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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910806/epilepsia-partialis-continua-aetiology-semiology-and-prognosis-in-a-spanish-adult-cohort
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Helena Bejr-Kasem, Jacint Sala-Padró, Manuel Toledo, Estevo Santamarina, Silvana Sarria, Montserrat Gonzalez-Cuevas, María Sueiras-Gil, Manolo Quintana, Xavier Salas-Puig
To describe the semiological features in patients suffering with Epilepsia Partialis Continua (EPC), also referred as Kozhevnikov syndrome and their relationship with aetiology, duration, and prognosis, as well as recurrence during follow-up. We analysed consecutive EPC patients diagnosed and followed in our centre over a seven-and-a half year period. We collected demographic and clinical data, along with neuroimaging and EEG recordings. All patients were followed for more than six months. Patients were categorised with single body area or multiple body area involvement according to the body parts affected...
December 2, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883181/workshop-on-neurobiology-of-epilepsy-appraisal-imaging-biomarkers-in-epilepsy
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Erwin A van Vliet, Stefanie Dedeurwaerdere, Andrew J Cole, Alon Friedman, Matthias J Koepp, Heidrun Potschka, Riikka Immonen, Asla Pitkänen, Paolo Federico
Neuroimaging offers a wide range of opportunities to obtain information about neuronal activity, brain inflammation, blood-brain barrier alterations, and various molecular alterations during epileptogenesis or for the prediction of pharmacoresponsiveness as well as postoperative outcome. Imaging biomarkers were examined during the XIII Workshop on Neurobiology of Epilepsy (XIII WONOEP) organized in 2015 by the Neurobiology Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). Here we present an extended summary of the discussed issues and provide an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding the biomarker potential of different neuroimaging approaches for epilepsy...
November 24, 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873293/supraorbital-keyhole-microsurgical-fenestration-of-symptomatic-temporal-arachnoid-cysts-in-children-advantages-and-limitations
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Sherif Elkheshin, Ahmed Soliman
AIM: To investigate the impact of endoscope assisted microsurgical fenestration of temporal arachnoid cysts, the advantages and limitations of the technique. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study including twenty five children of symptomatic temporal arachnoid cysts operated via Eyebrow Supra-Orbital Keyhole Microsurgical Fenestration targeting medial cyst wall, Preoperative MRI brain was done for all patients. RESULTS: Preoperative, clinical presentation included headache (80%), nausea & vomiting (64%), drug resistant epilepsy (52%), macrocephaly (12%) papilledema (28%) motor weakness in the form of right sided hemiparesis (12%) and cranial nerve palsy...
October 14, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872899/de-novo-fgf12-mutation-in-2-patients-with-neonatal-onset-epilepsy
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Ilaria Guella, Linda Huh, Marna B McKenzie, Eric B Toyota, E Martina Bebin, Michelle L Thompson, Gregory M Cooper, Daniel M Evans, Sarah E Buerki, Shelin Adam, Margot I Van Allen, Tanya N Nelson, Mary B Connolly, Matthew J Farrer, Michelle Demos
OBJECTIVE: We describe 2 additional patients with early-onset epilepsy with a de novo FGF12 mutation. METHODS: Whole-exome sequencing was performed in 2 unrelated patients with early-onset epilepsy and their unaffected parents. Genetic variants were assessed by comparative trio analysis. Clinical evolution, EEG, and neuroimaging are described. The phenotype and response to treatment was reviewed and compared to affected siblings in the original report. RESULTS: We identified the same FGF12 de novo mutation reported previously (c...
December 2016: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862625/bayesian-vector-autoregressive-model-for-multi-subject-effective-connectivity-inference-using-multi-modal-neuroimaging-data
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Sharon Chiang, Michele Guindani, Hsiang J Yeh, Zulfi Haneef, John M Stern, Marina Vannucci
In this article a multi-subject vector autoregressive (VAR) modeling approach was proposed for inference on effective connectivity based on resting-state functional MRI data. Their framework uses a Bayesian variable selection approach to allow for simultaneous inference on effective connectivity at both the subject- and group-level. Furthermore, it accounts for multi-modal data by integrating structural imaging information into the prior model, encouraging effective connectivity between structurally connected regions...
November 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853892/seizure-onset-zone-localization-from-ictal-high-density-eeg-in-refractory-focal-epilepsy
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Willeke Staljanssens, Gregor Strobbe, Roel Van Holen, Gwénaël Birot, Markus Gschwind, Margitta Seeck, Stefaan Vandenberghe, Serge Vulliémoz, Pieter van Mierlo
Epilepsy surgery is the most efficient treatment option for patients with refractory epilepsy. Before surgery, it is of utmost importance to accurately delineate the seizure onset zone (SOZ). Non-invasive EEG is the most used neuroimaging technique to diagnose epilepsy, but it is hard to localize the SOZ from EEG due to its low spatial resolution and because epilepsy is a network disease, with several brain regions becoming active during a seizure. In this work, we propose and validate an approach based on EEG source imaging (ESI) combined with functional connectivity analysis to overcome these problems...
November 16, 2016: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831545/neuroimaging-findings-in-mowat-wilson-syndrome-a-study-of-54-patients
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Livia Garavelli, Ivan Ivanovski, Stefano Giuseppe Caraffi, Daniela Santodirocco, Marzia Pollazzon, Duccio Maria Cordelli, Ebtesam Abdalla, Patrizia Accorsi, Margaret P Adam, Chiara Baldo, Allan Bayat, Elga Belligni, Federico Bonvicini, Jeroen Breckpot, Bert Callewaert, Guido Cocchi, Goran Cuturilo, Koenraad Devriendt, Mary Beth Dinulos, Olivera Djuric, Roberta Epifanio, Francesca Faravelli, Debora Formisano, Lucio Giordano, Marina Grasso, Sabine Grønborg, Alessandro Iodice, Lorenzo Iughetti, Didier Lacombe, Massimo Maggi, Baris Malbora, Isabella Mammi, Sebastien Moutton, Rikke Møller, Petra Muschke, Manuela Napoli, Chiara Pantaleoni, Rosario Pascarella, Alessandro Pellicciari, Maria Luisa Poch-Olive, Federico Raviglione, Francesca Rivieri, Carmela Russo, Salvatore Savasta, Gioacchino Scarano, Angelo Selicorni, Margherita Silengo, Giovanni Sorge, Luigi Tarani, Luis Gonzaga Tone, Annick Toutain, Aurelien Trimouille, Elvis Terci Valera, Samantha Schrier Vergano, Nicoletta Zanotta, Marcella Zollino, William B Dobyns, Alex R Paciorkowski
PURPOSE: Mowat-Wilson syndrome (MWS) is a genetic disease characterized by distinctive facial features, moderate to severe intellectual disability, and congenital malformations, including Hirschsprung disease, genital and eye anomalies, and congenital heart defects, caused by haploinsufficiency of the ZEB2 gene. To date, no characteristic pattern of brain dysmorphology in MWS has been defined. METHODS: Through brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis, we delineated a neuroimaging phenotype in 54 MWS patients with a proven ZEB2 defect, compared it with the features identified in a thorough review of published cases, and evaluated genotype-phenotype correlations...
November 10, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814760/clinical-predictors-of-seizure-recurrence-after-the-first-post-ischemic-stroke-seizure
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Hyeon Jin Kim, Kee Duk Park, Kyoung-Gyu Choi, Hyang Woon Lee
BACKGROUND: The number of patients suffering post-stroke seizure after ischemic stroke (PSSi) is quite considerable, especially because ischemic stroke is more prevalent than hemorrhage in the general population. This study aimed to determine the predicting factors for seizure recurrence in ischemic stroke survivors and develop a clinical scoring system for the prediction of risks for seizure recurrence after the first PSSi. METHODS: We reviewed 3792 ischemic stroke patients from the Ewha Stroke Registry...
November 5, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806448/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-clinical-practice-state-of-the-art-and-science
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Christen D Barras, Hamed Asadi, Torsten Baldeweg, Laura Mancini, Tarek A Yousry, Sotirios Bisdas
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has become a mainstream neuroimaging modality in the assessment of patients being evaluated for brain tumour and epilepsy surgeries. Thus, it is important for doctors in primary care settings to be well acquainted with the present and potential future applications, as well as limitations, of this modality. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to introduce the theoretical principles and state-of-the-art clinical applications of fMRI in brain tumour and epilepsy surgery, with a focus on the implications for clinical primary care...
November 2016: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797796/glycine-receptor-antibody-associated-epilepsy-in-a-boy-aged-4%C3%A2-years
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Chinwe Ude, Gautam Ambegaonkar
Our patient was a previously normal boy who presented to his local hospital with an explosive onset of prolonged seizures and encephalopathy. He was treated for a presumed central nervous system infection and initial neuroimaging was normal. Despite treatment with antibiotics and antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), he remained encephalopathic and became ataxic over the next 48 hours, not related to medication. The seizures also proved resistant to treatment despite polytherapy with AEDs, and he required immune-modulatory treatment, intravenous methylprednisolone and intravenous immunoglobulin, in addition to the AEDs to achieve seizure control...
October 19, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770719/epilepsy-with-myoclonic-absences-electroclinical-characteristics-in-a-distinctive-pediatric-epilepsy-phenotype
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Paresh Zanzmera, Ramshekhar N Menon, Kalyani Karkare, Himanshu Soni, Sujit Jagtap, Ashalatha Radhakrishnan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article was to study the electroclinical characteristics and seizure outcome of children with epilepsy with myoclonic absences (EMA). METHOD: In this descriptive cohort study, we reviewed clinical records of patients who met the criteria for EMA. Each patient's demographic data, birth/developmental history, seizure semiology/pattern, antiepileptic drugs (AED), clinical examination, video-electroencephalography (VEEG), and neuroimaging data were reviewed...
October 19, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765519/the-new-approach-to-classification-of-focal-epilepsies-epileptic-discharge-and-disconnectivity-in-relation-to-cognition
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Vera Dinkelacker, Sophie Dupont, Séverine Samson
The new classification of epilepsy stratifies the disease into an acute level, based on seizures, and an overarching chronic level of epileptic syndromes (Berg et al., 2010). In this new approach, seizures are considered either to originate and evolve in unilateral networks or to rapidly encompass both hemispheres. This concept extends the former vision of focal and generalized epilepsies to a genuine pathology of underlying networks. These key aspects of the new classification can be linked to the concept of cognitive curtailing in focal epilepsy...
October 17, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763536/fluid-biomarkers-of-traumatic-brain-injury-and-intended-context-of-use
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Tanya Bogoslovsky, Jessica Gill, Andreas Jeromin, Cora Davis, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability around the world. The lack of validated biomarkers for TBI is a major impediment to developing effective therapies and improving clinical practice, as well as stimulating much work in this area. In this review, we focus on different settings of TBI management where blood or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers could be utilized for predicting clinically-relevant consequences and guiding management decisions. Requirements that the biomarker must fulfill differ based on the intended context of use (CoU)...
October 18, 2016: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762437/symptomatic-and-presumed-symptomatic-focal-epilepsies-in-childhood-an-observational-prospective-multicentre-study
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Marilena Vecchi, Carmen Barba, Debora De Carlo, Micol Stivala, Renzo Guerrini, Emilio Albamonte, Domiziana Ranalli, Domenica Battaglia, Giada Lunardi, Clementina Boniver, Benedetta Piccolo, Francesco Pisani, Gaetano Cantalupo, Giuliana Nieddu, Susanna Casellato, Silvia Cappanera, Elisabetta Cesaroni, Nelia Zamponi, Domenico Serino, Lucia Fusco, Alessandro Iodice, Filippo Palestra, Lucio Giordano, Elena Freri, Ilaria De Giorgi, Francesca Ragona, Tiziana Granata, Isabella Fiocchi, Stefania Maria Bova, Massimo Mastrangelo, Alberto Verrotti, Sara Matricardi, Elena Fontana, Davide Caputo, Francesca Darra, Bernardo Dalla Bernardina, Francesca Beccaria, Giuseppe Capovilla, Maria Pia Baglietto, Alessandra Gagliardi, Aglaia Vignoli, Maria Paola Canevini, Egle Perissinotto, Stefano Francione
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical, neuropsychological, and psychopathologic features of a cohort of children with a new diagnosis of symptomatic or presumed symptomatic focal epilepsy at time of recruitment and through the first month. The selected population will be followed for 2-5 years after enrollment to investigate the epilepsy course and identify early predictors of drug resistance. METHODS: In this observational, multicenter, nationwide study, children (age 1 month-12...
November 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747153/structural-brain-abnormalities-in-a-single-gene-disorder-associated-with-epilepsy-language-impairment-and-intellectual-disability
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Joe Bathelt, Duncan Astle, Jessica Barnes, F Lucy Raymond, Kate Baker
Childhood speech and language deficits are highly prevalent and are a common feature of neurodevelopmental disorders. However, it is difficult to investigate the underlying causal pathways because many diagnostic groups have a heterogeneous aetiology. Studying disorders with a shared genetic cause and shared cognitive deficits can provide crucial insight into the cellular mechanisms and neural systems that give rise to those impairments. The current study investigated structural brain differences of individuals with mutations in ZDHHC9, which is associated with a specific neurodevelopmental phenotype including prominent speech and language impairments and intellectual disability...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745763/the-first-time-seizure-emergency-department-electroencephalogram-study
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Andrew J Wyman, Bruce N Mayes, Jackeline Hernandez-Nino, Nigel Rozario, Sandra K Beverly, Andrew W Asimos
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Seizures account for 1.2% of all emergency department (ED) visits, with 24% of those representing first-time seizures. Our primary goal is to determine whether obtaining an electroencephalogram (EEG) in the ED after a first-time seizure can identify individuals appropriate for initiation of anticonvulsant therapy on ED discharge. Our secondary goals are to determine the association of historical and clinical seizure features with epileptic EEGs and to determine the interobserver agreement for the EEG interpretation...
October 10, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740984/imaging-for-adults-with-seizures-and-epilepsy
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Samuel Lapalme-Remis, Gregory D Cascino
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article discusses structural and functional neuroimaging findings in patients with seizures and epilepsy. The indications for neuroimaging in these patients and the potential diagnostic utility of these studies are presented. RECENT FINDINGS: Patients presenting with new seizures typically require urgent imaging to rule out a critical underlying cause. MRI is the structural neuroimaging procedure of choice in individuals with epilepsy. Specific epilepsy protocols should be considered to increase the diagnostic yield of neuroimaging in patients with structural lesions associated with focal or generalized seizures...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725948/correlation-between-volumetric-oxygenation-responses-and-electrophysiology-identifies-deep-thalamocortical-activity-during-epileptic-seizures
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Sven Gottschalk, Thomas Felix Fehm, Xose Luís Deán-Ben, Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Daniel Razansky
Visualization of whole brain activity during epileptic seizures is essential for both fundamental research into the disease mechanisms and the development of efficient treatment strategies. It has been previously discussed that pathological synchronization originating from cortical areas may reinforce backpropagating signaling from the thalamic neurons, leading to massive seizures through enhancement of high frequency neural activity in the thalamocortical loop. However, the study of deep brain neural activity is challenging with the existing functional neuroimaging methods due to lack of adequate spatiotemporal resolution or otherwise insufficient penetration into subcortical areas...
January 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723496/ictal-verbal-help-seeking-occurrence-and-the-underlying-etiology
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Ali A Asadi-Pooya, Marjan Asadollahi, Krzysztof Bujarski, Amin H Rabiei, Narsis Aminian, Dale Wyeth, Michael R Sperling
PURPOSE: Ictal verbal help-seeking has never been systematically studied before. In this study, we evaluated a series of patients with ictal verbal help-seeking to characterize its frequency and underlying etiology. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all the long-term video-EEG reports from Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center over a 12-year period (2004-2015) for the occurrence of the term "help" in the text body. All the extracted reports were reviewed and patients with at least one episode of documented ictal verbal help-seeking in epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) were studied...
October 7, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694013/elevated-serum-mir-106b-and-mir-146a-in-patients-with-focal-and-generalized-epilepsy
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Ning An, Wei Zhao, Yancui Liu, Xiaofan Yang, Pei Chen
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurring seizures. Although scalp electroencephalograms (EEG) and neuroimaging have been used in clinical diagnosis of epilepsy, the more economical, rapid and non-invasive biomarker is still desirable, contributing to the accurate clinical diagnosis and facilitating the appropriate treatment. METHODS: The expression of four epilepsy-associated miRNAs (miR-106b, miR-146a, miR-194-5p and miR-301a) was measured by quantitative RT-PCR in the serum of 90 epilepsy patients and control populations...
September 26, 2016: Epilepsy Research
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