Brain single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) findings during clinical and subclinical seizures were compared in two neonates with hemimegalencephaly. Interictal and ictal brain SPECT were performed in two neonates. The ictal studies were performed during a clinical seizure in one neonate and during a subclinical seizure in another neonate. They revealed similar focal hemispheric hyperperfusion at the electroencephalographic seizure foci in both cases. The similar perfusion patterns imply that clinical and subclinical seizures place similar metabolic demands on the cerebral tissue involved in the generation of electroencephalographic seizures in neonates with cerebral dysgenesis and suggest that clinical and subclinical seizures should be treated similarly in this population.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Clinical Neurology