Can we predict who will develop epilepsy following brain trauma?
Is it possible to predict those people who will develop epilepsy following brain trauma?
Acquired epilepsy does not occur immediately after brain injury. Visible symptoms can occur months, or even years after the traumatic event, according to Professor Gluckman, professor of engineering science and mechanics, neurosurgery and biomedical engineering and associate director, Penn State Centre for Neural Engineering.
In new research, using a mouse model, a team of Penn State researchers have shown that there was a relationship between irregular heartbeats and abnormal brain activity which could prove to be a predictor of epileptic seizures in those who have suffered brain trauma. In fact, their research indicated that anomalous brain activity slightly preceded the heart rate anomalies. “With this delayed coincidence from brain to heart, we can clearly separate the mice that became epileptic from those that did not, weeks before development of epilepsy.” says Professor Gluckman.
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