March 12, 2019

White Matter, Cortical Volume May Predict Risk for Late-Onset Epilepsy

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According to study results published in Neurology, white matter hyperintensities and lower cortical volume scores are associated with a higher risk for late-onset epilepsy in older adults.

A total of 1920 individuals (median age, 62.7) who participated in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study in 1993 to 1995 were included in the analysis. In the study, participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and researchers measured white matter hyperintensities.

According to the investigators, the findings from this study should be integrated into future “studies to develop prediction models to identify patients at risk for late-onset epilepsy” while incorporating “imaging findings as well as medical and social risk factors.”

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