Investigation of Generalized EEG Paroxysms Accompanying Focal Epilepsies

Atalar A. C., Vanli-Yavuz E. N., Yilmaz E., Bebek N., Baykan B.

CLINICAL EEG AND NEUROSCIENCE, vol.50, no.6, pp.413-422, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1550059419841837
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.413-422
  • Keywords: focal epilepsy with unknown cause, hippocampal sclerosis, mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, EEG, generalized epileptiform discharges, nonspecific generalized discharges, SECONDARY BILATERAL SYNCHRONY, FEBRILE SEIZURES PLUS, ILAE COMMISSION, HIPPOCAMPAL SCLEROSIS, POSITION PAPER, COEXISTENCE, PHOTOSENSITIVITY, ABNORMALITIES, CLASSIFICATION, GENETICS
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Interictal focal EEG features were frequently observed in generalized, epilepsies, but there is limited information about interictal, epileptiform/nonepileptiform generalized paroxysms in focal epilepsies. We aimed to report the frequency and associated factors of generalized EEG discharges in focal epilepsy with unknown cause (FEUC) and mesial, temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis (MTLE-HS). A total of 200 patients (FEUC in 90 patients; MTLE-HS in 110 patients) were included. Generalized epileptiform (spike/sharp waves simultaneously in all regions) and nonspecific generalized discharges (paroxysmal slow waves) were investigated. All clinical and laboratory findings of 2 groups were compared with each other and with remaining control group, without generalized paroxysms, statistically. Generalized EEG features were present in 22 (11%; 4 males) patients; 9 in the FEUC group (10%; 2) and 13 in the MTLE-HS group (11.8%). Female gender (P < .021), febrile seizure (P < .034), precipitant factors (P < .025), and parental consanguinity (P < .033) were significantly higher in the group with generalized EEG findings. Monotherapy rates were lower in the MTLE-HS group (P < .05). The relationship of generalized EEG features with female gender and parental consanguinity may point out to a genetic property among focal epilepsies, while the relationship with febrile seizures and precipitant factors may be a clue about mechanisms with more extensive involvement of the neuronal networks.