Background activity originating from same area as epileptiform events in the EEG of paediatric patients with focal epilepsy
The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of apparent non-epileptiform activity arising in the same brain area as epileptiform activity in the EEG of paediatric patients with focal epilepsy. The EEG from eight patients was analyzed by an automated method which detects epochs with a single underlying source having a dipolar potential distribution. The EEG with the highlighted detections was then rated by an EEGer with respect to epileptiform activity. Although EEGer-marked events and computer detections often coincided, in five out of the eight patients a substantial number of other detections were found to arise from the same area as the marked events. The morphology of a high proportion of these other detections did not resemble typical epileptiform activity.