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Understanding the transition to seizure by modeling the epileptiform activity of general anesthetic agents

Liley, D.T.J. and Bojak, I. (2005) Understanding the transition to seizure by modeling the epileptiform activity of general anesthetic agents. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, 22 (5). pp. 300-313. ISSN 1537-1603

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Abstract/Summary

A central difficulty in modeling epileptogenesis using biologically plausible computational and mathematical models is not the production of activity characteristic of a seizure, but rather producing it in response to specific and quantifiable physiologic change or pathologic abnormality. This is particularly problematic when it is considered that the pathophysiological genesis of most epilepsies is largely unknown. However, several volatile general anesthetic agents, whose principle targets of action are quantifiably well characterized, are also known to be proconvulsant. The authors describe recent approaches to theoretically describing the electroencephalographic effects of volatile general anesthetic agents that may be able to provide important insights into the physiologic mechanisms that underpin seizure initiation.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
ID Code:32526
Publisher:American Clinical Neurophysiology Society

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