Mapping the Areas of the Brain Associated With Language in Children With Epilepsy

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Status

Completed

Conditions

Seizures
Epilepsy

Study type

Observational

Funder types

NIH

Identifiers

NCT00001366
930191
93-N-0191

Details and patient eligibility

About

Researchers are interested in studying if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is practical for locating the areas of the brain associated with language in children with epilepsy. When a region of the brain is active, it uses more fuel in the form of oxygen and sugar (glucose). As the brain uses more fuel it produces more waste products, carbon dioxide and water. Blood carries fuel to the brain and waste products away from the brain. As brain activity increases blood flow to and from the area of activity increases also. Patients participating in the study will be asked to perform tasks designed to test language skills while undergoing an MRI to detect areas of the brain using oxygen and receiving blood flow.

Full description

We propose to study the feasibility of utilizing MRI to perform functional mapping of language cortex in children with epilepsy. We will use 1.5 Tesla MRI to study cerebral blood flow and tissue oxygenation during cognitive activation tasks derived from previous adult studies.

Sex

All

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Children aged 5-17 years.

Partial epilepsy (localized).

Ability to cooperate with task paradigms (IQ greater than 65).

No cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants, shrapnel, vascular clips, braces, or claustrophobia.

No one with inability to cooperate with task paradigms.

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