Emergency EEG and continuous EEG monitoring in acute ischemic stroke

J Clin Neurophysiol. 2004 Sep-Oct;21(5):341-52.


There is physiologic coupling of EEG morphology, frequencies, and amplitudes with cerebral blood flow. Intraoperative continuous electroencephalographic monitoring (CEEG) is an established modality that has been used for 30 years to detect cerebral ischemia during carotid surgery. These facts have generated interest in applying EEG/CEEG in the intensive care unit to monitor cerebral ischemia. However, its use in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) has been limited, and its value has been questioned in comparison with modern MRI imaging techniques and the clinical neurologic examination. This review presents evidence that EEG/CEEG adds value to early diagnosis, outcome prediction, patient selection for treatment, clinical management, and seizure detection in AIS. Research studies correlating EEG/CEEG and advanced imaging techniques in AIS are encouraged. Improvements in real-time ischemia detection systems are needed for EEG/CEEG to have wider application in AIS.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Ischemia / complications
  • Brain Ischemia / diagnosis*
  • Brain Ischemia / therapy*
  • Brain Mapping / methods
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Electroencephalography / methods*
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Intraoperative / methods*
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Assessment / methods
  • Risk Factors
  • Stroke / diagnosis*
  • Stroke / etiology
  • Stroke / therapy*