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Neuroimaging and epilepsy

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
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
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...
October 20, 2016: Epilepsia
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
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
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
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
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
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
Catarina Maia, Ana Raquel Moreira, Tânia Lopes, Cecília Martins
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the first episode of unprovoked epileptic seizure in children and assess recurrence risk factors. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study, based on the analysis of medical records of patients admitted between 2003 and 2014, with first epileptic seizure, at the pediatric service of a secondary hospital. The data were analyzed using the SPSS 20.0 program. RESULTS: Of the 103 patients, 52...
October 7, 2016: Jornal de Pediatria
Ha Neul Lee, Soyong Eom, Se Hoon Kim, Hoon-Chul Kang, Joon Soo Lee, Heung Dong Kim, Young-Mock Lee
BACKGROUND: Epileptic seizures in patients with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) are heterogeneous with no pathognomonic features. We reviewed epilepsy characteristics and clinical outcome exclusively in a pediatric population. METHODS: Twenty-two children and adolescents (13 males) with confirmed mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes due to mitochondrial DNA A3243G mutation and epilepsy were recruited...
August 26, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Alexander Bryson, Helen Gardner, Ian Wilson, Tim Rolfe, John Archer
Maintenance electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is sometimes prescribed for refractory psychiatric conditions. We describe five patients who received maintenance ECT and developed florid temporal epileptiform abnormalities on electroencephalography (EEG) despite no history of epilepsy and normal neuroimaging. All patients had received regular ECT for at least 8 months. Three patients had clinical events consistent with epileptic seizures, and video-EEG monitoring captured electrographic seizures in two patients...
September 26, 2016: Epilepsia
Melanie A McNally, Julia Johnson, Thierry A Huisman, Andrea Poretti, Kristin W Baranano, Ahmet A Baschat, Carl E Stafstrom
BACKGROUND: SCN8A mutations are rare and cause a phenotypically heterogeneous early onset epilepsy known as early infantile epileptic encephalopathy type 13 (EIEE13, OMIM #614558). There are currently no clear genotype-phenotype correlations to help guide patient counseling and management. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: We describe a patient with EIEE13 (de novo heterozygous pathogenic mutation in SCN8A - p.Ile240Val (ATT>GTT)) who presented prenatally with maternally reported intermittent, rhythmic movements that, when observed on ultrasound, were concerning for fetal seizures...
August 16, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
R T Ibitoye, S A Renowden, H J Faulkner, N J Scolding, C M Rice
Ovarioleukodystrophy-the co-occurrence of leukodystrophy and premature ovarian failure-is a rare presentation now recognised to be part of the clinical spectrum of vanishing white matter disease. We describe a woman with epilepsy and neuroimaging changes consistent with leukoencephalopathy who presented with non-convulsive status epilepticus after starting hormone replacement therapy in the context of premature ovarian failure. Genetic testing confirmed her to be a compound heterozygote for EIF2B5 mutations; the gene encodes a subunit of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2B...
September 20, 2016: Practical Neurology
Hancan Zhu, Hewei Cheng, Xuesong Yang, Yong Fan
Automatic and reliable segmentation of hippocampus from MR brain images is of great importance in studies of neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. In this paper, we proposed a novel metric learning method to fuse segmentation labels in multi-atlas based image segmentation. Different from current label fusion methods that typically adopt a predefined distance metric model to compute a similarity measure between image patches of atlas images and the image to be segmented, we learn a distance metric model from the atlases to keep image patches of the same structure close to each other while those of different structures are separated...
September 16, 2016: Neuroinformatics
S Boronat, M Vicente, E Lainez, A Sánchez-Montañez, E Vázquez, L Mangado, L Martínez-Ribot, M Del Campo
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) cause neurodevelopmental abnormalities. However, publications about epilepsy and electroencephalographic features are scarce. In this study, we prospectively performed electroencephalography (EEG) and brain magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in 61 patients with diagnosis of FASD. One patient had multiple febrile seizures with normal EEGs. Fourteen children showed EEG anomalies, including slow background activity and interictal epileptiform discharges, focal and/or generalized, and 3 of them had epilepsy...
September 13, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Costanza Lamperti, Massimo Zeviani
Mitochondrial disorders is a group of clinical entities associated with abnormalities of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC), which carries out the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) of ADP into ATP. As the MRC is the result of genetic complementation between two separate genomes, nuclear and mitochondrial, OXPHOS failure can derive from mutations in either nuclear-encoded, or mitochondrial-encoded, genes. Epilepsy is a relatively common feature of mitochondrial disease, especially in early-onset encephalopathies of infants and children...
September 1, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
Bo Jin, Shan Wang, Linglin Yang, Chunhong Shen, Yao Ding, Yi Guo, Zhongjin Wang, Junming Zhu, Shuang Wang, Meiping Ding
OBJECTIVE: This study first aimed to establish the prevalence and predictors of subclinical seizures in patients with epilepsy undergoing video electroencephalographic monitoring, then to evaluate the relationship of sleep/wake and circadian pattern with subclinical seizures. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 742 consecutive patients admitted to our epilepsy center between July 2012 and October 2014. Demographic, electro-clinical data and neuroimage were collected...
August 28, 2016: International Journal of Neuroscience
Tugba Hirfanoglu, Ayse Serdaroglu, Gokhan Kurt, Atilla Erdem, Irem Capraz, Erhan Bilir, Ozge Vural, Murat Ucar, Ali Yusuf Oner, Baran Onal, Ozgur Akdemir, Ozlem Atay, Ebru Arhan, Kursad Aydin
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the efficacy of resective surgery in children with focal lesional epilepsy by evaluating the predictive value of pre- and postsurgical factors in terms of seizure freedom. METHODS: This study included 61 children aged between 2 and 18years who were admitted to the pediatric video-EEG unit for presurgical workup. Each patient was evaluated with a detailed history, video-EEG, neuroimaging, and postsurgical outcomes according to Engel classification to predict postsurgical seizure freedom...
October 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Dario J Englot, Peter E Konrad, Victoria L Morgan
Epilepsy is among the most common brain network disorders, and it is associated with substantial morbidity and increased mortality. Although focal epilepsy was traditionally considered a regional brain disorder, growing evidence has demonstrated widespread network alterations in this disorder that extend beyond the epileptogenic zone from which seizures originate. The goal of this review is to summarize recent investigations examining functional and structural connectivity alterations in focal epilepsy, including neuroimaging and electrophysiologic studies utilizing model-based or data-driven analytic methods...
October 2016: Epilepsia
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