Publications of Olivier BODART
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See detailGeneral Anesthesia: A Probe to Explore Consciousness
BONHOMME, Vincent ULiege; STAQUET, Cécile ULiege; Montupil, Javier ULiege et al

in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience (2019)

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See detailEvaluation of the effect of TDCS on TMS-EEG responses in patients with disorders of consciousness
Mensen, Armand ULiege; BODART, Olivier ULiege; Thibaut, Aurore ULiege et al

in Frontiers in Neuroscience (2018, June 21)

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See detailPCI & Auditory ERPs for the diagnosis of disorders of consciousness: a EEG-based methods comparison study
Blandiaux, Séverine ULiege; Raimondo, Federico ULiege; Wolff, Audrey ULiege et al

Conference (2018, June 15)

INTRODUCTION Diagnosing the level of consciousness in patients suffering from severe brain lesions is still a major challenge. EEG-based systems can help discriminate conscious from unconscious patients ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION Diagnosing the level of consciousness in patients suffering from severe brain lesions is still a major challenge. EEG-based systems can help discriminate conscious from unconscious patients. This study aims to confront the results from two of the most reliable methods: the Perturbational Complexity Index (PCI) which is based on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS-EEG), and a recent machine learning approach using EEG-extracted markers from a standardized oddball auditory stimulation paradigm (EEG-ERP). METHODS Patients presenting either an unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS), a minimally conscious state (MCS) or an emergence of MCS (EMCS) underwent both TMS-EEG and EEG-ERP. We computed PCI value by compressing the spatiotemporal pattern of cortical responses to the perturbation of the cortex with TMS. For EEG-ERP, we extracted 60 markers corresponding to quantification of power spectrum and complexity in individual EEG sensors and information sharing between them. Using machine-learning, we predicted the individual probability of being (minimally) conscious. RESULTS PCI and EEG markers, when considered categorically (i.e. UWS vs MCS), were consistent for all UWS and EMCS patients, whereas the results for MCS patients showed less consistency. Nevertheless, we found a significant correlation between PCI values and the probability of being conscious with the multivariate classifier. CONCLUSION PCI correlated positively with the combination of EEG markers in severely brain-injured patients. These findings imply that EEG signatures of consciousness can be reliably extracted from different contexts and combined into coherent predictive models, encouraging future efforts in large-scale data-driven clinical neuroscience. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal structural integrity and effective connectivity in patients with disorders of consciousness
BODART, Olivier ULiege; Amico, Enrico; Gomez, Francisco et al

in Brain Stimulation (2018)

Background Previous studies have separately reported impaired functional, structural, and effective connectivity in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). The perturbational complexity index (PCI ... [more ▼]

Background Previous studies have separately reported impaired functional, structural, and effective connectivity in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). The perturbational complexity index (PCI) is a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) derived marker of effective connectivity. The global fractional anisotropy (FA) is a marker of structural integrity. Little is known about how these parameters are related to each other. Objective We aimed at testing the relationship between structural integrity and effective connectivity. Methods We assessed 23 patients with severe brain injury more than 4 weeks post-onset, leading to DOC or locked-in syndrome, and 14 healthy subjects. We calculated PCI using repeated single pulse TMS coupled with high-density electroencephalography, and used it as a surrogate of effective connectivity. Structural integrity was measured using the global FA, derived from diffusion weighted imaging. We used linear regression modelling to test our hypothesis, and computed the correlation between PCI and FA in different groups. Results Global FA could predict 74% of PCI variance in the whole sample and 56% in the patients' group. No other predictors (age, gender, time since onset, behavioural score) improved the models. FA and PCI were correlated in the whole population (r = 0.86, p < 0.0001), the patients, and the healthy subjects subgroups. Conclusion We here demonstrated that effective connectivity correlates with structural integrity in brain-injured patients. Increased structural damage level decreases effective connectivity, which could prevent the emergence of consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailNeuronal surface antibody-mediated encephalopathy as manifestation of chronic graft-versus-host disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Pirotte, Michelle ULiege; Forte, Florence ULiege; Lutteri, Laurence ULiege et al

in Journal of Neuroimmunology (2018), 323

Although it remained controversial for a long time, central nervous system (CNS) involvement of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is now becoming recognized as a real nosological entity. Previous case ... [more ▼]

Although it remained controversial for a long time, central nervous system (CNS) involvement of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is now becoming recognized as a real nosological entity. Previous case reports have suggested heterogeneous clinical presentations and it is not excluded that the whole spectrum of manifestations has not yet been fully described. Here, we report the case of a 58-year-old man with chronic GVHD who developed a rapidly ingravescent encephalopathy. There was no evidence for CNS immune-mediated lesions on conventional imaging nor for cellular infiltration in the cerebrospinal fluid. Serum analyses revealed the presence of anti-neuronal antibodies directed against anti-contactin-associated protein 2 (anti-Caspr2), a protein associated with voltage-gated potassium neuronal channels. Functional imaging with 2-deoxy-2-[fluorine-18] fluoro- D-glucose integrated with computed tomography (18F-FDG PET-CT) demonstrated diffuse cortical and subcortical hypometabolism. The patient was treated with a combination of immunosuppressive agents (corticosteroids, cyclophosphamide and rituximab) and progressively recovered normal neurocognitive functions. Taken together, these data suggest that CNS-GVHD may manifest as a reversible antibody-mediated functional encephalopathy. This report suggests for the first time the interest of screening for anti-neuronal antibodies and functional imaging with brain 18F-FDG PET-CT in diagnosing this severe complication of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHSCT). © 2018 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailResistance to eye opening in patients with disorders of consciousness
van Ommen, H. J.; Thibaut, Aurore ULiege; VANHAUDENHUYSE, Audrey ULiege et al

in Journal of Neurology (2018)

Introduction: Resistance to eye opening (REO) is a commonly encountered phenomenon in clinical practice. We aim to investigate whether REO is a sign of consciousness or a reflex in severely brain-injured ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Resistance to eye opening (REO) is a commonly encountered phenomenon in clinical practice. We aim to investigate whether REO is a sign of consciousness or a reflex in severely brain-injured patients. Methods: We recorded REO in chronic patients with disorders of consciousness during a multimodal diagnostic assessment. REO evaluations were performed daily in each patient and clinical diagnosis of unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS), minimally conscious state with (MCS+) or without (MCS−) preserved language processing was made using the Coma Recovery Scale-Revised (CRS-R). Results: Out of 150 consecutive patients, 79 patients fit inclusion criteria. REO was seen in 19 patients (24.1%). At the group level, there was a significant relationship between the presence of REO and the level of consciousness. We also observed a difference in the repeatability of REO between patients in UWS, MCS− and MCS+. Out of 23 patients in UWS, six showed REO, in whom five showed atypical brain patterns activation. Conclusion: Our findings suggest a voluntary basis for REO and stress the need for multiple serial assessments of REO in these patients, especially since most patients show fluctuating levels of consciousness. © 2018 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature [less ▲]

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See detailMeditation-induced modulation of brain response to transcranial magnetic stimulation
BODART, Olivier ULiege; Fecchio, M.; Massimini, Marcello et al

in Brain Stimulation (2018), 11(6), 1397-1400

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See detailSleep-like cortical OFF-periods disrupt causality and complexity in the brain of unresponsive wakefulness syndrome patients
Rosanova, Mario; Fecchio, M.; Casarotto, Silvia et al

in Nature Communications (2018), 9(1),

Unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS) patients may retain intact portions of the thalamocortical system that are spontaneously active and reactive to sensory stimuli but fail to engage in complex causal ... [more ▼]

Unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS) patients may retain intact portions of the thalamocortical system that are spontaneously active and reactive to sensory stimuli but fail to engage in complex causal interactions, resulting in loss of consciousness. Here, we show that loss of brain complexity after severe injuries is due to a pathological tendency of cortical circuits to fall into silence (OFF-period) upon receiving an input, a behavior typically observed during sleep. Spectral and phase domain analysis of EEG responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation reveals the occurrence of OFF-periods in the cortex of UWS patients (N = 16); these events never occur in healthy awake individuals (N = 20) but are similar to those detected in healthy sleeping subjects (N = 8). Crucially, OFF-periods impair local causal interactions, and prevent the build-up of global complexity in UWS. Our findings link potentially reversible local events to global brain dynamics that are relevant for pathological loss and recovery of consciousness. © 2018, The Author(s). [less ▲]

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See detailA TMS–EEG contribution to the multimodal assessment of brain connectivity and consciousness
BODART, Olivier ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Patients with chronic disorders of consciousness make a challenging population. On the clinical side, establishing an accurate diagnosis is arduous, as the signs of consciousness can be subtle, or even ... [more ▼]

Patients with chronic disorders of consciousness make a challenging population. On the clinical side, establishing an accurate diagnosis is arduous, as the signs of consciousness can be subtle, or even undetectable behaviourally. Both the families and the caregivers need truthful information to make tough decisions about the patient’s management. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, coupled with high-density electroencephalography, is a promising technique to improve our diagnostic ability. The perturbational complexity index derived from this technique is able to distinguish between unconscious and conscious conditions. Its specificity remains to be determined. On the scientific side, the long-standing quest to discover the neural correlates of consciousness is still ongoing. Patients with disorders of consciousness have structural brain damage, and several areas may lose their ability to causally interact in complex patterns with long distance structure. The relation between this ability and structural integrity remains undetermined, despite a vast amount of neuroimaging studies on several networks and connectivities in this population. Our objectives are i) to cross-validate the perturbational complexity index with other neuroimaging techniques, and to determine its specificity, and ii) to determine the relation between global structural integrity and the brain global ability to sustain complex long-range interactions. To do so, we first combined transcranial magnetic stimulation with fluoro-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography, a validated technique studying the brain metabolism, in a population of patients behaviourally characterized by repeated assessments with the gold standard scale, the coma recovery scale – revised. To meet our second objective, we computed and compared the perturbational complexity index and the global fractional anisotropy, a magnetic resonance imaging marker of structural integrity, in patients and in healthy subjects. We found an excellent congruence between electrophysiological and metabolic results in our first study, even in behaviourally unconscious patients showing indirect signs of consciousness. In our second study, we demonstrated that structural integrity largely correlated with the perturbational complexity index, and did not depend on the time since onset or the aetiology. This confirms the diagnostic value of transcranial magnetic stimulation and the perturbational complexity index. It is not only sensitive at the single subject level, but also highly specific. It can detect covert signs of consciousness, as confirmed by other neuroimaging techniques. As such, it could be integrated in diagnostic algorithms and improve their accuracy, leading to better management of these patients. Moreover, the brain’s ability to sustain complex long-range interactions is highly dependant on the global structural integrity. By looking further in detail at the local correlation between these two parameters, our understanding of the emergence of consciousness from fixed structure with variable connectivity would improve. This would be one step forward in the quest for the neural correlates of consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailTracking dynamic interactions between structural and functional connectivity: a TMS/EEG-dMRI study
Amico, Enrico; BODART, Olivier ULiege; Rosanova, Mario et al

in Brain Connectivity (2017)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in combination with neuroimaging techniques allows to measure the effects of a direct perturbation of the brain. When coupled to high density electroencephalography ... [more ▼]

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in combination with neuroimaging techniques allows to measure the effects of a direct perturbation of the brain. When coupled to high density electroencephalography (TMS/hd-EEG), TMS pulses revealed electrophysiological signatures of different cortical modules in health and disease. However, the neural underpinnings of these signatures remain unclear. Here, by applying multimodal analyses of cortical response to TMS recordings and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) tractography, we investigated the relationship between functional and structural features of different cortical modules in a cohort of awake healthy volunteers. For each subject we computed directed functional connectivity interactions between cortical areas from the source reconstructed TMS/hd- EEG recordings and correlated them with the correspondent structural connectivity matrix extracted from dMRI tractography, in three different frequency bands (alpha, beta, gamma) and two sites of stimulation (left precuneus and left premotor). Each stimulated area appeared to mainly respond to TMS by being functionally elicited in specific frequency bands, i.e. beta for precuneus and gamma for premotor. We also observed a temporary decrease in the whole-brain correlation between directed functional connectivity and structural connectivity after TMS in all frequency bands. Notably, when focusing on the stimulated areas only, we found that the structurefunction correlation significantly increases over time in the premotor area contralateral to TMS. Our study points out the importance of taking into account the major role played by different cortical oscillations when investigating the mechanisms for integration and segregation of information in the human brain. [less ▲]

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See detailAn unusual cause of diplopia
BODART, Olivier ULiege; MALAISE, Denis ULiege; Horta, Alexia ULiege et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2016)

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See detailChronic disorders of consciousness
Thibaut, Aurore ULiege; BODART, Olivier ULiege; Laureys, Steven ULiege et al

in Canavero, Sergio (Ed.) Surgical Principles of Therapeutic Cortical Stimulation (2015)

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See detailThe Glasgow Coma Scale: time for critical reappraisal?
Laureys, Steven ULiege; Bodart, Olivier ULiege; Gosseries, Olivia ULiege

in Lancet Neurology (2014), Vol 13

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See detailPredicting outcome from subacute unresponsive wakefulness syndrome or vegetative state
BODART, Olivier ULiege; LAUREYS, Steven ULiege

in Critical Care (2014), 18(2), 132

Predicting recovery of consciousness in patients who survive their coma but evolve to a vegetative state (recently coined unresponsive wakefulness syndrome) remains a challenge. Most previous prognostic ... [more ▼]

Predicting recovery of consciousness in patients who survive their coma but evolve to a vegetative state (recently coined unresponsive wakefulness syndrome) remains a challenge. Most previous prognostic studies have focused on the acute coma phase. A novel outcome scale (combining behavioural, aetiology, electroencephalographic, sleep electroencephalographic and somatosensory evoked potential data) has been proposed for patients in subacute unresponsive wakefulness syndrome. The scale’s clinical application awaits validation in a larger population. [less ▲]

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See detailComa and disorders of consciousness: scientific advances and practical considerations for clinicians
Bodart, Olivier ULiege; Laureys, Steven ULiege; Gosseries, Olivia ULiege

in Seminars in Neurology (2013), 33

Recently, neuroscientists and clinicians have seen the rapid evolution of diagnoses in disorders of consciousness. The unresponsive wakefulness syndrome–vegetative state, the minimally conscious state ... [more ▼]

Recently, neuroscientists and clinicians have seen the rapid evolution of diagnoses in disorders of consciousness. The unresponsive wakefulness syndrome–vegetative state, the minimally conscious state plus and minus, and the functional locked-in syndrome have been defined using new neuroimaging techniques. Diffusion tensor imaging, positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroen- cephalography, and transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques have all promoted important discoveries in the field of disorders of consciousness. This has led to a better understanding of these patients’ condition and to the development of new prognosis, therapeutic, and communication tools. However, low sensitivity and artifacts problems need to be solved to bring these new technologies to the single-patient level; they also need to be studied in larger scale and randomized control trials. In addition, new ethics questions have arisen and need to be investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailOur rapidly changing understanding of acute and chronic disorders of consciousness: challenges for neurologists
Gantner, Sylvia ULiege; BODART, Olivier ULiege; Laureys, Steven ULiege et al

in Future Neurology (2013), 8(1), 43-54

A number of recent studies suggest that some ‘vegetative state’ patients have been misdiagnosed, judging by their ability to follow commands and in some cases even communicate through brain activity. Such ... [more ▼]

A number of recent studies suggest that some ‘vegetative state’ patients have been misdiagnosed, judging by their ability to follow commands and in some cases even communicate through brain activity. Such studies highlight the difficulty in forming a diagnosis based only on behavioral assessments. We think that neuroimaging and electrophysiology methods will be used more frequently in clinical settings, integrated with existing behavioral assessments. Such efforts are expected to lead to a more accurate understanding of individual patients’ cognitive abilities or even provide prognostic indicators. In terms of treatment planning (i.e., pain management and end-of-life decision-making), patients with disorders of consciousness are now offered the possibility of expressing their preferences by means of brain–computer interfaces. What remains to be clarified is the degree to which such indirect responses can be considered reliable and of legal representation. [less ▲]

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