Assessing cerebral responses to single pulse electrical stimulation (SPES) may give diagnostically useful data. SPES produces cortico-cortical evoked potentials (CCEPs), which infer effective brain connectivity. Diffusion-weighted images and tractography may be used to estimate structural brain connectivity. This combination provides the opportunity to observe seizure onset and its propagation throughout the brain, spreading contiguously along the cortex explored with electrodes, or non-contiguously...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
C Cuello-Oderiz, N von Ellenrieder, R Sankhe, A Olivier, J Hall, F Dubeau, J Gotman
OBJECTIVES: There are different neurophysiological markers of the Epileptogenic Zone (EZ), but their sensitivity and specificity for the EZ is not known in Focal Cortical Dysplasia (FCD) patients. METHODS: We studied patients with FCD who underwent stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) and surgery. We marked in the SEEG: (a) typical and atypical interictal epileptiform patterns, (b) ictal onset patterns, and (c) rates of ripples (80-250 Hz) and fast ripples (FRs) (>250 Hz)...
February 22, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Keite Lira de Almeida França, Antônio-Carlos Guimarães de Almeida, Stephen E Saddow, Luiz Eduardo Canton Santos, Carla Alessandra Scorza, Fulvio Alexandre Scorza, Antônio Márcio Rodrigues
The role of GABAergic neurotransmission on epileptogenesis has been the subject of speculation according to different approaches. However, it is a very complex task to specifically consider the action of the GABAa neurotransmitter, which, in its dependence on the intracellular level of Cl- , can change its effect from inhibitory to excitatory. We have developed a computational model that represents the dentate gyrus and is composed of three different populations of neurons (granule cells, interneurons and mossy cells) that are mutually interconnected...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Balaji Krishnaiah, Jayant Acharya, Aiesha Ahmed
Seizures are followed by a post-ictal period, which is characterized by usual slowing of brain activity. This case report describes a 68-year old woman who presented with right-sided rhythmic, non-voluntary, semi-purposeful motor behavior that started 2 days after an episode of generalized seizure. Her initial electroencephalogram (EEG) showed beta activity with no evidence of epileptiform discharges. Computed tomography scan showed hypodensity in the left parieto-occipital region. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed restricted diffusion/fluid-attenuated inversion recovery hyperintensities in the left precentral and post-central gyrus...
March 2018: Neurology India
Anna Witkowska-Wrobel, Kirill Aristovich, Mayo Faulkner, James Avery, David Holder
Imaging ictal and interictal activity with Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) using intracranial electrode mats has been demonstrated in animal models of epilepsy. In human epilepsy subjects undergoing presurgical evaluation, depth electrodes are often preferred. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the feasibility of using EIT to localise epileptogenic areas with intracranial electrodes in humans. The accuracy of localisation of the ictal onset zone was evaluated in computer simulations using 9M element FEM models derived from three subjects...
February 27, 2018: NeuroImage
Maxime Lévesque, Siyan Wang, Jean Gotman, Massimo Avoli
BACKGROUND: The detection of high-frequency oscillations (HFOs, ripples: 80-200 Hz, fast ripples: 250-500 Hz) is often based on considering ripples or fast ripples in isolation; overlapping ripples and fast ripples are excluded from further analysis. Here, we studied overlapping HFOs during spontaneous seizures in pilocarpine-treated animals. NEW METHOD: Spontaneous seizures (n = 6 animals) presented with either hypersynchronous- (HYP, n = 18) or low-voltage fast-onset (LVF, n = 21) pattern...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Mitchell G Miglis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Symptoms of autonomic dysfunction are common in patients with migraine, both during and between migraine attacks. Studies evaluating objective autonomic testing in patients have found significant, though somewhat conflicting results. The purposes of this review are to summarize and interpret the key findings of these studies, including those evaluating heart rate variability, autonomic reflex testing, and functional imaging in patients with migraine. The neuroanatomy of the central autonomic network as it relates to migraine is also reviewed...
February 23, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Mitsuyo Nishimura, Tohru Okanishi, Ayataka Fujimoto, Sotaro Kanai, Yuki Sasaki, Yoichiro Homma, Hiroshi Otsubo, Hideo Enoki
OBJECTIVE: Ictal scalp EEG patterns have been reported to vary across onset regions. We assessed the sequential EEG changes during seizure events on scalp EEG, and tested our hypothesis that patients with focal seizures arising from the cortex facing the interhemispheric fissure (IHF cortex) would be specifically characterized by 3 phase-EEG patterns (3Ph-EEG). METHODS: Patient inclusion criteria were: 1) focal epilepsy and 2) ictal onset records on scalp and intracranial video-EEG...
February 20, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Brandy B Ma, Emily L Johnson, Eva K Ritzl
INTRODUCTION: Neurocritical care units commonly implement the double-distance reduced EEG montage in postoperative neurosurgic patients who have structural barriers that hinder the placement of a standard 10-20 system array. Despite its widespread use, its sensitivity has not been adequately addressed. We evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of this montage for seizure detection. METHODS: One hundred fifty-five full-montage continuous EEGs (cEEGs) completed in the Johns Hopkins University neurocritical care unit containing unequivocal electrographic seizures, status epilepticus, or other abnormalities were selected, comprising 73 ictal and 82 nonictal EEGs...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Seon-Ah Chong, Silvia Balosso, Catherine Vandenplas, Gregory Szczesny, Etienne Hanon, Kasper Claes, Xavier Van Damme, Bénédicte Danis, Jonathan Van Eyll, Christian Wolff, Annamaria Vezzani, Rafal M Kaminski, Isabelle Niespodziany
Understanding the mechanisms of epileptogenesis is essential to develop novel drugs that could prevent or modify the disease. Neuroinflammation has been proposed as a promising target for therapeutic interventions to inhibit the epileptogenic process that evolves from traumatic brain injury. However, it remains unclear whether cytokine-related pathways, particularly TNFα signaling, have a critical role in the development of epilepsy. In this study, we investigated the role of innate inflammation in an in vitro model of post-traumatic epileptogenesis...
February 20, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Michael D Staudt, Sarita Maturu, Jonathan P Miller
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency thermocoagulation of epileptogenic foci via stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) electrodes has been suggested as a treatment for medically intractable epilepsy, but reported outcomes have been suboptimal, possibly because lesions generated using conventional high-energy radiofrequency parameters are relatively small. OBJECTIVE: To describe a technique of delivering low energy across separate SEEG electrodes in order to create large confluent radiofrequency lesions...
February 16, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Håkan Ashina, Song Guo, Anne L H Vollesen, Messoud Ashina
BACKGROUND: To review the role of PACAP38 in human models of primary headaches, discuss possible mechanisms of PACAP38-induced migraine, and outline future directions. DISCUSSION: Experimental studies have established PACAP38 as a potent pharmacological "trigger" molecule of migraine-like attacks. These studies have also revealed a heterogeneous PACAP38 migraine response in migraine without aura patients. In addition, findings from brain imaging studies have demonstrated neuronal and vascular changes in migraine patients both ictally and interictally after PACAP38 infusion...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
Christian E Elger, Christian Hoppe
Epileptic seizures vary greatly in clinical phenomenology and can markedly affect the patient's quality of life. As therapeutic interventions focus on reduction or elimination of seizures, the accurate documentation of seizure occurrence is essential. However, patient self-evaluation compared with objective evaluation by video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring or long-term ambulatory EEG revealed that patients document fewer than 50% of their seizures, on average, and that documentation accuracy varies significantly over time...
March 2018: Lancet Neurology
Anh D Bui, Theresa M Nguyen, Charles Limouse, Hannah K Kim, Gergely G Szabo, Sylwia Felong, Mattia Maroso, Ivan Soltesz
Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is characterized by debilitating, recurring seizures and an increased risk for cognitive deficits. Mossy cells (MCs) are key neurons in the hippocampal excitatory circuit, and the partial loss of MCs is a major hallmark of TLE. We investigated how MCs contribute to spontaneous ictal activity and to spatial contextual memory in a mouse model of TLE with hippocampal sclerosis, using a combination of optogenetic, electrophysiological, and behavioral approaches. In chronically epileptic mice, real-time optogenetic modulation of MCs during spontaneous hippocampal seizures controlled the progression of activity from an electrographic to convulsive seizure...
February 16, 2018: Science
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