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MRI Contralateral Volumetric Correlation Increases in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

An analysis suggests coordinated changes in volume in unexpected areas of the brain.


Volumetric correlation analysis of the brain can help detect subtle structural changes in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). With that in mind, Conrad and associates performed T1 weighted 3T magnetic resonance imaging in 44 drug-resistant patients with unilateral TLE and in 44 healthy controls. They detected increased correlation in the contralateral areas to seizure foci and networks in several areas of the brains of patients with both left-sided and right-sided TLE. The areas, which included limbic, subcortical, and temporal regions, confirmed that there are coordinated volume changes in this population that are not confined to ipsilateral regions.

Conrad BN, Rogers BP, Abou-Khalil B et al. Increased MRI volumetric correlation contralateral to seizure focus in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy Res. 2016; 126:53-61.

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