What is the role of hippocampal sprouting in the pathophysiology of epileptic seizures?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Most of the initial attempts of hippocampal sprouting are likely to be attempts to restore inhibition. As the epilepsy progresses, however, the overwhelming number of sprouted synaptic contacts occurs with excitatory targets, creating recurrent excitatory circuitries that permanently alter the balance between excitatory and inhibitory tone in the hippocampal network.


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