Author(s): ShehataDieler W, Shimizu H, Soliman SM, Tusa RJ
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Abstract Middle latency auditory evoked potentials (MAEP) were recorded in 30 normal subjects and in 19 age-matched patients with temporal lobe lesions. MAEP appeared to be differentially affected by the specific structures involved within the temporal lobe. In the majority of patients with lesions involving the auditory area and/or auditory radiation, Na-Pa amplitude was significantly reduced over the involved hemisphere. No similar reduction in amplitude was noted in subjects with lesions not involving the auditory structures within the temporal lobe. We also observed a shift in a Pa latency over the involved hemisphere in patients with temporal lobe lesions involving the auditory structures. This latency shift was less pronounced than the amplitude reduction. The generators of MAEP in humans are discussed according to these findings and to the available literature. Normal intersubject variability of the conventional amplitude measures, and the occasional myogenic contamination of the response, limits establishing reliable criteria for abnormality that can be applied clinically for the diagnosis of patients with temporal lobe disorders.
This article was published in Ear Hear
and referenced in Brain Disorders & Therapy