John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

PET imaging in epilepsy: basal ganglia and thalamic involvement Volume 4, supplement 3, Supplement 3, December 2002

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Service Hospitalier F.-Joliot, CEA, 4, place du Général-Leclerc, 91401 Orsay Cedex, France.
  • Key words: epilepsy, positron emission tomography, fluorodeoxyglucose, flumazenil, dopamine, seizure, basal ganglia
  • Page(s) : 55-60
  • Published in: 2002

Positron emission tomography imaging has revealed basal ganglia and thalamic abnormalities in cerebral blood flow, metabolism and neurotransmission in patients with partial epilepsy. Although these changes remain of uncertain significance, this involvement could be associated with the initiation, propagation or control of seizures. This paper will review the imaging data obtained using positron emission tomography in patients with partial and generalized epilepsy.