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Nonconvulsive seizure

Santoshi Billakota, Saurabh R Sinha
INTRODUCTION: Continuous EEG (cEEG) monitoring is used in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting to detect seizures, especially nonconvulsive seizures and status epilepticus. The utility and impact of such monitoring in non-ICU patients are largely unknown. METHODS: Hospitalized patients who were not in an ICU and underwent cEEG monitoring in the first half of 2011 and 2014 were identified. Reason for admission, admitting service (neurologic and nonneurologic), indication for cEEG, comorbid conditions, duration of recording, EEG findings, whether an event/seizure was recorded, and impact of EEG findings on management were reviewed...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Sebastian Pollandt, Bichun Ouyang, Thomas P Bleck, Katharina M Busl
PURPOSE: Subdural hematomas (SDH) are associated with seizures and epileptiform discharges, but little is known about the prevalence and impact of seizures, status epilepticus and epileptiform discharges on outcomes in patients with isolated acute SDH (aSDH). METHODS: Continuous EEG reports from 76 adult patients admitted to Rush University Medical Center with aSDH between 01/2009 and 03/2012 were reviewed. Clinical and radiographic findings, comorbidities, treatment, and outcome parameters mortality, discharge destination, need for tracheostomy/percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) placement and length of stay (LOS) were assessed...
June 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Luiz Fernando Almeida Silva, Tobias Engel, Cristina R Reschke, Ronan M Conroy, Elena Langa, David C Henshall
Animal models of status epilepticus are important tools to understand the pathogenesis of epileptic brain injury and evaluate potential seizure-suppressive, neuroprotective, and antiepileptogenic treatments. Focal elicitation of status epilepticus by intraamygdala kainic acid in mice produces unilateral hippocampal damage and the emergence of spontaneous recurrent seizures after a short latent period. The model has been characterized in C57BL/6, BALB/c, and SJL mice where strain-specific differences were found in the extent of hippocampal damage...
October 13, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Emel Oğuz-Akarsu, Zeynep Aydin-Özemir, Nerses Bebek, Candan Gürses, Ayşen Gökyiğit, Betül Baykan
Status epilepticus (SE) is rarely described in patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), and little is known about its frequency, subtypes, and predictors and the prognosis of these patients. In this retrospective study, we aimed to analyze the incidence of SE in patients with JME and emphasize the risk factors and long-term outcome of SE in an epilepsy outpatient-based cohort. We included patients with JME with a history of predominant myoclonic seizures and at least one diagnostic EEG with normal background activity and bursts of typical ≥3-Hz generalized spike-polyspike and waves...
October 10, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Jacques Theitler, Daniella Dassa, Revital Gandelman-Marton
BACKGROUND: The electroencephalogram (EEG) can support the diagnosis of epilepsy, diagnose nonconvulsive status epilepticus, and aid in the classification of epileptic seizures. Its contribution to the diagnosis of other medical conditions or to decision making in other clinical situations was not established. Practically, EEG labs frequently encounter EEG referrals that are not based on current recommendations. OBJECTIVES: To assess the value of inpatient EEG in medical decision making...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
M L Mamalyga, L M Mamalyga
Circadian peculiarities of HR regulation and functional capacities of the heart in WAG/Rij rats with genetically determined absence epilepsy are related to spike-wave activity of the brain. The number of spike-wave discharges (SWD) is maximum at night, early morning, and evening time and decreases to minimum at 08.00-16.00. At night, functional capacities of the heart are reduced and stress test at night induces ischemic changes in the myocardium at a lower functional load than in the daytime (low level of SWD activity)...
September 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Emily Johnson, Yousef Hannawi, Nirma Carballido Martinez, Eva K Ritzl
Cefepime has been associated with encephalopathy and with nonconvulsive seizure activity, primarily in patients with renal impairment. Here, we report a case of cefepime-associated encephalopathy in a patient with normal renal function with stimulus-induced rhythmic activity seen on electroencephalogram, which resolved on discontinuation of cefepime. We bring this to the attention of the neurohospitalist community, as cefepime is widely used in the hospital setting, and cefepime-related neurotoxicity may go overlooked, especially in patients with normal renal function...
October 2016: Neurohospitalist
Lindsay-Rae Weitzel, Dayalan Sampath, Kaori Shimizu, Andrew M White, Paco S Herson, Yogendra H Raol
AIMS: Cardiac arrest (CA) is a major cause of mortality and survivors often develop neurologic deficits. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of CA and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in mice on the EEG and neurologic outcomes, and identify biomarkers that can prognosticate poor outcomes. MAIN METHODS: Video-EEG records were obtained at various periods following CA-CPR and examined manually to determine the presence of spikes and sharp-waves, and seizures...
September 15, 2016: Life Sciences
Lara L Zimmermann, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Paul M Vespa
Posttraumatic seizures are a common complication of traumatic brain injury. Posttraumatic epilepsy accounts for 20% of symptomatic epilepsy in the general population and 5% of all epilepsy. Early posttraumatic seizures occur in more than 20% of patients in the intensive care unit and are associated with secondary brain injury and worse patient outcomes. Most posttraumatic seizures are nonconvulsive and therefore continuous electroencephalography monitoring should be the standard of care for patients with moderate or severe brain injury...
October 2016: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
Qian-Quan Sun, Chen Zhou, Weiguo Yang, Daniel Petrus
OBJECTIVE: To examine if mice with focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) develop spontaneous epileptic seizures and, if so, determine the key electroencephalography (EEG) features. METHODS: Unilateral single freeze lesions to the S1 region (SFLS1R) were made in postnatal day 0-1 pups to induce a neocortical microgyrus in the right cortical hemisphere. Continuous 24-h recordings with intracranial EEG electrodes and behavioral tests were performed in adult SFLS1R and sham-control mice to assess neurologic status...
October 2016: Epilepsia
Rajeev Kumar Verma, Eugenio Abela, Kaspar Schindler, Heinz Krestel, Elisabeth Springer, Adrian Huber, Christian Weisstanner, Martinus Hauf, Jan Gralla, Roland Wiest
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate variant patterns of cortical venous oxygenation during status epilepticus (SE) using susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI). METHODS: We analyzed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 26 patients with clinically witnessed prolonged seizures and/or EEG-confirmed SE. All MRI exams encompassed SWI, dynamic susceptibility contrast perfusion MRI (MRI-DSC) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). We aimed to identify distinct patterns of SWI signal alterations that revealed regional or global increases of cerebral blood flow (CBF) and DWI restrictions...
2016: PloS One
D A Aver'yanov, A A Lukash, M Yu Prokudin, Ia B Skiba, B Shchegolev
In some cases after elective neurosurgical procedures we use technique of delayed awakening of patients. Prolonged sedation however can hide the development of epileptic seizures and lead to the status epilepticus formation. This article is a demonstration and discussion of a clinical case of nonconvulsive status epilepticus during delayed awakening of the patient due to prolonged sedation after elective neurosurgical interventionsforsupratentorial brain tumor Presented case suggests the presence of significant risk of nonconvulsive status epilepticus during prolonged sedation...
March 2016: Anesteziologiia i Reanimatologiia
J U Máñez Miró, F J Díaz de Terán, P Alonso Singer, M J Aguilar-Amat Prior
INTRODUCTION: We aim to describe the use of emergency electroencephalogram (EmEEG) by the on-call neurologist when nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) is suspected, and in other indications, in a tertiary hospital. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Observational retrospective cohort study of emergency EEG (EmEEG) recordings with 8-channel systems performed and analysed by the on-call neurologist in the emergency department and in-hospital wards between July 2013 and May 2015...
July 19, 2016: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Yen-Ping Chen, Hsiu-Fen Lee, Tai-Tong Wong
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to describe epileptic seizures in patients with primary intracranial sarcomas. METHODS: We report a 17-year-old girl diagnosed with primary high-grade intracranial sarcoma with initial clinical manifestation of nonconvulsive status epilepticus. Literature reports between 2000 and 2014, relevant to primary intracranial sarcomas in children, were reviewed. The clinical presentations and neurological outcomes were analyzed. RESULTS: Eleven of 29cases (38 %), 8 males and 3 females, who exhibited epileptic seizures as one of the initial symptoms and diagnosed with primary intracranial sarcomas were collected...
September 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Ibrahim Bora, Aylin Bican Demir, Pinar Uzun
Cephalosporins, particularly cefepime, exert neurotoxic side effects that can lead to status epilepticus. These neurotoxic side effects include myoclonus, dystonic movements, tremor, asterixis, seizure, status epilepticus, encephalopathy, and sometimes coma. Status epilepticus, particularly nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE), is a well-known but unusual complication in patients with altered renal function who were receiving treatment with intravenous cephalosporins, especially cefepime. We reviewed the clinical and electroencephalographic (EEG) characteristics of 7 patients with renal failure who developed consciousness alterations with changes in EEG activity while being treated with cephalosporins...
2016: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
Benjamin Tolchin, Tadeau Fantaneanu, Michael Miller, Jeffrey Helgager, Jong Woo Lee
This report discusses a case of nonconvulsive status epilepticus, caused by cerebral amyloid angiopathy-related inflammation. Brain biopsy demonstrated cerebral amyloid angiopathy, with clinical and radiographic features indicative of a fluctuating inflammatory process. Immunomodulatory treatment with pulse steroids resulted in rapid and dramatic clinical and radiographic improvement. Cerebral amyloid angiopathy-related inflammation should be considered in the differential diagnosis of new-onset seizures after the age of 40, when associated with fluctuating multifocal T2 hyperintensities and petechial hemorrhages on gradient echo (GRE) or susceptibility-weighted (SWI) MRI sequences...
2016: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
Tae-Kyoung Kim, Eui Sung Jung, Jong-Moo Park, Kyusik Kang, Woong-Woo Lee, Jung-Ju Lee
Subacute encephalopathy with seizures in chronic alcoholism syndrome is a rare clinical manifestation in patients with chronic alcohol abuse. We report the case of a patient with chronic alcoholism who presented with partial nonconvulsive status epilepticus associated with a thalamic lesion.
June 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
Diana Cogan, Javad Birjandtalab, Mehrdad Nourani, Jay Harvey, Venkatesh Nagaraddi
Persons who suffer from intractable seizures are safer if attended when seizures strike. Consequently, there is a need for wearable devices capable of detecting both convulsive and nonconvulsive seizures in everyday life. We have developed a three-stage seizure detection methodology based on 339 h of data (26 seizures) collected from 10 patients in an epilepsy monitoring unit. Our intent is to develop a wearable system that will detect seizures, alert a caregiver and record the time of seizure in an electronic diary for the patient's physician...
April 7, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
Pieternel Vanherpe, Maarten Schrooten
For the diagnosis of electrographic seizures or status epilepticus, we reduced the number of EEG-electrodes to make urgent EEG monitoring more feasible. Unlike the current existing research, with mixed results, we studied a specific population with postanoxic brain damage, expecting a higher yield of detection of ictal EEG patterns. In a population treated with therapeutic hypothermia post-cardiac arrest, the initial EEGs were reformatted in a longitudinal, a hairline and an 8-lead montage, and independently reviewed by two investigators...
July 1, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Anupam Hazra, Brian F Corbett, Jason C You, Suzan Aschmies, Lijuan Zhao, Ke Li, Angelo C Lepore, Eric D Marsh, Jeannie Chin
Alzheimer's disease is associated with cognitive decline and seizures. Growing evidence indicates that seizures contribute to cognitive deficits early in disease, but how they develop and impact cognition are unclear. To investigate potential mechanisms, we studied a mouse model that overexpresses mutant human amyloid precursor protein with high levels of amyloid beta (Aβ). These mice develop generalized epileptiform activity, including nonconvulsive seizures, consistent with alterations in corticothalamic network activity...
August 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
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