The widespread propagation of synchronized neuronal firing in seizure disorders may affect cortical and subcortical brain regions. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can noninvasively quantify white matter integrity. The purpose of this study was to investigate the abnormal changes of white matter in children and adolescents with focal temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) using DTI.
Eight patients with clinically diagnosed TLE and eight age- and sex-matched healthy controls were studied. DTI images were obtained with a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging scanner. The epileptic foci were localized with magnetoencephalography. Fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), parallel (λ(||)) and perpendicular (λ(⊥)) diffusivities in the genu of the corpus callosum, splenium of the corpus callosum (SCC), external capsule (EC), anterior limbs of the internal capsule (AIC), and the posterior limbs of the internal capsule (PIC) were calculated. The DTI parameters between patients and controls were statistically compared. Correlations of these DTI parameters of each selected structure with age of seizure onset and duration of epilepsy were analysed.
In comparison to controls, both patients' seizure ipsilateral and contralateral had significantly lower FA in the AIC; PIC and SCC and higher MD, λ(||) and λ(⊥) in the EC, AIC, PIC and SCC. The MD, λ(||) and λ(⊥) were significantly correlated with age of seizure onset in the EC and PIC. λ(||) was significantly correlated with the duration of epilepsy in the EC and PIC.
The results of the present study indicate that children and adolescents with TLE had significant abnormalities in the white matter in the hemisphere with seizure foci. Furthermore, these abnormalities may extend to the other brain hemisphere. The age of seizure onset and duration of epilepsy may be important factors in determining the extent of influence of children and adolescents TLE on white matter.
"Advances in the development and application of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) have allowed for investigating the organization of human brain white matter (WM) (Hagmann et al., 2008; Iturria-Medina et al., 2008; Gong et al., 2009a). Numerous DTI studies of TLE have reported brain WM abnormalities in TLE according to DTI analysis, such as the external capsule, corpus callosum (Meng et al., 2010), fornix, cingulum (Concha et al., 2009), uncinate fasciculus, arcuate fasciculus (Lin et al., 2008), and inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus (McDonald et al., 2008a). Even though the widespread WM damage in TLE suggests disrupted structural integrity derived from a systemic disorder, few studies have investigated the disrupted WM organizations in TLE patients from a system level. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is the most common drug-refractory focal epilepsy in adults. Although previous functional and morphological studies have revealed the abnormalities in the brain networks of mTLE, the topological organization of the brain white matter (WM) networks in mTLE patients is still ambiguous. In this study, we constructed brain WM networks for 14 left mTLE patients and 22 age- and gender-matched normal controls using diffusion tensor tractography and estimated the alterations of network properties in the mTLE brain networks using graph theoretical analysis. We found that the networks for both the mTLE and the controls exhibited prominent small-world properties, suggesting a balanced topology of integration and segregation. However, the brain WM networks of mTLE showed significant increased characteristic path length but significant decreased global efficiency, which indicate disruption in the organization of the brain WM networks in mTLE. Moreover, we found significant between-group differences in the nodal properties in several brain regions, such as the left superior temporal gyrus, left hippocampus, the right occipital and right temporal cortices. The robustness analysis showed that the results were likely to be consistent for the networks constructed with different definitions of node and edge weight. Taken together, our findings may suggest an adverse effect of epileptic seizures on the organization of large-scale brain WM networks in mTLE.
"There are also DTI changes in the thalami bilaterally (Kim et al., 2010; Wang et al., 2010). While most studies are done in adults, children and adolescents with TLE also have significant WM abnormalities (Meng et al., 2010). A metaanalysis of 13 studies shows WM structural integrity is affected in the ipsilateral hemisphere more than contralaterally, with tracts closely connected with the affected temporal lobe being the most disturbed (Otte et al., 2012). "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Limbic epilepsy refers to a condition that consists of epileptic seizures that originate in or preferentially involve the limbic system. The majority of cases are medically refractory, necessitating surgical resection when possible. However, even resection of structures thought to be responsible for seizure generation may not leave a patient seizure free. While mesial temporal lobe limbic structures are centrally involved, there is growing evidence that the epileptogenic network consists of a broader area, involving structures outside of the temporal lobe and the limbic system. Information on structural, functional, and metabolic connectivity in patients with limbic epilepsy is available from a large body of studies employing methods such as MRI, EEG, MEG, fMRI, PET, and SPECT scanning, implicating the involvement of various brain regions in the epileptogenic network. To date, there are no consistent and conclusive findings to define the exact boundaries of this network, but it is possible that in the future studies of network connectivity in the individual patient may allow more tailored treatment and prognosis in terms of surgical resection.
International Review of Neurobiology 08/2014; 114C:89-120. DOI:10.1016/B978-0-12-418693-4.00005-4 · 1.92 Impact Factor
"Other cross-sectional DTI studies investigating such associations have used substantially reduced sample sizes relative to the present study, which may explain the frequent finding of no or minimal statistically significant correlations between DTI measures and duration of epilepsy. These studies have included samples of eight , nine , 12 , 15 , and 35  patients with TLEhs. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and associated hippocampal sclerosis (TLEhs) there are brain abnormalities extending beyond the presumed epileptogenic zone as revealed separately in conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies. However, little is known about the relation between macroscopic atrophy (revealed by volumetric MRI) and microstructural degeneration (inferred by DTI).
For 62 patients with unilateral TLEhs and 68 healthy controls, we determined volumes and mean fractional anisotropy (FA) of ipsilateral and contralateral brain structures from T1-weighted and DTI data, respectively. We report significant volume atrophy and FA alterations of temporal lobe, subcortical and callosal regions, which were more diffuse and bilateral in patients with left TLEhs relative to right TLEhs. We observed significant relationships between volume loss and mean FA, particularly of the thalamus and putamen bilaterally. When corrected for age, duration of epilepsy was significantly correlated with FA loss of an anatomically plausible route - including ipsilateral parahippocampal gyrus and temporal lobe white matter, the thalamus bilaterally, and posterior regions of the corpus callosum that contain temporal lobe fibres - that may be suggestive of progressive brain degeneration in response to recurrent seizures.
Chronic TLEhs is associated with interrelated DTI-derived and volume-derived brain degenerative abnormalities that are influenced by the duration of the disorder and the side of seizure onset. This work confirms previously contradictory findings by employing multi-modal imaging techniques in parallel in a large sample of patients.
PLoS ONE 10/2012; 7(10):e46791. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0046791 · 3.23 Impact Factor
Hanne Struyfs, Wim Van Hecke, Jelle Veraart, Jan Sijbers, Sylvie Slaets, Maya De Belder, Laura Wuyts, Benjamin Peters, Kristel Sleegers, Caroline Robberecht, Christine Van Broeckhoven, Frank De Belder, Paul M Parizel, Sebastiaan Engelborghs
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