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Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625946/educational-needs-of-epileptologists-regarding-psychiatric-comorbidities-of-the-epilepsies-a-descriptive-quantitative-survey
#1
Marco Mula, Esper Cavalheiro, Alla Guekht, Andres M Kanner, Hyang Woon Lee, Cigdem Ozkara, Alfredo Thomson, Sarah J Wilson
Psychiatric disorders are relatively frequent comorbidities in epilepsy and they have an impact on morbidity, mortality, and quality of life. This is a report from the Task Force on Education of the ILAE Commission on Neuropsychiatry based on a survey about educational needs of epileptologists regarding management of the psychiatric comorbidities of epilepsy. The Task Force designed a quantitative questionnaire to survey the self-perceived confidence of child and adult epileptologists and psychiatrists in managing major psychiatric comorbidities of epilepsy to identify: (1) critical areas of improvement from a list of skills that are usually considered necessary for effective management of these conditions, and (2) the preferred educational format for improving these skills...
June 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625944/intractable-ictal-vomiting-a-new-form-of-reflex-epilepsy
#2
Sachin Sureshbabu, Dinesh Nayak, Vikash Aggarwal, Sudhir Peter, Laxmi Khanna, Gaurav Mittal
In this description of the clinical course of a young female with persistent and protracted vomiting along with occasional loss of consciousness and subtle motor manifestations, the differential diagnosis is debated. The epileptic origin of her symptoms was substantiated by the presence of interictal epileptiform discharges and dramatic response to valproate monotherapy. Possible lobar localizations are discussed with the support of existing literature on this rare ictal manifestation [Published with video sequence on www...
June 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625947/intracranial-investigation-of-a-patient-with-nodular-heterotopia-and-hippocampal-sclerosis-dealing-with-a-dual-pathology
#3
Lady Diana Ladino, Chelsea Dash, Adam Wu, Jose Francisco Tellez-Zenteno
The pre-operative assessment and surgical management of patients with dual pathology is challenging. We describe a patient with drug-resistant focal epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis and extensive periventricular nodular heterotopia in the same hemisphere. The semiology, scalp EEG, and imaging were divergent, but the presence of focal interictal and ictal epileptic discharges of the putative ictal onset zone resulted in successful localization of the epileptogenic zone. A less aggressive resection was performed based on intracranial EEG recording...
June 12, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597842/adjunctive-lacosamide-for-focal-epilepsy-an-open-label-trial-evaluating-the-impact-of-flexible-titration-and-dosing-on-safety-and-seizure-outcomes
#4
Michel Baulac, Safia Coulbaut, Pamela Doty, Cindy McShea, Marc De Backer, Fabrice Bartolomei, Mihaela Vlaicu
To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of lacosamide in a real-life setting with the use of a flexible dose titration schedule and individualised maintenance doses up to the maximum approved dose of 400 mg/day. Adults with a diagnosis of focal seizures, with or without secondary generalization, were enrolled in this open-label Phase IV trial (NCT01235403). Lacosamide was initiated at 100 mg/day (50 mg bid) and uptitrated over a 12-week period to 200, 300 or 400 mg/day, based on safety and seizure control...
June 8, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593865/the-semiology-of-benign-focal-epilepsy-with-affective-symptoms
#5
Fábio A Nascimento, Márcio A Sotero de Menezes, Cristiane A Simao, Bruno T Takeshita, Samanta F Blattes da Rocha, Pedro A Kowacs
Benign focal epilepsy with affective symptoms (BFEAS) is a rare childhood epilepsy syndrome essentially characterized by "epileptic attacks with affective symptoms of a terrifying type". Since the original description, approximately 50 cases have been reported. To our knowledge, however, none of the studies included video-EEG data. Herein, we detail the electroclinical features of a neurodevelopmentally normal 9-year-old boy with epilepsy since the age of 2 years. His seizure semiology essentially consisted of nocturnal focal seizures featuring abrupt fear and autonomic phenomena (such as excessive sweating, repeated swallowing, and coughing), associated with impaired consciousness...
June 7, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587997/long-term-follow-up-of-two-siblings-with-adult-onset-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-kufs-type-a
#6
Çiğdem Özkara, Ayşegül Gündüz, Tülin Coşkun, Bengi Gül Alpaslan, Burcu Zeydan, Şakir Delil, Mikko Muona, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Meral E Kızıltan
Reports on the clinical presentation of adult-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) are scarce compared to infantile- and childhood-onset forms. Here, we aimed to present detailed temporal evolution of clinical and electrophysiological features of two siblings with adult-onset NCL and homozygous mutation in the CLN6 gene. We retrospectively analysed medical records and electrophysiological data in order to delineate evolution of clinical and electrophysiological findings. Electrophysiological studies included routine EEG and video-EEG, as well as polymyographic analysis of myoclonus and brainstem reflex studies...
June 6, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573975/benign-infantile-seizures-followed-by-autistic-regression-in-a-boy-with-16p11-2-deletion
#7
Roberta Milone, Angelo Valetto, Veronica Bertini, Federico Sicca
Benign infantile seizures (BIS) are usually a self-limiting condition, which may be associated with heterozygous mutations in the PRRT2 gene at chromosome 16p11.2. Here, we report a boy with a deletion in 16p11.2, presenting with BIS and typical neurodevelopment in the first year of life, unexpectedly followed by severe autistic regression. 16p11.2 deletions are typically associated with intellectual disability, autism, and language disorders, and only rarely with BIS. This clinical report shows that the neurodevelopmental prognosis in BIS patients may not always be benign, and suggests that array CGH screening should be considered for affected infants in order to rule out deletions at 16p11...
June 2, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540848/myoclonic-jerks-are-commonly-associated-with-absence-seizures-in-early-onset-absence-epilepsy
#8
Hala Nasser, Elisa Lopez-Hernandez, Adina Ilea, Neli Le Morvan, Vanina Bellavoine, Catherine Delanoë, Stéphane Auvin
Typical absence seizures are observed in various epilepsy syndromes, however, few series have focused on early-onset absence epilepsy (EOAE). We aimed to evaluate the occurrence of this seizure type in children under 4 years of age in order to evaluate their electroclinical characteristics and outcome. We retrospectively studied (2006-2014) the electroclinical features of children with normal development and typical absence seizures starting before the age of 4 (with available pre-treatment video-EEG). Nine patients were included...
May 24, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533195/de-novo-8p23-1-deletion-in-a-patient-with-absence-epilepsy
#9
Nihan Hande Akcakaya, Özlem Yalcin Capan, Herbert Schulz, Thomas Sander, Server Hande Caglayan, Zuhal Yapıcı
The 8p23.1 deletion syndrome is a rare multisystem disorder with high penetrance and a variable phenotypic spectrum that includes congenital heart disease (CHD), intellectual disability, behavioural problems, microcephalia, and sometimes epilepsy. Genomic copy number variations (CNVs) constitute an important genetic risk factor for common genetic generalised epilepsy syndromes (GGEs) and absence seizures. These variations, resulting either from copy loss (microdeletion) or copy gain (duplications), disrupt genes associated with neuronal development...
May 22, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316319/epileptic-spasms-in-paediatric-post-traumatic-epilepsy-at-a-tertiary-referral-centre
#10
Jun T Park, Harry T Chugani
To recognize epileptic spasms (ES) as a seizure type after traumatic brain injury (TBI), accidental or non-accidental, in infants and children. In the process, we aim to gain some insight into the mechanisms of epileptogenesis in ES. A retrospective electronic chart review was performed at the Children's Hospital of Michigan from 2002 to 2012. Electronic charts of 321 patients were reviewed for evidence of post-traumatic epilepsy. Various clinical variables were collected including age at TBI, mechanism of trauma, severity of brain injury, electroencephalography/neuroimaging data, and seizure semiology...
March 17, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300030/hemispheric-polymicrogyria-and-neonatal-seizures-a-potentially-life-threatening-combination
#11
Paula M Brna, A Simon Harvey, Richard J Leventer
Polymicrogyria (PMG) is a heterogeneous malformation of cortical development characterized by excessive gyration and abnormal cortical lamination. Typically, bilateral forms have more severe developmental delay and early-onset epilepsy, but the full spectrum of severity remains ill-defined. We report two cases of right hemispheric PMG and neonatal-onset, drug-resistant seizures culminating in early death. Case 1 began having seizures on Day 1 of life that intensified in severity and proved resistant to numerous antiepileptic drugs...
March 14, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287071/auditory-seizures-in-autoimmune-epilepsy-a-case-with-anti-thyroid-antibodies
#12
Claudia Varrasi, Domizia Vecchio, Luca Magistrelli, Gionata Strigaro, Laura Tassi, Roberto Cantello
In its classic presentation, Hashimoto's encephalopathy is an acute-subacute complex neuropsychiatric syndrome with cognitive impairment, hallucinations, myoclonus, tremor or ataxia, associated with elevated anti-thyroid antibodies. Corticoids and immunotherapy are dramatically effective. However, in some cases, not all the associated features are presented and this delays diagnosis and appropriate treatment. We describe a man with abrupt onset of recurrent auditory seizures resulting in refractory non-convulsive status epilepticus...
March 8, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287070/coregistration-of-multimodal-imaging-is-associated-with-favourable-two-year-seizure-outcome-after-paediatric-epilepsy-surgery
#13
Michael Scott Perry, Laurie Bailey, Daniel Freedman, David Donahue, Saleem Malik, Hayden Head, Cynthia Keator, Angel Hernandez
Multimodal coregistration uses multiple image datasets coregistered to an anatomical reference (i.e. MRI), allowing multiple studies to be viewed together. Commonly used in intractable epilepsy evaluation and generally accepted to improve localization of the epileptogenic zone, data showing that coregistration improves outcome is lacking. We compared seizure freedom following epilepsy surgery in paediatric patients, evaluated before and after the use of coregistration protocols at our centre, to determine whether this correlated with a change in outcome...
March 8, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287068/temporal-lobe-epilepsy-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem
#14
Irena Doležalová, Milan Brázdil, Philippe Kahane
Temporal lobe epilepsy is the most frequent form of drug-resistant epilepsy referred to epilepsy surgery centres. The vast majority of lesional cases can be operated on without invasive investigation which is often not the case for non-lesional cases. Invasive investigation in non-lesional cases, however, may lead to unexpected results, as illustrated in the following case report. [Published with video sequence on www.epilepticdisorders.com].
March 8, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256446/patience-can-be-a-virtue-with-deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-anterior-thalami-another-case-report
#15
Dominik Thuberg, Juergen Voges, Martin Holtkamp, Friedhelm C Schmitt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 3, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351825/control-groups-in-paediatric-epilepsy-research-do-first-degree-cousins-show-familial-effects
#16
Melissa Hanson, Blaise Morrison, Jana E Jones, Daren C Jackson, Dace Almane, Michael Seidenberg, Qianqian Zhao, Paul J Rathouz, Bruce P Hermann
To determine whether first-degree cousins of children with idiopathic focal and genetic generalized epilepsies show any association across measures of cognition, behaviour, and brain structure. The presence/absence of associations addresses the question of whether and to what extent first-degree cousins may serve as unbiased controls in research addressing the cognitive, psychiatric, and neuroimaging features of paediatric epilepsies. Participants were children (aged 8-18) with epilepsy who had at least one first-degree cousin control enrolled in the study (n=37) and all enrolled cousin controls (n=100)...
March 1, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300031/epileptic-spasms-in-congenital-disorders-of-glycosylation
#17
Andreia G Pereira, Nadia Bahi-Buisson, Christine Barnerias, Nathalie Boddaert, Rima Nabbout, Pascale de Lonlay, Anna Kaminska, Monika Eisermann
Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are a group of rare metabolic diseases, characterized by impaired glycosylation. Multisystemic involvement is common and neurological impairment is notably severe and disabling, concerning the central and peripheral nervous system. Epilepsy is frequent, but detailed electroclinical description is rare. We describe, retrospectively, the electroclinical features in five children with CDG and epileptic spasms. Epileptic spasms were observed in patients with ALG1-, ALG6, ALG11-CDG and CDG-Ix, and occurred at an early age, before 6 months in all cases, except one who had spasms that started at 18 months...
March 1, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287069/ictus-emeticus-presenting-as-an-unusual-seizure-type-in-chromosome-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
#18
Pi-Lien Hung, Li-Tung Huang, Shang-Yeong Kwan, Kai-Ping Chang, Hsin-Hung Chen, Yi-Yen Lee, Hueng-Chuen Fan, Chien Chen
We present a case study of a patient with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome presenting with ictus emeticus, together with a review of the relevant literature. The patient developed generalized tonic-clonic seizures at 3 months old, and seizures eventually remitted after calcium therapy. He then experienced vigorous vomiting that occurred during sleep, with glassy eyes and legs flexion. Video-EEG recordings exhibited a switch in background activity from organized reactivity during normal sleep to left lateralized temporal delta activity, which was bilaterally synchronized during an emetic attack...
March 1, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256447/drug-resistant-parietal-lobe-epilepsy-clinical-manifestations-and-surgery-outcome
#19
Marjan Asadollahi, Michael R Sperling, Amin H Rabiei, Ali A Asadi-Pooya
We reviewed a large surgical cohort to investigate the clinical manifestations, EEG and neuroimaging findings, and postoperative seizure outcome in patients with drug-resistant parietal lobe epilepsy (PLE). All drug-resistant PLE patients, who were investigated for epilepsy surgery at Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center between 1986 and 2015, were identified. Demographic data, seizure data, EEG recordings, brain MRI, pathological findings, and postsurgical seizure outcome were reviewed. In total, 18 patients (11 males and seven females) were identified...
March 1, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202427/the-insula-lobe-and-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-a-hypothesis
#20
Jia Li, Qianwen Ming, Weihong Lin
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major cause of death in patients with refractory epilepsy, particularly those with chronic epilepsy. The physiopathological mechanisms underlying SUDEP have not been elucidated. Autonomic dysregulation of cardiac or respiratory function is thought to underlie SUDEP. Here, we present a summary of available evidence on the involvement of the insular lobe in the regulation of cardiorespiratory function. Ictal discharge that originates in the cortex can, primarily or secondarily, involve the insula lobe through epileptogenic signal networks, leading to cardiorespiratory dysfunction, central apnoea, arrhythmias, and sudden death in patients with epilepsy...
March 1, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
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