Long-term effects of electrodermal biofeedback training on seizure control in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy: two case reports

Nagai, Yoko and Trimble, Michael R (2014) Long-term effects of electrodermal biofeedback training on seizure control in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy: two case reports. Epilepsy Research, 108 (1). pp. 149-152. ISSN 0920-1211

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Abstract

We report data from two patients, followed over 3 years after electrodermal biofeedback treatment. Patients were trained three times each week for four weeks to increase their sympathetic arousal using electrodermal biofeedback. This treatment was directed at enabling the patients to change their psychophysiological state as a countermeasure to prevent seizures. Both patients voluntarily kept a record of seizure frequency over the year preceding the treatment and continued to record their seizures for up to 3 years after the termination of biofeedback treatment. Both patients showed a marked reduction in seizure frequency (54.9% and 59.8%) during the month of biofeedback treatment. This improvement was maintained over the subsequent years. We highlight the therapeutic potential of biofeedback interventions that enable patients to volitionally control their state of physiological arousal in the management of drug-resistant epilepsy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Biofeedback, Electrodermal activity, Drug resistant epilepsy
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Alexei Fisk
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 08:15
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 16:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69063

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