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Epilepsia. 2011 Oct;52(10):e130-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2011.03263.x. Epub 2011 Sep 13.

Ictal high-frequency oscillations at 80-200 Hz coupled with delta phase in epileptic spasms.

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Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan 48201, USA.


Previous studies of epileptic spasms reported that ictal events were associated with high-frequency oscillations (HFOs) or delta waves involving widespread regions. We determined whether ictal HFOs at 80-200 Hz were coupled with a phase of slow-wave, whether ictal slow-waves were diffusely or locally synchronous signals, and whether the mode of coupling between HFOs and slow-wave phases differed between ictal and interictal states. We studied 11 children who underwent extraoperative electrocorticography (ECoG) recording. The phases and amplitudes of slow-waves were measured at the peak of ictal and interictal HFOs in the seizure-onset sites. Ictal HFOs were locked tightly to the phase of slow-wave at ≤1 Hz. Ictal slow-waves propagated from the seizure-onset site to other regions. In contrast, interictal HFOs in the seizure-onset site were loosely locked to the phase of slow-wave at ≤1 Hz but tightly to that of ≥3-Hz. Ictal slow-waves coupled with HFOs can be explained as near-field and locally synchronized potentials generated by the neocortex rather than far-field potentials generated by subcortical structures. Ictal slow-waves in epileptic spasms may be generated by a mechanism different from what generates interictal HFOs-slow-wave complexes.

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