Nocturnal partial seizures and arousals/awakenings from sleep: an ambulatory EEG study

Funct Neurol. May-Aug 1997;12(3-4):107-11.

Abstract

The architecture of nocturnal sleep in twenty subjects (9 males, 11 females, mean age 27 years) affected by partial cryptogenic epilepsy was investigated by means of ambulatory EEG (A-EEG) recording performed at home. The study aimed in particular to ascertain the immediate effects of nocturnal partial epileptic seizures on sleep stability and continuity. Data for a total of 49 recorded seizures indicate that 72% of the partial seizures which occurred during sleep were followed by arousal and awakening, and that sleep interruption lasted significantly longer when the seizure occurred between 4 and 7 a.m.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arousal / physiology
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiopathology
  • Child
  • Electroencephalography / instrumentation*
  • Epilepsies, Partial / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsies, Partial / physiopathology
  • Epilepsy, Complex Partial / diagnosis
  • Epilepsy, Complex Partial / physiopathology
  • Evoked Potentials / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation*
  • Polysomnography / instrumentation
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / physiopathology
  • Wakefulness / physiology