Involvement of the Thalamocortical System in Epileptic Loss of Consciousness

@article{Kostopoulos2001InvolvementOT,
  title={Involvement of the Thalamocortical System in Epileptic Loss of Consciousness},
  author={George K. Kostopoulos},
  journal={Epilepsia},
  year={2001},
  volume={42}
}
Summary: Experiments on putative neuronal mechanisms underlying absence seizures as well as clinical observations are critically reviewed for their ability to explain apparent “loss of consciousness.” It is argued that the initial defect in absences lies with corticothalamic (CT) neuronal mechanisms responsible for selective attention and/or planning for action, rather than with those establishing either the states or the contents of consciousness. Normally, rich thalamocortical (TC)–CT… 

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