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To test whether low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of sensorimotor cortex (SM1) has prolonged effects on somatosensory function, eight subjects were given 900 TMS pulses over the left hand SM1 (0.9Hz, 90% of the resting motor threshold) or at sites 3 cm anterior or posterior to it. Tactile threshold of the right hand was(More)
We evaluated the effect of low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) on seizure frequency in adult patients with medically intractable extratemporal lobe epilepsy (ETLE). Seven patients with medically intractable ETLE received low-frequency rTMS at 0.9 Hz, basically two sets of 15 min stimulation per day for five days in a week, with(More)
While motor control is very often a goal-oriented event, little is known about the mechanisms underlying the termination of motor performance. To investigate what type of cortical activation underlies the muscle relaxation required to terminate the act, we performed single- and double-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies during voluntary(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies showed that the sensory input can decrease the motor cortex excitability (afferent inhibition). To clarify the effect of attention on sensorimotor integration, we investigated the effect of spatial attention on afferent inhibition. METHODS Right median nerve electrical stimulation followed,(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effect of 0.9 Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of the lateral premotor cortex on neuronal activity in cortical motor areas during simple motor tasks. METHODS In 8 subjects, electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyogram (EMG) were simultaneously recorded during voluntary contractions of the thumb before and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the suppressive effect of electric cortical stimulation upon the seizure onset zone and the non-epileptic cortex covered by subdural electrodes in patients with neocortical epilepsy and mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). METHODS Four patients with medically intractable focal epilepsy had implanted subdural electrodes for(More)
Interventional paired associative stimulation (IPAS) to the contralateral peripheral nerve and cerebral cortex can enhance the primary motor cortex (M1) excitability with two synchronously arriving inputs. This study investigated whether dopamine contributed to the associative long-term potentiation-like effect in the M1 in Parkinson's disease (PD)(More)
PURPOSE Atonic seizures are commonly seen in patients with generalized epilepsy but only infrequently in patients with partial epilepsy. Clinically generalized atonic seizures as a partial epilepsy have not been studied in detail with video/EEG monitoring. Here we describe the clinical and physiologic characteristics of atonic seizures due to partial(More)
PURPOSE To investigate underlying mechanisms and adequate parameters for electric cortical stimulation to inhibit epileptic focus in humans. METHODS A patient with intractable partial epilepsy had subdural electrodes implanted for preoperative evaluation. Cortical functional mapping was performed by using 50-Hz alternating square pulse of 0.3-ms duration,(More)