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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927701/an-epileptologist-s-view-seizure-related-outcomes-after-radiofrequency-ablation-for-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Zdeněk Vojtěch, Michaela Stará
In this article, we provide an overview of the reasons for the introduction of less invasive treatment modalities in the management of intractable mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE). We summarize our published research on stereotactic amygdalohippocampectomy (SAHE) and recalculate our data for the patients' last visit. In our previous work, we found that patients achieved long-term seizure-free outcomes in 70.5%. Re-analysis of results in a subgroup of patient who were diagnosed and followed-up at Epilepsy Center, Na Homolce Hospital, Prague, indicate that these outcomes are durable...
September 12, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923408/altered-functional-connectivity-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#2
Hana Burianová, Nahla L Faizo, Marcus Gray, Julia Hocking, Graham Galloway, David Reutens
Growing evidence of altered functional connectivity suggests that mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) alters not only hippocampal networks, but also a number of resting state networks. These highly coherent, yet functionally distinct brain circuits interact dynamically with each other in order to mediate consciousness, memory, and attention. However, little is currently known about the modulation of these networks by epileptiform activity, such as interictal spikes and seizures. The objective of the study was to use simultaneous EEG-fMRI to investigate functional connectivity in three resting state networks: default mode network (DMN), salience network (SN), and dorsal attentional network (DAN) in patients with mTLE compared to a healthy cohort, and in relation to the onset of interictal spikes and the period immediately prior to the spikes...
September 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910667/properties-of-afterdischarges-from-electrical-stimulation-in-patients-with-epilepsy
#3
Chang Liu, Tao Yu, Zhi-Wei Ren, Cui-Ping Xu, Xue-Yuan Wang, Liang Qiao, Duan-Yu Ni, Guo-Jun Zhang, Yong-Jie Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the properties of afterdischarges (ADs) from intracerebral electrical stimulation (ES) in patients with epilepsy who underwent stereotactic electroencephalography (SEEG) and determine the relationship between epileptogenic zone (EZ) or irritative zone (IZ) and ADs. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 10 patients with intractable epilepsy who underwent SEEG. ESs were delivered following the given parameters: bipolar, biphasic, 50Hz, 0.2ms pulse duration, 0...
September 7, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886886/are-changes-in-excitability-in-the-hippocampus-of-adult-male-rats-induced-by-prenatal-methamphetamine-exposure-or-stress
#4
Klara Bernaskova, Simona Tomkova, Romana Slamberova
Prenatal stress and drug exposure induce permanent alterations of the brain. Even though different brain structures are involved, alterations almost always refer to the hippocampus. The aim of this study was to investigate the excitability of hippocampal slices in low-magnesium epilepsy model of prenatally methamphetamine (MA, 5mg/kg sc.) or saline (sc., stress model) exposed animals in adult male rats. The second aim was to investigate, if a low dose of MA (1ml/kgs.c.) administered in adulthood changes the hippocampal activity of these animals...
September 5, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892741/effect-of-diet-with-omega-3-in-basal-brain-electrical-activity-and-during-status-epilepticus-in-rats
#5
Daniella Tavares Pessoa, Eva Luana Almeida da Silva, Edbhergue Ventura Lola Costa, Romildo Albuquerque Nogueira
Western diets are high in saturated fat and low in omega-3. Certain animals cannot produce omega-3 from their own lipids, making it necessary for it to be acquired from the diet. However, omega-3s are important components of the plasma membrane, and altering their proportions can promote physical and chemical alterations in the membranes, which may modify neuronal excitability. These alterations occur in healthy individuals, as well as in patients with epilepsy who are more sensitive to changes in brain electrical activity...
September 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890320/neuropsychologist-s-re-view-resective-versus-ablative-amygdalohippocampectomies
#6
REVIEW
Juri-Alexander Witt, Christian Hoppe, Christoph Helmstaedter
Pharmacoresistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) represents the major indication for epilepsy surgery. Since epilepsy surgery is an elective treatment option, preserving cognition is a high priority. Given the essential role of temporomesial structures in declarative long-term memory formation, surgical treatment for mTLE is primarily associated with a risk of material-specific memory decline, but other cognitive domains may be affected as well. The major determinants for the neuropsychological outcome are the functional integrity of surgically affected tissues, the functional reserve capacities of the remnant brain, the postoperative seizure outcome, as well as the quantitative and qualitative changes of antiepileptic drugs...
September 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888867/pick1facilitates-lasting-reduction-in-glua2-concentration-in-the-hippocampus-during-chronic-epilepsy
#7
Jan-Øyvind Lorgen, Daniel Lawer Egbenya, Janniche Hammer, Svend Davanger
Overstimulation of glutamate receptors resulting in excessive intracellular calcium concentrations is a major cause of neuronal cell death in epilepsy. The main source of increased calcium concentration during this excitotoxicity is an influx through NMDA subtype of glutamate receptors. The GluR2 hypothesis states that following a neurological insult such as an epileptic seizure, the AMPAR subunit GluR2 protein is down regulated. This increases the likelihood of the formation of GluR2-lacking, calcium-permeable AMPARs which might further enhance the toxicity of the neurotransmitter, glutamate...
August 31, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858777/trafficking-patterns-of-nmda-and-gabaa-receptors-in-a-mg-2-free-cultured-hippocampal-neuron-model-of-status-epilepticus
#8
Yang-Je Cho, Hyunjeong Kim, Won-Joo Kim, Seungsoo Chung, Young-Hwan Kim, Inja Cho, Byung In Lee, Kyoung Heo
An altered pattern of receptor trafficking is one of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of status epilepticus (SE). The gradual internalization of GABAA receptors (GABARs) occurs in both in vitro and in vivo models of SE and is thought to be a cause of decreased GABAergic inhibition. Unlike GABARs, little is known about alterations in NMDA receptor (NMDAR) trafficking during SE, even though increased activity of NMDARs is indispensable for the induction and maintenance of SE. Therefore, we aimed to simultaneously investigate the changes in the trafficking patterns of GABARs and NMDARs in an in vitro cultured hippocampal neuron model of SE...
August 28, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865303/defects-at-the-crossroads-of-gabaergic-signaling-in-generalized-genetic-epilepsies
#9
REVIEW
Jing-Qiong Kang
Seizure disorders are very common and affect 3% of the general population. The recurrent unprovoked seizures that are also called epilepsies are highly diverse as to both underlying genetic basis and clinic presentations. Recent genetic advances and sequencing technologies indicate that many epilepsies previously thought to be without known causes, or idiopathic generalized epilepsies (IGEs), are virtually genetic epilepsy as they are caused by genetic variations. IGEs are estimated to account for ∼15-20% of all epilepsies...
August 26, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864308/a-neurosurgeon-s-view-outcome-after-rf-ablation-for-mtle
#10
Hana Malikova, Roman Liscak
We reviewed the current RF-ablation technique for mTLE and complications relating to the procedure. RF-ablation of the amygdalohippocampal complex (AHC) is a stereotactic technique, performed under local anesthesia, which achieved long-term seizure-free clinical seizure outcomes in 71% of mTLE patients. Occipital access is used and thermolesions are made from a single trajectory in the long axis of the AHC. RF-ablation has shown a low complication rate and clinical seizure outcomes seem to be comparable with open surgical techniques...
August 25, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863320/ntrk2-trkb-gene-variants-and-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-a-genetic-association-study
#11
Carolina Machado Torres, Marina Siebert, Hugo Bock, Suelen Mandelli Mota, Bárbara Reis Krammer, Juliana Ávila Duarte, José Augusto Bragatti, Juliana Unis Castan, Luiza Amaral de Castro, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Marino Muxfeldt Bianchin
OBJECTIVE: The NTRK2 gene encodes a member of the neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor family known as TrkB. It is a membrane-associated receptor with signaling and cellular differentiation properties that has been involved in neuropsychiatric disorders, including epilepsy. We report here the frequencies of NTRK2 allele variants in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) compared to controls without epilepsy and explore the impact of these polymorphisms on major clinical variables in TLE...
August 25, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886474/functional-connectivity-of-the-hippocampus-to-the-thalamocortical-circuitry-in-an-animal-model-of-absence-seizures
#12
Seyed Reza Mousavi, Justin A Arcaro, L Stan Leung, Jeffrey R Tenney, Seyed M Mirsattari
OBJECTIVE: Using the gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) rat model of absence seizures, this study investigated the functional connectivity of the hippocampus, thalamus and cerebral cortex before and during absence seizures. METHODS: Functional connectivity between the hippocampus, thalamus and sensory and motor cortecies, were examined by the temporal correlations of the resting state blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal. Functional connectivity between these regions was calculated at baseline, 5min after saline injection, and at 5, 20 and 52min after GBL injection...
August 24, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28850831/region-specific-connectivity-in-patients-with-periventricular-nodular-heterotopia-and-epilepsy-a-study-combining-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-functional-mri
#13
Wenyu Liu, Dongmei An, Xin Tong, Running Niu, Qiyong Gong, Dong Zhou
OBJECTIVES: Periventricular nodular heterotopia (PNH) is an important cause of chronic epilepsy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate region-specific connectivity in PNH patients with epilepsy and assess correlation between connectivity strength and clinical factors including duration and prognosis. METHODS: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and resting state functional MRI (fMRI) were performed in 28 subjects (mean age 27.4years; range 9-56years). The structural connectivity of fiber bundles passing through the manually-selected segmented nodules and other brain regions were analyzed by tractography...
August 23, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844345/the-effect-of-atomoxetine-a-selective-norepinephrine-reuptake-inhibitor-on-respiratory-arrest-and-cardiorespiratory-function-in-the-dba-1-mouse-model-of-sudep
#14
Haiting Zhao, Joseph F Cotten, Xiaoyan Long, Hua-Jun Feng
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a significant public health burden. The mechanisms of SUDEP are elusive, although cardiorespiratory dysfunction is a likely contributor. Clinical and animal studies indicate that seizure-induced respiratory arrest (S-IRA) is the primary event leading to death in many SUDEP cases. Our prior studies demonstrated that intraperitoneal (IP) injection of atomoxetine, a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI) widely used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, suppresses S-IRA in DBA/1 mice...
August 22, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843182/propylparaben-suppresses-epileptiform-activity-in-hippocampal-ca1-pyramidal-cells-in-vitro
#15
Leonardo Lara-Valderrábano, Emilio J Galván, Luisa Rocha
Epilepsy is a highly prevalent neurological disorder. Additionally, a percentage of patients do not respond to conventional antiepileptic drugs. Therefore, drugs for epilepsy control are still being developed. In the present study, the effect of propylparaben (PPB) in the epileptiform activity induced by 4-aminopyridine in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons was evaluated using individual recordings in current-clamp mode. Results indicated that PPB suppressed the epileptiform activity in registered neurons. This effect disappeared when PPB was removed from the solution of incubation...
August 19, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829985/follow-up-study-of-idiopathic-generalized-epilepsy-with-associated-absence-seizure-and-myoclonic-epilepsy-of-infancy
#16
Vincenzo Belcastro, Lucio Giordano, Dario Pruna, Cinzia Peruzzi, Susanna Casellato, Salvatore Barca, Giorgia Carlone, Pasquale Striano, Alberto Verrotti
We evaluated the long-term prognosis of patients featuring the association of absences and myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. Our cohort consisted of 10 male subjects with mean age at seizure onset of 29 months. Follow-up data included seizure outcome and EEG findings. All individuals received antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) as monotherapy (6 patients) or polytherapy (4 patients) for a mean period of 24 months. Over a 30-60 month evaluation period (mean: 43 months), all patients were seizure-free. Follow-up data after withdrawal of antiepileptic therapy were obtained for a mean period of 22 months...
August 14, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822872/different-mossy-fiber-sprouting-patterns-in-ilae-hippocampal-sclerosis-types
#17
Barbara Schmeiser, Jinmei Li, Armin Brandt, Josef Zentner, Soroush Doostkam, Thomas M Freiman
OBJECTIVE: Hippocampal sclerosis (HS) is the most prevalent pathology in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) characterized by segmental neuronal cell loss in the cornu ammonis (CA) 1-4. In addition, migration of granule cells and reorganization of their axons is observed, known as granule cell dispersion (GCD) and mossy fiber sprouting (MFS). The loss of mossy fibers` (MF) target cells in CA4 and CA3 was considered to be causative for MFS. The ILAE HS (International League Against Epilepsy) classification identifies three subtypes with different cell loss patterns in CA1-4...
August 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822871/altered-language-network-in-benign-childhood-epilepsy-patients-with-spikes-from-non-dominant-side-a-resting-state-fmri-study
#18
Jiajia Fang, Sihan Chen, Cheng Luo, Qiyong Gong, Dongmei An, Dong Zhou
Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) is one of the most common childhood epilepsy syndromes, and language deficits associated with BECTS have become a hot topic. This study investigated alterations of the language network in BECTS children with spikes from the non-dominant side in comparison with healthy controls. Twenty-three children with BECTS and 20 age-matched healthy controls were enrolled. Region of interest -based whole brain functional connectivity analysis was used to identify the potential differences in the functional connectivity of the Broca's area between the two groups...
August 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800427/sibling-response-to-initial-antiepileptic-medication-predicts-treatment-success
#19
Keisuke Ueda, Fatema Serajee, Jan Rajlich, Sharief Taraman, Lindsey Steckling, Ahm M Huq
OBJECTIVE: A recent study focusing on a response to antiepileptic drugs (AED) among siblings for epilepsy showed a similar response among epileptic siblings to specific AEDs or AED combinations. Currently, however, family history of treatment response to AEDs is not readily employed in deciding which initial medication to use when treating patients with epilepsy. We tested the hypothesis that sibling response to initial AED predicts treatment success. METHODS: Presumed siblings were identified from a single-center database of patients diagnosed with epilepsy by matching last name, address, and name of parent(s)...
August 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810185/outcome-of-treatment-changes-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-chronic-epilepsy-a-tertiary-center-experience
#20
E Martínez-Lizana, F Gil-Lopez, A Donaire, J Aparicio, A Brandt, M Carreño
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that changing patients' anti-epileptic drug regimen can reduce the frequency of seizures. The approval of new anti-epileptic drugs with different modes of action during the last decades has provided multiple options for the treatment of epilepsy, although the efficacy of these new drugs is controversial. We aimed to determine the effects of adding or changing to a previously untried anti-epileptic drug, including recently approved drugs, on the frequency of seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy...
July 29, 2017: Epilepsy Research
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