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Intrinsic Thalamic Network in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy With Hippocampal Sclerosis According to Surgical Outcomes

 Kyoo Ho Cho  ;  Ho-Joon Lee  ;  Kyoung Heo  ;  Sung Eun Kim  ;  Dong Ah Lee  ;  Kang Min Park 
 FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY, Vol.12 : 721610, 2021-08 
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epilepsy ; network ; seizure ; surgery ; thalamus
Background: The aim of this study was to identify the differences of intrinsic amygdala, hippocampal, or thalamic networks according to surgical outcomes in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) patients with hippocampal sclerosis (HS). Methods: We enrolled 69 pathologically confirmed TLE patients with HS. All patients had pre-operative three-dimensional T1-weighted MRI using a 3.0 T scanner. We obtained the structural volumes of the amygdala nuclei, hippocampal subfields, and thalamic nuclei. Then, we investigated the intrinsic networks based on volumes of these structures using structural covariance and graph theoretical analysis. Results: Of the 69 TLE patients with HS, 21 patients (42.1%) had poor surgical outcomes, whereas 40 patients (57.9%) had good surgical outcomes. The volumes in the amygdala nuclei, hippocampal subfields, and thalamic nuclei were not different according to surgical outcome. In addition, the intrinsic amygdala and hippocampal networks were not different between the patients with poor and good surgical outcomes. However, there was a significant difference in the intrinsic thalamic network in the ipsilateral hemisphere between them. The eccentricity and small-worldness index were significantly increased, whereas the characteristic path length was decreased in the patients with poor surgical outcomes compared to those with good surgical outcomes. Conclusion: We successfully demonstrated significant differences in the intrinsic thalamic network in the ipsilateral hemisphere between TLE patients with HS with poor and good surgical outcomes. This result suggests that the pre-operative intrinsic thalamic network can be related with surgical outcomes in TLE patients with HS.
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Cho, Kyoo Ho(조규호) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2402-7198
Heo, Kyoung(허경)
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