Accurate localization of the Seizure Onset Zone (SOZ) is crucial in patients with drug-resistance focal epilepsy. EEG with fMRI recording (EEG-fMRI) has been proposed as a complementary non-invasive tool, which can give useful additional information in the pre-surgical work-up. However, fMRI maps related to interictal epileptiform activities (IED) often show multiple regions of signal change, or "networks," rather than highly focal ones. Effective connectivity approaches like Dynamic Causal Modeling (DCM) applied to fMRI data potentially offers a framework to address which brain regions drives the generation of seizures and IED within an epileptic network. Here, we present a first attempt to validate DCM on EEG-fMRI data in one patient affected by frontal lobe epilepsy. Pre-surgical EEG-fMRI demonstrated two distinct clusters of blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal increases linked to IED, one located in the left frontal pole and the other in the ipsilateral dorso-lateral frontal cortex. DCM of the IED-related BOLD signal favored a model corresponding to the left dorso-lateral frontal cortex as driver of changes in the fronto-polar region. The validity of DCM was supported by: (a) the results of two different non-invasive analysis obtained on the same dataset: EEG source imaging (ESI), and "psycho-physiological interaction" analysis; (b) the failure of a first surgical intervention limited to the fronto-polar region; (c) the results of the intracranial EEG monitoring performed after the first surgical intervention confirming a SOZ located over the dorso-lateral frontal cortex. These results add evidence that EEG-fMRI together with advanced methods of BOLD signal analysis is a promising tool that can give relevant information within the epilepsy surgery diagnostic work-up.

Causality within the Epileptic Network: An EEG-fMRI Study Validated by Intracranial EEG / Anna Elisabetta, Vaudano; Avanzini, Pietro; Laura, Tassi; Ruggieri, Andrea; Gaetano, Cantalupo; Benuzzi, Francesca; Nichelli, Paolo Frigio; Louis, Lemieux; Meletti, Stefano. - In: FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY. - ISSN 1664-2295. - ELETTRONICO. - 4:(2013), pp. 185-190. [10.3389/fneur.2013.00185]

Causality within the Epileptic Network: An EEG-fMRI Study Validated by Intracranial EEG

Anna Elisabetta Vaudano;AVANZINI, PIETRO;RUGGIERI, ANDREA;BENUZZI, Francesca;NICHELLI, Paolo Frigio;MELETTI, Stefano
2013

Abstract

Accurate localization of the Seizure Onset Zone (SOZ) is crucial in patients with drug-resistance focal epilepsy. EEG with fMRI recording (EEG-fMRI) has been proposed as a complementary non-invasive tool, which can give useful additional information in the pre-surgical work-up. However, fMRI maps related to interictal epileptiform activities (IED) often show multiple regions of signal change, or "networks," rather than highly focal ones. Effective connectivity approaches like Dynamic Causal Modeling (DCM) applied to fMRI data potentially offers a framework to address which brain regions drives the generation of seizures and IED within an epileptic network. Here, we present a first attempt to validate DCM on EEG-fMRI data in one patient affected by frontal lobe epilepsy. Pre-surgical EEG-fMRI demonstrated two distinct clusters of blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal increases linked to IED, one located in the left frontal pole and the other in the ipsilateral dorso-lateral frontal cortex. DCM of the IED-related BOLD signal favored a model corresponding to the left dorso-lateral frontal cortex as driver of changes in the fronto-polar region. The validity of DCM was supported by: (a) the results of two different non-invasive analysis obtained on the same dataset: EEG source imaging (ESI), and "psycho-physiological interaction" analysis; (b) the failure of a first surgical intervention limited to the fronto-polar region; (c) the results of the intracranial EEG monitoring performed after the first surgical intervention confirming a SOZ located over the dorso-lateral frontal cortex. These results add evidence that EEG-fMRI together with advanced methods of BOLD signal analysis is a promising tool that can give relevant information within the epilepsy surgery diagnostic work-up.
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Causality within the Epileptic Network: An EEG-fMRI Study Validated by Intracranial EEG / Anna Elisabetta, Vaudano; Avanzini, Pietro; Laura, Tassi; Ruggieri, Andrea; Gaetano, Cantalupo; Benuzzi, Francesca; Nichelli, Paolo Frigio; Louis, Lemieux; Meletti, Stefano. - In: FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY. - ISSN 1664-2295. - ELETTRONICO. - 4:(2013), pp. 185-190. [10.3389/fneur.2013.00185]
Anna Elisabetta, Vaudano; Avanzini, Pietro; Laura, Tassi; Ruggieri, Andrea; Gaetano, Cantalupo; Benuzzi, Francesca; Nichelli, Paolo Frigio; Louis, Lemieux; Meletti, Stefano
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