Electroencephalographic changes during simple partial seizures

Epilepsia. 1994 Jul-Aug;35(4):715-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1994.tb02501.x.


We analyzed retrospectively the clinical and EEG data in 13 patients with simple partial seizures (SPS). All EEGs were recorded with surface electrodes with the standard 10-20 system and additional closely spaced scalp and subfrontotemporal skin electrodes. Seventy-seven seizures were recorded. We detected electrographic correlates with SPS in 10 of 13 patients (77%) and in 47 of 77 seizures (61%). The most common ictal correlates were rhythmic theta waves or spikes. Of the SPS with EEG changes, 58% were motor, 14% were sensory, and 28% were psychic seizures. Use of additional electrodes and recording channels may account for the higher incidence of EEG changes in this study than has been reported previously in the literature.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Electrodes
  • Electroencephalography* / instrumentation
  • Electroencephalography* / methods
  • Epilepsies, Partial / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsies, Partial / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scalp
  • Theta Rhythm