The concept of epileptic networks. Part 1

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate evidences supporting the network concept of epilepsies from different approaches. Firstly the functions of cortical networks in which most of the epileptic networks are embedded, are treated. Then the tentative characteristics of an epileptic network are enumerated and the conversion mechanisms from physiological to epileptic networks are analyzed. Later the role of neuronal oscillations in epileptic networks and aspects of epilepsies provoked by sensory and cognitive tasks is studied. Lastly new fMRI data in mapping BOLD networks underlying spike and seizure discharges are used as arguments in favour of the epileptic network hypothesis. In a second part the well-known epilepsies related, or probably related to physiological networks are shown. Finally consequences of the network approach for creating a new unified epilepsy classification are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-303
Number of pages11
JournalIdeggyogyaszati szemle
Volume63
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - Sep 30 2010

Keywords

  • Cognitive functions
  • Epileptic network
  • Parallel distributed processing
  • Physiological brain systems
  • Sleep
  • Thalamo-cortical system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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