Dynamic changes of ictal high-frequency oscillations in neocortical epilepsy: Using multiple band frequency analysis

Ayako Ochi, Hiroshi Otsubo, Elizabeth J. Donner, Irene Elliott, Ryoichi Iwata, Takanori Funaki, Yoko Akizuki, Tomoyuki Akiyama, Katsumi Imai, James T. Rutka, O. Carter Snead

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Purpose: To characterize the spatial and temporal course of ictal high-frequency oscillations (HFOs) recorded by subdural EEG in children with intractable neocortical epilepsy. Methods: We retrospectively studied nine children (four girls, five boys; 4-17 yr) who presented with intractable extrahippocampal localization-related epilepsy and who underwent extraoperative video subdural EEG (1000 Hz sampling rate) and cortical resection. We performed multiple band frequency analysis (MBFA) to evaluate the frequency, time course, and distribution of ictal HFOs. We compared ictal HFO changes before and after clinical onset and postsurgical seizure outcomes. Results: Seventy-eight of 79 seizures showed HFOs. We observed wide-band HFOs (∼250Hz, ∼120 electrodes) in six patients either with partial seizures alone (three patients) or with epileptic spasms (three patients). Three patients with partial seizures that secondarily generalized had wide-band HFOs (∼170 Hz) before clinical onset and sustained narrow-band HFOs (60-164 Hz) with electrodecremental events after clinical onset (∼28 electrodes). In four postoperatively seizure-free patients, more electrodes recorded higher-frequency HFOs inside the resection area than outside before and after clinical seizure onset. In five patients with residual seizures, electrodes recorded more HFOs that were of higher or equal frequency outside the surgical area than inside after clinical onset. Conclusion: For partial seizures alone and epileptic spasms, more electrodes recorded only wide-band HFOs; for partial seizures that secondarily generalized, fewer electrodes recorded wide-band HFOs, but in these seizures electrodes also recorded subsequent sustained narrow-band ictal HFOs. Resection of those brain regions having electrodes with ictal, higher HFOs resulted in postsurgical seizure-free outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-296
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Ictal high-frequency oscillations
  • Multiple band frequency analysis
  • Neocortical epilepsy
  • Subdural EEG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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