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Mapping the Areas of the Brain Associated With Language in Children With Epilepsy

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

Researchers are interested in studying if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is practical for locating the areas of the brain associated with language in children with epilepsy.

When a region of the brain is active, it uses more fuel in the form of oxygen and sugar (glucose). As the brain uses more fuel it produces more waste products, carbon dioxide and water. Blood carries fuel to the brain and waste products away from the brain. As brain activity increases blood flow to and from the area of activity increases also.

Patients participating in the study will be asked to perform tasks designed to test language skills while undergoing an MRI to detect areas of the brain using oxygen and receiving blood flow.

Condition or disease
Epilepsy Seizures

Detailed Description:
We propose to study the feasibility of utilizing MRI to perform functional mapping of language cortex in children with epilepsy. We will use 1.5 Tesla MRI to study cerebral blood flow and tissue oxygenation during cognitive activation tasks derived from previous adult studies.

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 230 participants
Official Title: MRI-Based Functional Language Mapping in Children With Epilepsy
Study Start Date : August 1993
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2002

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Children aged 5-17 years.

Partial epilepsy (localized).

Ability to cooperate with task paradigms (IQ greater than 65).

No cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants, shrapnel, vascular clips, braces, or claustrophobia.

No one with inability to cooperate with task paradigms.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00001366

United States, Maryland
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)