IDH1 and IDH2 mutations in postoperative diffuse glioma-associated epilepsy

Andrew Neal, Patrick Kwan, Terence John O'Brien, Michael E. Buckland, Michael Gonzales, Andrew Morokoff

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Objective Isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and 2 mutations (IDH1/2) have an established association with preoperative seizures in patients with grades II–IV diffuse gliomas. Here, we examined if IDH1/2 mutations are a biomarker of postoperative seizure frequency. Methods This was a retrospective study. Patients with grades II–IV supratentorial diffuse glioma, immunohistochemistry results of IDH1-R132H, and antiepileptic drug (AED) prescribed postoperatively were included. The primary outcome was seizure frequency over the first 12 postoperative months: Group A — postoperative seizure freedom; Group B — 1–11 seizures over 12 months (less than one seizure per month); and Group C — greater than one seizure per month. Rates of IDH1-R132H mutation were compared between the three outcome groups in univariate and multivariate analyses. Subgroup analysis was performed in 64 patients with IDH1/2 pyrosequencing data. Results One hundred cases were included in the analysis: 30.0% grade II, 20.0% grade III, and 50.0% grade IV gliomas. Group B patients averaged 1 seizure over 12 months, compared with 2 seizures per month in Group C. Isocitrate dehydrogense 1-R132H mutation was present in 29.3% (17/58) of Group A, 18.2% (14/22) of Group B, and 70.0% (14/20) of Group C patients (p = 0.001). On multivariate analysis, after controlling for preoperative seizure, grade, and temporal tumor location, IDH1-R132H was associated with Group C when compared with both Group A (RR 4.75, p = 0.032) and Group B (RR 9.70, p = 0.012). In the subgroup with IDH1/2 molecular data, an IDH1/2 mutation was present in 64.7% (22/34) of Group A, 28.6% (4/14) of Group C, and 87.5% (14/16) of Group C patients (p = 0.004). Significance In patients with supratentorial diffuse gliomas, IDH1-R132H mutations are associated with a more severe phenotype of postoperative epilepsy. These findings support further research into IDH mutations, and the potential for an antiepileptic therapeutic effect of their inhibitors, in patients with glioma-associated epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalEpilepsy & Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Epilepsy
  • Glioma
  • IDH1
  • Seizure
  • Tumor

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