How changes in brain wave patterns could help predict which post-injury patients will develop epilepsy

Posted Jan 9 2018 in Diagnosis of epilepsy

“Post-injury epilepsy (PIE) is a devastating, unpreventable consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke, which develops in 10 to 40 percent of survivors months, or even years later,” says Ben-Gurion University (BGU) Professor Alon Friedman, a researcher in the Brain Imaging Research Centre and the Zlotowski Centre for Neuroscience.

It has been a wish of many researchers and clinicians to be able to identify those patients with head injuries who are most at risk of developing epilepsy as a result of their brain trauma.  Now researchers have moved a step closer.  By tracking continuous recordings of electrical activity in the brain, from time of injury through the onset of spontaneous seizures, BGU researchers discovered a decline in a specific pattern of brain wave activity over time.

This pattern also seems to be associated with disturbances in sleep-awake cycles.  They have demonstrated that electro encephalograms (EEGs) can identify changes in brain wave patterns over significant periods of time; and these changes can help predict which post-injury patients will develop epilepsy.

To read more about the research, please click on the link here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171221122435.html

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