Journal article

Perfusion patterns during temporal lobe seizures: relationship to surgical outcome

SS Ho, MR Newton, AM McIntosh, RM Kalnins, GCA Fabinyi, GA Brazenor, WJ McKay, PF Bladin, SF Berkovic

Brain | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 1997


We sought to determine whether patterns of ictal hyperfusion demonstrated using [99mTC]HMPAO (hexamethylpropylene amine oxime) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) predict outcome of temporal lobectomy; in particular, whether the more extensive patterns of ictal hyperperfusion are associated with poor outcome. We studied 63 patients who had ictal SPECT studies prior to temporal lobectomy. Hyperperfusion on ictal SPECT scans was lateralized, and classified into: (i) 'typical', (ii) 'typical with posterior extension', (iii) 'bilateral' and (iv) 'atypical' patterns. Outcome (minimum of 2 years follow-up) was classified as either seizure free, or not seizure free. Actuarial analysi..

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