John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Cerebrospinal fluid findings after epileptic seizures Volume 17, issue 4, December 2015

Authors
Department of Neurology, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany
* Correspondence: Anastasios Chatzikonstantinou Department of Neurology, Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, 68167 Mannheim, Germany
  • Key words: epilepsy, seizures, CSF, protein, lactate, CSF-to-serum glucose ratio
  • DOI : 10.1684/epd.2015.0779
  • Page(s) : 453-9
  • Published in: 2015

We aimed to evaluate ictally-induced CSF parameter changes after seizures in adult patients without acute inflammatory diseases or infectious diseases associated with the central nervous system. In total, 151 patients were included in the study. All patients were admitted to our department of neurology following acute seizures and received an extensive work-up including EEG, cerebral imaging, and CSF examinations. CSF protein elevation was found in most patients (92; 60.9%) and was significantly associated with older age, male sex, and generalized seizures. Abnormal CSF-to-serum glucose ratio was found in only nine patients (5.9%) and did not show any significant associations. CSF lactate was elevated in 34 patients (22.5%) and showed a significant association with focal seizures with impaired consciousness, status epilepticus, the presence of EEG abnormalities in general and epileptiform potentials in particular, as well as epileptogenic lesions on cerebral imaging. Our results indicate that non-inflammatory CSF elevation of protein and lactate after epileptic seizures is relatively common, in contrast to changes in CSF-to-serum glucose ratio, and further suggest that these changes are caused by ictal activity and are related to seizure type and intensity. We found no indication that these changes may have further-reaching pathological implications besides their postictal character.