Seizure forecasting: can we predict seizures before they happen?

Researchers are getting closer to predicting when seizures occur, which could have profound effects on the lives of patients with epilepsy, according to Dr Michael Privitera of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute in Cincinnati, USA.

“The sudden and apparently unpredictable nature of seizures is one of the most disabling aspects of epilepsy disorder,” said Dr Privitera in a presentation at AES 2018.

Knowing when a seizure will occur would improve patient safety, said Dr Privitera, as patients could avoid dangerous activities, such as driving, during high-risk periods. It also allows for intervention to reduce seizure risk, such as a change in medication or initiation of stress-reduction measures.