Rapid-rate transcranial magnetic stimulation and hemispheric language dominance: Usefulness and safety in epilepsy

Roberto Michelucci, F. Valzania, D. Passarelli, M. Santangelo, R. Rizzi, A. M. Buzzi, A. Tempestini, C. A. Tassinari

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Abstract

We performed rapid-rate transcranial magnetic stimulation (r-TMS) in 14 epileptic patients, using a coil centered over nine different positions on each side of the scalp and while the subjects counted aloud. We obtained lateralized speech arrest, concordant with the site of manual preference, in only seven patients. There was transitory homonymous hemianopia (one patient), brief jerking of one arm (two patients), and affective (crying) reaction (three patients) after the end of a train of stimuli. In our experience, r-TMS is not as sensitive as previously reported for determination of hemispheric language dominance and may have undesirable side effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1697-1700
Number of pages4
JournalNeurology
Volume44
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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