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Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441632/emergency-computed-tomography-in-patients-with-first-seizure
#1
Kaisa Kotisaari, Pekka Virtanen, Nina Forss, Daniel Strbian, Filip Scheperjans
PURPOSE: To determine the frequency of emergent imaging findings on head computed tomography (CT) in an adult population of first seizure (FS) patients presenting to an emergency department (ED); and to search for associations between clinical features and emergent imaging findings among these patients. METHODS: For this retrospective registry-based study, adult FS patients presenting to Helsinki University Hospital ED in 2006 were identified based on ICD-10 diagnosis...
April 17, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431291/temporal-pole-abnormalities-detected-by-3-t-mri-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-due-to-hippocampal-sclerosis-no-influence-on-seizure-outcome-after-surgery
#2
Sara Casciato, Angelo Picardi, Alfredo D'Aniello, Marco De Risi, Giovanni Grillea, Pier Paolo Quarato, Addolorata Mascia, Liliana G Grammaldo, Giulio Nicolo' Meldolesi, Roberta Morace, Vincenzo Esposito, Giancarlo Di Gennaro
PURPOSE: To assess the clinical significance of temporal pole abnormalities (temporopolar blurring, TB, and temporopolar atrophy, TA) detected by using 3 Tesla MRI in the preoperative workup in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy due to hippocampal sclerosis (TLE-HS) who underwent surgery. METHODS: We studied 78 consecutive patients with TLE-HS who underwent surgery and were followed up for at least 2 years. Based on findings of pre-surgical 3 Tesla MRI, patients were subdivided in subgroups according to the presence of TB or TA...
April 12, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419949/characteristics-of-seizure-induced-signal-changes-on-mri-in-patients-with-first-seizures
#3
Si Eun Kim, Byung In Lee, Kyong Jin Shin, Sam Yeol Ha, JinSe Park, Kang Min Park, Hyung Chan Kim, Joonwon Lee, Soo-Young Bae, Dongah Lee, Sung Eun Kim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the predictive factors and identify the characteristics of the seizure-induced signal changes on MRI (SCM) in patients with first seizures. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of patients with first seizures from March 2010 to August 2014. The inclusion criteria for this study were patients with 1) first seizures, and 2) MRI and EEG performed within 24h of the first seizures. The definition of SCM was hyper-intensities in the brain not applying to cerebral arterial territories...
April 11, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419948/genetic-generalized-epilepsy-in-three-siblings-with-8q21-13-q22-2-duplication
#4
Arezoo Rezazadeh, Felippe Borlot, Hanna Faghfoury, Danielle M Andrade
PURPOSE: Duplication of chromosome region 8q21-q22 is a rare copy number variant that has been previously reported in a limited number of patients. Although some of these patients had seizures, their electroclinical syndrome has not been described in detail. The aim of this study was to provide further insight into the specific epilepsy syndrome associated with 8q21.13-q22.2 duplication. METHOD: We describe 3 siblings with trisomy of 8q21.13-q22.2 who exhibited intellectual disability, facial dysmorphism and seizures...
April 11, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441631/up-regulated-baff-and-baff-receptor-expression-in-patients-with-intractable-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-and-a-pilocarpine-induced-epilepsy-rat-model
#5
Limin Ma, Ruohan Li, Hao Huang, Jinxian Yuan, Shu Ou, Tao Xu, Xinyuan Yu, Xi Liu, Yangmei Chen
PURPOSE: Some studies have suggested that BAFF and BAFFR are highly expressed in the central nervous system (CNS) and participate in inflammatory and immune associated diseases. However, whether BAFF and BAFFR are involved in the pathogenesis of epilepsy remains unknown. This study aimed to investigate the expression of BAFF and BAFFR proteins in the brains of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and in a pilocarpine-induced rat model of TLE to identify possible roles of the BAFF-BAFFR signaling pathway in epileptogenesis...
April 8, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419947/efficacy-and-safety-of-eslicarbazepine-acetate-in-elderly-patients-with-focal-epilepsy-case-series
#6
A Gómez-Ibáñez, J M Serratosa, E Guillamón, M Garcés, B G Giráldez, M Toledo, J Salas-Puig, F J López-González, J Rodríguez-Uranga, A Castillo, J A Mauri, J L Camacho, E López-Gomáriz, P Giner, N Torres, J Palau, A Molins, V Villanueva
PURPOSE: Eslicarbazepine-acetate (ESL) is a third generation antiepileptic drug licensed as adjunctive therapy in adults with focal seizures. Efficacy and safety of ESL have been established in real-life setting. However, data about outcomes in elderly patients are scarce. Primary endpoint was to evaluate outcomes of ESL in elderly patients. METHOD: This was a retrospective survey that included patients >65years with focal seizures who started ESL between January 2010 and July 2012 at 12 Spanish Hospitals...
April 7, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411414/laser-interstitial-thermotherapy-litt-in-epilepsy-surgery
#7
REVIEW
Christian Hoppe, Juri-Alexander Witt, Christoph Helmstaedter, Thomas Gasser, Hartmut Vatter, Christian E Elger
Besides other innovative stereotactic procedures (radiofrequency thermocoagulation, focused ultrasound, gamma knife) laser interstitial thermotherapy (LiTT) provides minimally invasive destruction of pathological soft tissues which could be especially relevant for epilepsy surgeries involving adult and pediatric patients. Unlike standard resections, no craniotomy is required; just a tiny borehole trepanation is sufficient. Damage to cortical areas when accessing deep lesions can be minimized or completely avoided, and treating epileptogenic foci near eloquent or even vital brain areas becomes possible...
April 6, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431290/predicting-success-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns-from-eeg-symmetry
#8
REVIEW
Janneke Hilderink, Marleen C Tjepkema-Cloostermans, Anita Geertsema, Janita Glastra-Zwiers, Cecile C de Vos
PURPOSE: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has shown to be an effective treatment for drug resistant epilepsy, with achieving more than 50% seizure reduction in one third of the treated patients. In order to predict which patients will profit from VNS, we previously found that a low pairwise derived Brain Symmetry Index (pdBSI) could potentially predict good responders to VNS treatment. These findings however have to be validated before they can be generalized. METHODS: 39 patients (age 18-68 years) with medically intractable epilepsy who were referred for an implanted VNS system were included...
April 4, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407534/yield-of-brain-imaging-of-neurologically-normal-children-with-first-afebrile-seizure-in-the-outpatient-clinical-setting
#9
LETTER
M A S Ahmed, T Shah, A Ayubi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 3, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384518/semiology-of-subtle-motor-phenomena-in-critically-ill-patients
#10
Bogdan Florea, Simona Alexandra Beniczky, Helga Demény, Sándor Beniczky
PURPOSE: to investigate the semiology of subtle motor phenomena in critically ill patients, with- versus without nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE). METHODS: 60 consecutive comatose patients, in whom subtle motor phenomena were observed in the intensive care unit (ICU), were analysed prospectively. The semiology of the subtle phenomena was described from video-recordings, blinded to all other data. For each patient, the type, location and occurrence-pattern/duration were described...
March 30, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380395/equivocal-significance-of-post-ictal-generalized-eeg-suppression-as-a-marker-of-sudep-risk
#11
Joon Y Kang, Amin H Rabiei, Leslie Myint, Maromi Nei
PURPOSE: Our objective was to determine the significance of PGES as a possible EEG marker of increased risk for SUDEP and explore factors that influence PGES. METHODS: We identified 17 patients who died due to definite or probable SUDEP and 52 living control patients with drug resistant focal epilepsy who underwent EEG monitoring and least one seizure recorded on EEG. We reviewed 305 seizures on EEG and when available, on video, for presence or absence of PGES, the duration of PGES immediately after seizure end, seizure type, state seizure occurred (sleep vs...
March 27, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371670/panic-symptoms-in-transient-loss-of-consciousness-frequency-and-diagnostic-value-in-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-epilepsy-and-syncope
#12
G H Rawlings, J Jamnadas-Khoda, M Broadhurst, R A Grünewald, S J Howell, M Koepp, S W Parry, S M Sisodiya, M C Walker, M Reuber
PURPOSE: Previous studies suggest that ictal panic symptoms are common in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). This study investigates the frequency of panic symptoms in PNES and if panic symptoms, just before or during episodes, can help distinguish PNES from the other common causes of transient loss of consciousness (TLOC), syncope and epilepsy. METHODS: Patients with secure diagnoses of PNES (n=98), epilepsy (n=95) and syncope (n=100) were identified using clinical databases from three United Kingdom hospitals...
March 27, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391043/the-effect-of-vpa-on-bone-from-clinical-studies-to-cell-cultures-the-molecular-mechanisms-revisited
#13
REVIEW
Dimitris A Pitetzis, Martha G Spilioti, John G Yovos, Maria P Yavropoulou
PURPOSE: Valproic acid (VPA) is a broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug, which is widely used as a first line treatment for idiopathic and symptomatic generalized epilepsy, as well as in non-epileptic psychiatric disorders in adult and pediatric patients. Although valproic acid is considered to be a generally well-tolerated drug, numerous studies have shown an increased bone loss and fracture risk in patients treated with VPA. The purpose of this review is to outline recent findings on VPA molecular mechanisms and their action on bone metabolism...
March 22, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365440/evaluate-the-effects-of-long-term-valproic-acid-treatment-on-metabolic-profiles-in-newly-diagnosed-or-untreated-female-epileptic-patients-a-prospective-study
#14
Harpreet Singh Sidhu, R Srinivas, Akshay Sadhotra
PURPOSE: Excessive weight gain associated with sodium valproate (VPA) may predispose patients with epilepsy to other health problems such as insulin resistance. We prospectively evaluated the long-term impact of VPA monotherapy compared with lamotrigine (LTG) monotherapy on anthropometric and metabolic parameters in women with epilepsy. Our primary objective is to understand the underlying mechanism responsible for VPA-induced obesity. METHODS: Sixty-six female patients with newly diagnosed or untreated epilepsy were included in the study...
March 22, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364656/effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs-on-thyroid-hormone-function-in-epilepsy-patients
#15
Fu-Yuan Shih, Yao-Chung Chuang, Ming-Jung Chuang, Yan-Ting Lu, Wan-Chen Tsai, Ting-Ying Fu, Meng-Han Tsai
PURPOSE: Patients with epilepsy are frequently required to take antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) for a long period of time. Many studies have shown that AEDs have a negative influence on endocrine function including the thyroid gland, however the risk factors for the development of low thyroid function in these patients are unclear. This study aimed to determine the potential risk factors of low thyroid function in patients with epilepsy. METHOD: This was a cross-sectional study including 298 patients with epilepsy...
March 19, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363098/brand-to-generic-levetiracetam-switch-in-patients-with-epilepsy-in-a-routine-clinical-setting
#16
Sofia Markoula, Dimitrios Chatzistefanidis, Stylianos Gatzonis, Anna Siatouni, Eleftheria Siarava, Anastasia Verentzioti, Athanassios P Kyritsis, Philip N Patsalos
PURPOSE: The therapeutic equivalence of generic and brand antiepileptic drugs, based on studies performed on healthy volunteers, has been questioned. We compare, in a routine clinical setting, brand versus generic levetiracetam (LEV) bioequivalence in patients with epilepsy and also the clinical efficacy and tolerability of the substitution. METHODS: A prospective, open-label, non-randomized, steady-state, multiple-dose, bioequivalence study was conducted in 12 patients with epilepsy (5 females), with a mean age of 38...
March 19, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364655/real-life-experience-with-brivaracetam-in-101-patients-with-difficult-to-treat-epilepsy-a-monocenter-survey
#17
Bernhard J Steinhoff, Matthias Bacher, Iancu Bucurenciu, Barbara Hillenbrand, Tassanai Intravooth, Reinhold Kornmeier, Christoph Kurth, Jakob Stockinger, Anke M Staack
PURPOSE: To assess the efficiency of brivaracetam under real-world conditions in a tertiary referral epilepsy center. METHODS: We consecutively collected patients treated at our center with brivaracetam (BRV). After a minimum observation period of six months we retrospectively analyzed the efficiency of BRV. RESULTS: Data of 101 patients (mean age 42 years, range 18-81 years, 54 females,) were analyzed. The median number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) used prior to BRV was 10 (range 2-18)...
March 18, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284559/epilepsy-and-cognition-a-bidirectional-relationship
#18
REVIEW
Christoph Helmstaedter, Juri-Alexander Witt
Cognitive comorbidities are very common in epilepsy and often seen as secondary to epilepsy or caused by epilepsy. The implicit and sometimes explicit assumption is that epilepsy (i.e. having seizures) damages the brain and thus leads to functional deterioration and behavioral alterations. This article highlights the historical background surrounding this viewpoint which is characterized by old reports on 'epileptic dementia' and the fact that most cognitive research in chronic epilepsies is done retrospectively...
March 1, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267658/new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus-treated-with-vagus-nerve-stimulation-a-case-report
#19
Tomohiro Yamazoe, Tohru Okanishi, Atsushi Yamamoto, Takehiro Yamada, Mitsuyo Nishimura, Ayataka Fujimoto, Hideo Enoki, Takuya Yokota, Keishiro Sato, Takamichi Yamamoto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 24, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242441/culpable-brain-lesion-causing-complex-partial-status-in-wilson-s-disease-deduction-by-arterial-spin-labeled-perfusion-mri
#20
Chinmay Nagesh, Ajay Asranna, Divya K P, Ajith Cherian, Satyan Nanda, Bejoy Thomas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
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