Researchers closer to forecasting the likelihood of a seizure
For many people it is the unpredictability of their epilepsy which causes them most stress and anxiety. Now researchers from the University of California, San Francisco believe they are close to being able to forecast a patient’s seizure risk over time.
Neurologists at the University have discovered, through the implantation of a device in the brain which has been able to monitor electrical activity over weeks, months and even years, that there are monthly cycles of brain activity which are linked to seizures in patients with epilepsy. In practice this would mean that during a period of high risk, an individual diagnosed with epilepsy could plan around these high risk periods and take preventative measures to keep them safe.
As Vikram Rao, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of neurology at UCSF and member of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences says, “The exciting thing here is that we may soon be able to empower patients by letting them know when they are at high risk and when they can worry less.”
For more information about the research, click here: https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoc–mbc010518.php