Our aim was to localize the generator site of parasagittal epileptiform discharges in a patient with epilepsia partialis continua (EPC) in the right leg. We examined a 32-year-old woman with EPC whose conventional EEG did not show any epileptic discharge. We performed the jerk-locked back averaging (JLA) of EEG and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to localize the dipole source of sharp transients. The myoclonic discharges in the right soleus muscle were used as a trigger pulse. JLA revealed consistent EEG and MEG sharp transients that coincided consistently and constantly preceded the myoclonic jerks. JLA of EEG demonstrated sharp waves paradoxically distributed over the vertex and right hemisphere. However, the estimated dipoles of MEG were localized in a restricted area in the primary leg motor area in the left hemisphere, which was closely located in the abnormal lesion on the brain MRI. JLA of MEG is considered to be a useful non-invasive method for localizing the epileptogenic area in EPC even when paradoxical lateralization of electroencephalographic discharges was noted.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology