Thermographic Examination of Skin Temperatures in Individuals With Focal Onset Epilepsy
The specific aim is to determine if there are patterns of temperature differences in the abdominal and back regions of individuals with partial/focal onset epilepsy as compared to a non-epileptic control group. The hypothesis is that individuals with partial/focal onset epilepsy will have colder recorded temperatures in the abdominal area than individuals in a matched control group.
Focal Onset Epilepsy
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Thermographic Examination of Low Back and Abdominal Area Skin Temperatures in Individuals With and Without Focal Onset Epilepsy|
- Thermographic imagery of the abdominal area [ Time Frame: Each experimental subject and each control subject will be seen once for the administration of the thermography imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]State of the art thermographic imagery of the imagery of the abdominal area from the xyphoid bone to just above the public symphysis. It is hypothesized that the average temperature for the experimental group will be lower than the control group. Since this is a measurement or diagnostic study using thermographic imagery, there is no health risk to the subjects.
- low back thermography imagery [ Time Frame: one time for thermographic imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Besides abdominal area will also do theographic imagery of low back of subjects because of the possibility of dermatomal skin area temperature changes possibly related the "Abdominal Epilepsy" dysfunction of the Celiac, Superior Mesenteric and Inferior Mesenteric Ganglia
- side thermography imagery [ Time Frame: one time for thermographic imagery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]To capture possible dermatomal skin temperature effects will do thermographic imagery of the side or lateral aspect of the subjects.
|Study Start Date:||May 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Individuals diagnosed with Partial/Focal Onset Epilepsy ICD9CM 345.4 and/or 345.5
Individuals who do not have the diagnosis of Epilepsy and have no history of seizure disorders
The concept of "Abdominal Epilepsy" has been described in the neurology literature. The present study seeks to amplify understanding of this clinical entity by measuring abdominal area and low back skin temperature changes which may be affected through the function of the abdominal ganglia, specifically the Celiac, Superior Mesenteric and Inferior Mesenteric Ganglia.
This not an intervention study. It is study comparing abdominal area and low back skin temperature in individuals with the Partial/Focal Onset Epilepsy with a match control group of individuals with no epilepsy history. The implications of the outcome of the finding any significant temperature changes between the experimental and control groups is great enough to warrant the highest level of scientific scrutiny that this registration permits.
|United States, Florida|
|Epilepsy Foundation of Florida|
|Miami, Florida, United States, 33126|
|Principal Investigator:||Hollis H King, DO, PhD||AT Still University of Health Sciences|