The goal of this study was to investigate the spatial extent and functional organization of the epileptogenic network through cortico-cortical evoked potentials (CCEPs) in patients being evaluated with intracranial stereoelectroencephalography.We retrospectively included 25 patients. We divided the recorded sites into three regions: epileptogenic zone (EZ); propagation zone (PZ); and noninvolved zone (NIZ). The root mean square of the amplitudes was calculated to reconstruct effective connectivity network. We also analyzed the N1/N2 amplitudes to explore the responsiveness influenced by epileptogenicity. Prognostic analysis was performed by comparing intra-region and inter-region connectivity between seizure-free and non-seizure-free groups.Our results confirmed that stimulation of the EZ caused the strongest responses on other sites within and outside the EZ. Moreover, we found a hierarchical connectivity pattern showing the highest connectivity strength within EZ, and decreasing connectivity gradient from EZ, PZ to NIZ. Prognostic analysis indicated a stronger intra-EZ connection in the seizure-free group.The EZ showed highest excitability and dominantly influenced other regions. Quantitative CCEPs can be useful in mapping epileptic networks and predicting surgical outcome.The generated computational connectivity model may enhance our understanding of epileptogenic networks and provide useful information for surgical planning and prognosis prediction.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.clinph.2020.08.012
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