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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920535/prevalence-of-alcohol-use-disorders-and-associated-factors-among-people-with-epilepsy-attending-amanuel-mental-specialized-hospital-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Tsegereda Waja, Jemal Ebrahim, Zegeye Yohannis, Asres Bedaso
INTRODUCTION: Alcohol use disorders represent one of the leading causes of preventable death, illness, and injury in many societies throughout the world. Heavy alcohol consumption has multiple negative consequences for people with epilepsy such as precipitation of seizure, exacerbation of seizure, poor seizure control, increased side effects of antiepileptic drugs, noncompliance to antiepileptic drugs, alcohol withdrawal seizures, long-term hospital admission, status epilepticus, sudden unexpected death, and premature mortality...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920283/what-can-we-do-for-people-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy-the-2016-wartenberg-lecture
#2
Jerome Engel
Treatment goals for epilepsy are no seizures, no side effects, as soon as possible, but these goals are too often unmet. Approximately 1 million people in the United States continue to have seizures despite adequate treatment with antiseizure drugs, representing 40% of those with epilepsy, and 80% of the cost of epilepsy. Drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE) can be associated with developmental delay in infants and young children, and severe disability and morbidity in older children and adults, as well as a mortality rate 5-10 times that of the general population...
December 6, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920126/postnatal-activation-of-tlr4-in-astrocytes-promotes-excitatory-synaptogenesis-in-hippocampal-neurons
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Yi Shen, Huaping Qin, Juan Chen, Lingyan Mou, Yang He, Yixiu Yan, Hang Zhou, Ya Lv, Zhong Chen, Junlu Wang, Yu-Dong Zhou
Astrocytes are critical in synapse development, and their dysfunction in crucial developmental stages leads to serious neurodevelopmental diseases, including seizures and epilepsy. Immune challenges not only affect brain development, but also promote seizure generation and epileptogenesis, implying immune activation is one of the key factors linking seizures and epilepsy to abnormal brain development. In this study, we report that activating astrocytes by systemic lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenges in the second postnatal week promotes excitatory synapse development, leading to enhanced seizure susceptibility in mice...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919842/propagation-of-seizures-in-a-case-of-lesional-mid-cingulate-gyrus-epilepsy-studied-by-stereo-eeg
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Rafeed Alkawadri, Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, Nicolas Gaspard, Andreas V Alexopoulos
Little is known about the propagation of seizures arising from the cingulate gyrus, as cingulate coverage with interhemispheric subdural electrodes is usually challenging and incomplete due to inherent anatomical and vascular limitations. We present a case of lesional mid-cingulate epilepsy confirmed by stereotactically implanted intracranial depth electrodes and subsequent surgical resection. Hypermotor symptomatology was seen during the first seven seconds of seizure onset while the seizure was still confined to the mid-cingulate gyrus contacts...
December 5, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919590/rebuttal-to-the-manuscript-by-r-j-porter-epires-d-16-00150
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D G A Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenité
Development of new effective medicines for patients, who continue to have seizures or experience unwanted side-effects, is an important goal. The human "Photosensitivity Model", a POC study, helps to achieve this goal by providing accurate PharmacoKinetic / PharmcoDynamic (PK/PD) data in epilepsy patients at a very early stage and in a highly controlled, standardized and safe setting (in- hospital video-EEG photic stimulation tests and single-dose AED administration). All information referred to in this rebuttal is based on evidence and not on personal communication...
November 27, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919294/heantos-4-a-natural-plant-extract-used-in-the-treatment-of-drug-addiction-modulates-t-type-calcium-channels-and-thalamocortical-burst-firing
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Stuart M Cain, Soyon Ahn, Esperanza Garcia, Yiming Zhang, Zeina Waheed, John R Tyson, Yi Yang, Tran Van Sung, Anthony G Phillips, Terrance P Snutch
Heantos-4 is a refined combination of plant extracts currently approved to treat opiate addiction in Vietnam. In addition to its beneficial effects on withdrawal and prevention of relapse, reports of sedation during clinical treatment suggest that arousal networks in the brain may be recruited during Heantos administration. T-type calcium channels are implicated in the generation of sleep rhythms and in this study we examined whether a Heantos-4 extraction modulates T-type calcium channel currents generated by the Cav3...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919115/febrile-infection-related-epilepsy-syndrome-clinical-review-and-hypotheses-of-epileptogenesis
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Andreas van Baalen, Annamaria Vezzani, Martin Häusler, Gerhard Kluger
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES, AERRPS, or DESC) is one of the most severe, mostly irreversible, and presumably immune-mediated epileptic encephalopathies affecting healthy children. Refractory status epilepticus or a cluster of seizures start a few days after the onset of an acute febrile illness; however, encephalitis cannot be proved. Sequelae of FIRES are drug-resistant epilepsy and neuropsychological impairments occurring without latency. Clinical knowledge is limited because FIRES is sporadic and extremely rare...
December 5, 2016: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918961/the-promise-of-subtraction-ictal-spect-co-registered-to-mri-for-improved-seizure-localization-in-pediatric-epilepsies-affecting-factors-and-relationship-to-the-surgical-outcome
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Catherine Stamoulis, Nishant Verma, Himanshu Kaulas, Jonathan J Halford, Frank H Duffy, Phillip L Pearl, S Ted Treves
OBJECTIVE: Ictal SPECT is promising for accurate non-invasive localization of the epileptogenic brain tissue in focal epilepsies. However, high quality ictal scans require meticulous attention to the seizure onset. In a relatively large cohort of pediatric patients, this study investigated the impact of the timing of radiotracer injection, MRI findings and seizure characteristics on ictal SPECT localizations, and the relationship between concordance of ictal SPECT, scalp EEG and resected area with seizure freedom following epilepsy surgery...
November 30, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918346/electrical-stimulation-for-seizure-induction-and-functional-mapping-in-stereoelectroencephalography
#9
Agnès Trébuchon, Patrick Chauvel
The challenge in epilepsy surgery is to remove the epileptogenic zone without compromising postoperative function. Electrical stimulation (ES) was developed to identify with greater anatomical and physiological precision cortical structures essential to language and motor function. Because the language network is widely distributed in the left (dominant) hemisphere, and often varies among patients, brain mapping should delineate eloquent areas at the individual level. Although ES for language is commonly performed during a presurgical investigation, the procedure remains nonstandardized among centers, and differences between grids and intracerebral depth electrodes (stereoelectroencephalography) should be taken into account when comparing results from different series...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917853/treatment-of-posttraumatic-epilepsy-with-new-generation-antiepileptic-drugs-aeds-our-experience
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Lidija Šapina, Marija Ratković
Aim To investigate influence of therapy with new generation antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in fastening of posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) remission comparing to therapy with standard AEDs, as well as the time to remission in the presence of psychiatric comorbidities. Methods The study was conducted during the 1988-2008 period and included 113 patients (47 females and 67 males) with PTE and 113 patients (93 females and 20 males) suffering from complex partial seizures (CPS) of temporal lobe origin. In both patient groups, epileptic seizure phenotype, brain magnetic resonance imaging (1...
February 1, 2017: Medicinski Glasnik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917314/pentylenetetrazole-induced-seizures-in-developing-rats-prenatally-exposed-to-valproic-acid
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Angel A Puig-Lagunes, Jorge Manzo, Luis Beltrán-Parrazal, Consuelo Morgado-Valle, Rebeca Toledo-Cárdenas, Maria-Leonor López-Meraz
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological evidence indicates epilepsy is more common in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (20-25%) than in the general population. The aim of this project was to analyze seizure susceptibility in developing rats prenatally exposed to valproic acid (VPA) as autism model. METHODS: Pregnant females were injected with VPA during the twelfth embryonic day. Seizures were induced in fourteen-days-old rat pups using two models of convulsions: pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) and lithium-pilocarpine (Li-Pilo)...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916757/-efficacy-and-safety-of-levetiracetam-as-an-add-on-therapy-for-symptomatic-refractory-epilepsy-treated-in-a-department-of-neurosurgery
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Keiko Suzuki, Tomoyuki Kawataki, Hiroki Sato, Masakazu Ogiwara, Hiroyuki Kinouchi
The number of patients who suffer from symptomatic partial epilepsy is significant, and those who undergo neurosurgery often experience refractory seizures. Levetiracetam (LEV) is a new-generation anti epileptic drug (AED). Previous studies have shown that LEV has favorable efficacy and a good safety profile with few drug interactions, as it has a unique pharmacological mechanism and acts on synaptic vesicle protein. This study aimed at estimate the efficacy and safety of 1,000 to 2,000 mg/day of LEV as an add-on therapy for refractory symptomatic seizures treated in the department of neurosurgery of our hospital...
December 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916450/dramatic-response-after-functional-hemispherectomy-in-a-patient-with-epileptic-encephalopathy-carrying-a-de-novo-col4a1-mutation
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Naomi Hino-Fukuyo, Atsuo Kikuchi, Masaki Iwasaki, Yuko Sato, Yuki Kubota, Tomoko Kobayashi, Tojo Nakayama, Kazuhiro Haginoya, Natsuko Arai-Ichinoi, Tetsuya Niihori, Ryo Sato, Tasuku Suzuki, Hiroki Kudo, Ryo Funayama, Keiko Nakayama, Yoko Aoki, Shigeo Kure
We describe the first case of a successful functional hemispherectomy in a patient with epileptic encephalopathy and a de novo collagen type IV alpha 1 (COL4A1) mutation. A 4-year-old girl was COL4A1 mutation-positive and suffered from drug-resistant epilepsy, hemiplegia, and developmental delay. Magnetic resonance imaging detected no porencephaly, and she had no cataract or renal abnormality. Following a presurgical evaluation for epilepsy, she underwent a functional hemispherectomy. She has been seizure free with no intracranial hemorrhage or other perioperative complications...
December 1, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915489/drug-resistant-epilepsy-in-children-with-partial-onset-epilepsy-treated-with-carbamazepine
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Gewalin Aungaroon, Katherine D Holland, Paul S Horn, Shannon M Standridge, Christina Mackell Imming
: Drug-resistant epilepsy in children with partial onset epilepsy treated with carbamazepine Objective: To evaluate the outcome, including drug-resistant epilepsy in children with newly diagnosed partial onset epilepsy treated with carbamazepine (CBZ). METHODS: A retrospective medical records review and telephone questionnaire was undertaken on a total of 100 subjects. RESULTS: Long-term follow up was obtained on 79 children with a mean duration of 7...
December 4, 2016: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915186/role-of-the-purinergic-signaling-in-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Marek Cieślak, Andrzej Wojtczak, Michał Komoszyński
Adenine nucleotides and adenosine are signaling molecules that activate purinergic receptors P1 and P2. Activation of A1 adenosine receptors has an anticonvulsant action, whereas activation of A2A receptors might initiate seizures. Therefore, a significant limitation to the use of A1 receptor agonists as drugs in the CNS might be their peripheral side effects. The anti-epileptic activity of adenosine is related to its increased concentration outside the cell. This increase might result from the inhibition of the equilibrative nucleoside transporters (ENTs)...
September 22, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915111/clinical-outcomes-of-perampanel-vs-lacosamide-in-cohorts-of-consecutive-patients-with-severely-refractory-epilepsies-a-monocentric-retrospective-analysis-of-systematically-collected-data-from-the-german-kork-epilepsy-center
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Christoph Kurth, Edgar Kockelmann, Bernhard J Steinhoff
PURPOSE: Perampanel (PER) and lacosamide (LCM) are antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) approved for the adjunctive treatment of partial-onset seizures. At the time of market entry, information on clinical effectiveness of new AEDs is limited to results from pivotal trials, real-life or comparative data are missing. This analysis of data collected retrospectively in a German epilepsy center used unified evaluation criteria, and describes treatment outcomes with LCM and PER at 6 months. METHODS: Results of the first 70 consecutive patients who had received LCM or PER after their market entries in Germany were compared...
November 23, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914889/ventricular-tachycardia-and-prolonged-qt-interval-presenting-as-seizure-like-activity-a-case-report
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Max Wentlandt, Stephen C Morris, Steven H Mitchell
Seizures can be difficult to distinguish from other causes of transient cerebral hypoxia in the emergency room. We present a case of seizure activity in a woman in whom EKG led to a diagnosis of intermittent monomorphic and polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (torsades de pointes), highlighting the need for careful consideration of alternative causes of seizures, even in patients with known epilepsy.
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914225/cortical-stimulation-parameters-for-functional-mapping
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Jacquelyn A Corley, Pouya Nazari, Vincent J Rossi, Nora C Kim, Louis F Fogg, Thomas J Hoeppner, Travis R Stoub, Richard W Byrne
PURPOSE: There is significant variation in how patients respond to cortical electrical stimulation. It has been hypothesized that individual demographic and pathologic factors, such as age, sex, disease duration, and MRI findings, may explain this discrepancy. The purpose of our study is to identify specific patient characteristics and their effect on cortical stimulation, and discover the extent of variation in behavioral responses that exists among patients with epilepsy. METHOD: We retrospectively analyzed data from 92 patients with medically intractable epilepsy who had extra-operative cortical electrical stimulation...
November 23, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914224/a-systematic-review-of-epileptic-seizures-in-adults-with-subdural-haematomas
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REVIEW
Sae-Yeon Won, Juergen Konczalla, Daniel Dubinski, Adriano Cattani, Colleen Cuca, Volker Seifert, Felix Rosenow, Adam Strzelczyk, Thomas M Freiman
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic epileptic seizures (PTS) are a serious complication in patients with subdural haematoma (SDH). However, to date, several studies have shown discordances about SDH-associated seizures in terms of incidence, risk factors and prophylactic antiepileptic treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyse the incidence, risk factors of PTS and the role of prophylactic antiepileptic treatment in patients with SDH. DATA SOURCES: A systematic literature review examining PTS in patients with SDH was performed using PubMed gateway, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Excerpta Medica dataBASE between September 1961 and February 2016...
November 25, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913320/the-concept-of-effective-inflow-application-to-interictal-localization-of-the-epileptogenic-focus-from-ieeg
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Ioannis Vlachos, Balu Krishnan, David Treiman, Konstantinos Tsakalis, Dimitris Kugiumtzis, Leon Iassemidis
GOAL: Accurate determination of the epileptogenic focus is of paramount diagnostic and therapeutic importance in epilepsy. The current gold standard for focus localization is from ictal (seizure) onset and thus requires the occurrence and recording of multiple typical seizures of a patient. Localization of the focus from seizure-free (interictal) periods remains a challenging problem, especially in the absence of interictal epileptiform activity. METHODS: By exploring the concept of effective inflow, we developed a focus localization algorithm (FLA) based on directed connectivity between brain sites...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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