Termination patterns of complex partial seizures: An intracranial EEG study

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Abstract

Purpose While seizure onset patterns have been the subject of many reports, there have been few studies of seizure termination. In this study we report the incidence of synchronous and asynchronous termination patterns of partial seizures recorded with intracranial arrays. Methods Data were collected from patients with intractable complex partial seizures undergoing presurgical evaluations with intracranial electrodes. Patients with seizures originating from mesial temporal and neocortical regions were grouped into three groups based on patterns of seizure termination: synchronous only (So), asynchronous only (Ao), or mixed (S/A, with both synchronous and asynchronous termination patterns). Results 88% of the patients in the MT group had seizures with a synchronous pattern of termination exclusively (38%) or mixed (50%). 82% of the NC group had seizures with synchronous pattern of termination exclusively (52%) or mixed (30%). In the NC group, there was a significant difference of the range of seizure durations between So and Ao groups, with Ao exhibiting higher variability. Seizures with synchronous termination had low variability in both groups. Conclusions Synchronous seizure termination is a common pattern for complex partials seizures of both mesial temporal or neocortical onset. This may reflect stereotyped network behavior or dynamics at the seizure focus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalSeizure
Volume32
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Complex partial seizure
  • Intracranial EEG
  • Seizure dynamics
  • Seizure termination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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