Magnetic stimulation shows epilepsy treatment potential

Posted Apr 7 2014 in Brain science; genetics

A new study has demonstrated the potential benefits of a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the treatment and diagnosis of epilepsy.

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-led research reviewed a number of recent papers showing how TMS can be used to track distinct changes in brain activity patterns associated with the condition.

TMS involves the use of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, an approach that is sometimes applied to improve symptoms of depression. However, these recent studies have suggested it could be utilised to monitor the effect that traditional and new epilepsy medicines have on the brain, in order to gauge their efficacy.

Moreover, it has also shown promise in predicting patients response to therapy and to treat the disease itself, with the newer technique of TMS-electroencephalography demonstrating particularly strong promise.

The study concluded: “TMS has provided important insight into the pathophysiological substrate of human epilepsies and emerges as a valuable tool with diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic potential.”

Posted by Bob Jones

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