Continuous monitoring of electrodermal activity during epileptic seizures using a wearable sensor

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010:2010:4415-8. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2010.5625988.


We present a novel method for monitoring sympathetic nervous system activity during epileptic seizures using a wearable sensor measuring electrodermal activity (EDA). The wearable sensor enables long-term, continuous EDA recordings from patients. Preliminary results from our pilot study suggest that epileptic seizures induce a surge in EDA. These changes are greater in generalized tonic-clonic seizures and reflect a massive sympathetic discharge. This paper offers a new approach for investigating the relationship between epileptic seizures and autonomic alterations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Clothing
  • Conductometry / instrumentation*
  • Electric Conductivity
  • Electrodes*
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / instrumentation*
  • Skin / physiopathology*
  • Sympathetic Nervous System / physiopathology*