Rationale: to evaluate the variability of emotional behaviours (homogeneity vs. heterogeneity) in different temporal lobe seizures of 45 patients. Materials and Methods: video-EEG/stereo-EEG recordings of 45 temporal lobe pharmacoresistent epileptic patients have been analyzed independently by three physicians. A critical emotional behaviour was identified considering facial expression, its associated body movements, verbal production and autonomic phenomena in a maximum of 5 seizures for each patient. Only basic emotions (happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise) were considered. Results: 37/45 patients presented a critical emotional behaviour in 93/140 seizures. For each patient, 1,3 emotions (range 1-3) and 1,6 types of emotion (range 1-3) in every seizure were detected. 81% of emotional behaviours were expressed only by face while 19% by face and an associated body movement. The latency of facial emotional expressions was not equal among different patients. Conclusions: critical emotional behaviours during temporal lobe epileptic seizures are an heterogeneous phenomenon in each patient (type and latency of every emotion). Different mechanisms are implicated in a wide spectrum of different emotional expressions.
|Translated title of the contribution||Intraindividual variability of critical emotional behaviours in temporal lobe epilepsy|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology