Abnormal visual habituation in pediatric photosensitive epilepsy

Brazzo, Daniela; Di Lorenzo, Giorgio; Bill, P.; Fasce, M.; Papalia, G.; Veggiotti, P. and Seri, Stefano Abnormal visual habituation in pediatric photosensitive epilepsy. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122 (1), pp. 16-20.


Objective - To investigate visual habituation – a measure of visual cortical excitability – in photosensitive patients in pediatric age and compare the findings with a matched sample with idiopathic generalized epilepsies without photosensitivity and with normally developing children. Methods - We presented a full-field black-and-white checkerboard pattern, at 3 reversal/s with 100% contrast binocularly for 600 consecutive trials and measured the N75–P100 and P100–N145 pattern-reversal visual evoked potential inter-peak amplitudes and N75, P100, N145 latencies for the six blocks of 100 responses. As a measure of habituation we used the slope of the linear regression line of the N75–P100 and P100–N145 peak-to-peak amplitudes. The slope of the linear regression line of the N75–P100 and P100–N145 latencies was also analyzed. Results - Statistical analysis revealed significant differences between the three groups in the slope index of N75–P100 PR-VEP amplitude, with increased or constant amplitude in the PS group compare to the IGE and ND across the six blocks. Conclusions - Our results support the notion that photosensitivity is associated with altered control of excitatory and inhibitory cortical processes. The causal relationship between habituation deficit and photo-paroxysmal response needs to be further investigated with longitudinal studies. Significance This study supports the hypothesis that suppression of PR-VEP is a sensitive intermediate phenotype, which discriminates patients with photosensitivity from those with generalized epilepsies in pediatric age.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2010.06.002
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: photosensitivity,epilepsy,habituation,sensory gating,pattern-reversal VEP,Clinical Neurology,Neurology,Physiology (medical),Sensory Systems


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