Presurgical language fMRI activation correlates with postsurgical verbal memory decline in left-sided temporal lobe epilepsy

Kirsten Labudda, Markus Mertens, Joerg Aengenendt, Alois Ebner, Friedrich G Woermann
Epilepsy Research 2010, 92 (2-3): 258-61
We analysed the association of presurgical language fMRI activations and postsurgical verbal memory changes in 16 left-sided mesial temporal lobe epilepsy patients with initially intact memory. Patients with severe verbal memory decline after surgery (n = 9) had stronger presurgical fMRI activations within the left posterior temporal lobe, compared to those with no decline (n = 7). Language fMRI activation may predict verbal memory outcome, even in patients with a high risk of postsurgical memory deterioration.

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