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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522734/voluntary-control-of-epileptiform-spike-wave-discharges-in-awake-rats
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Jeremy A Taylor, Krista M Rodgers, Florencia M Bercum, Carmen J Booth, F Edward Dudek, Daniel S Barth
Genetically inherited absence epilepsy in humans is typically characterized by brief (seconds) spontaneous seizures, which involve spike-wave discharges (SWDs) in the EEG and interruption of consciousness and ongoing behavior. Genetic (inbred) models of this disorder in rats have been used to examine mechanisms, comorbidities and anti-absence drugs. SWDs have also been proposed as models of complex partial seizures (CPSs) following traumatic brain injury (post-traumatic epilepsy; PTE). However, the ictal characteristics of these rat models, including SWDs and associated immobility, are also prevalent in healthy outbred laboratory rats...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515545/traumatic-brain-injury-and-neuropsychiatric-complications
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REVIEW
Saeed Ahmed, Hema Venigalla, Hema Madhuri Mekala, Sara Dar, Mudasar Hassan, Shahana Ayub
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating injury results in damage to the brain. It is the most frequent cause of hospitalization in young people with a higher prevalence in men. TBI is the leading cause of disability and mortality between the ages 1 and 45. TBI can be caused either by the direct result of trauma or due to a complication of the primary injury. The most common etiological factors for TBI are falls, road traffic accidents, violent physical assaults, and injuries associated with athletic activities...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492297/recent-anti-seizure-medications-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Cindy Orinx, Benjamin Legros, Nicolas Gaspard
BACKGROUND: Seizures and status epilepticus (SE), both clinical and subclinical, are frequent in critically ill patients. The list of available anti-seizure medications (ASMs) is expanding and now includes older and widely used drugs as well as more recent medications with a better safety and pharmacokinetics profile. METHODS: We review a selection of recent publications about the indications and administration of ASMs in critical care for the prophylaxis and treatment of seizures and SE, focusing on recent ASMs available as intravenous formulation and emphasizing pharmacokinetics and safety issues in relation to several aspects of critical illness...
May 11, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482744/accelerated-long-term-forgetting-is-not-epilepsy-specific-evidence-from-childhood-traumatic-brain-injury
#4
Suncica Lah, Carly Black, Michael Gascoigne, Chloe Gott, Adrienne Epps, Louise Parry
Accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF) is characterised by adequate recall after short, but not long delays. ALF is not detected by standardised neuropsychological memory tests. Currently, the prevailing conceptualisation of ALF is of a temporal-lobe seizure related phenomenon. Nevertheless, Mayes and colleagues (2003) proposed that ALF may arise when any of the components of the brain network involved in long-term memory formation, or their interaction is disrupted. This disruption does not have to be caused by temporal lobe seizures for ALF to occur...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480741/a-practical-guide-to-the-use-of-anti-epileptic-drugs-by-neurosurgeons
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Fardad T Afshari, Sophia Michael, Ismail Ughratdar, Shanika Samarasekera
Initiation of anti-epileptic drugs is increasingly relevant to daily neurosurgical practice. Intracranial pathologies ranging from brain tumours to subarachnoid haemorrhage and traumatic brain injury are commonly associated with the subsequent development of seizures. The scope and range of anti-epileptic drugs available has increased dramatically in recent years and understanding the evidence base behind this class of drugs in addition to their interaction/side effect profiles is essential. In this review we aim to generate a practical guide for neurosurgeons regarding the use of different anti-epileptic medications in common neurosurgical conditions, including considerations for their use in pregnancy...
May 8, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479338/effects-of-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury-and-impaired-glutamate-transport-on-cortical-spreading-depression
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Mahshid Sadat Hosseini-Zare, Feng Gu, Ahmad Abdulla, Simon Powell, Jokūbas Žiburkus
Cortical spreading depression (CSD) is associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, migraines, and seizures. Typically, following TBIs and other insults, neuronal excitability in and around the area of the injury is affected, with reported increases in local glutamate signaling. Astrocytic glutamate transporters are critical for precise regulation of the extracellular glutamate availability. However, it remains unclear how impaired astrocytic glutamate transport or an acute TBI affect characteristics of the CSD...
May 4, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474982/posttraumatic-epilepsy-long-term-follow-up-of-children-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Amit Keret, Odeya Bennett-Back, Guy Rosenthal, Tal Gilboa, Moatasim Shweiki, Yigal Shoshan, Mony Benifla
OBJECTIVE Posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) is a known complication of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The true incidence of PTE in children is still uncertain, because most research has been based primarily on adults. This study aimed to determine the true incidence of PTE in a pediatric population with mild TBI (MTBI) and to identify risk factors for the development of epileptic events. METHODS Data were collected from electronic medical records of children 0-17 years of age, who were admitted to a single medical center between 2007 and 2009 with a diagnosis of MTBI...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469651/elevated-nkcc1-transporter-expression-facilitates-early-post-traumatic-brain-injury-seizures
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Buqing Liang, Jason H Huang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461273/post-traumatic-seizures-in-a-rural-nigerian-neurosurgical-service
#9
T B Rabiu, B Adetunmbi
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a recognized risk factor for seizures. In Nigeria, there is paucity of literature on post-traumatic seizures (PTS). This study provides the profile and pattern of PTS in TBI patients in a rural Nigerian neurosurgical service. METHOD: A prospective observational study of TBI patients was done. Clinical and radiological data including outcomes of care were analysed with SPSS version 15. A p-value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant...
April 28, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461213/survival-and-late-effects-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-for-hematologic-malignancy-at-less-than-three-years-of-age
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Lynda M Vrooman, Heather R Millard, Ruta Brazauskas, Navneet S Majhail, Minoo Battiwalla, Mary E Flowers, Bipin N Savani, Görgün Akpek, Mahmoud Aljurf, Rajinder Bajwa, K Scott Baker, Amer Beitinjaneh, Menachem Bitan, David Buchbinder, Eric Chow, Christopher Dandoy, Andrew C Dietz, Lisa Diller, Robert Peter Gale, Shahrukh K Hashmi, Robert J Hayashi, Peiman Hematti, Rammurti T Kamble, Kimberly A Kasow, Morris Kletzel, Hillard M Lazarus, Adriana K Malone, David I Marks, Tracey A O'Brien, Richard F Olsson, Olle Ringden, Sachiko Seo, Amir Steinberg, Lolie C Yu, Anne Warwick, Bronwen Shaw, Christine Duncan
Very young children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) are a unique and vulnerable population. We analyzed outcomes of 717 patients from 117 centers who survived relapse-free for ≥1 year following allogeneic myeloablative HCT for hematologic malignancy at <3 years-of-age, between 1987-2012. Median follow-up was 8.3 years (range 1.0-26.4 years); median age at follow-up was 9 years (range 2-29 years). Ten-year overall and relapse-free survival were 87% (95% CI 85-90%) and 84% (95% CI 81-87%)...
April 28, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452872/combination-therapy-of-levetiracetam-and-gabapentin-against-nonconvulsive-seizures-induced-by-penetrating-traumatic-brain-injury
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Xi-Chun M Lu, Ying Cao, Andrea Mountney, Zhilin Liao, Deborah A Shear, Frank C Tortella
BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic seizures are a medical problem affecting patients with traumatic brain injury. Yet effective treatment is lacking owing to the limitations of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) applicable to these patients. METHOD: In this study, we evaluated the dose-response efficacy of levetiracetam (12.5-100.0mg/kg) and gabapentin (1.25-25.0mg/kg) administered either individually or in pairs at fixed-dose ratios as a combination in mitigating post-traumatic nonconvulsive seizures induced by severe penetrating ballistic-like brain injury (PBBI) in rats...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434268/ubiquitin-c-terminal-hydrolase-l1-uch-l1-as-a-therapeutic-and-diagnostic-target-in-neurodegeneration-neurotrauma-and-neuro-injuries
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Kevin K Wang, Zhihui Yang, George Sarkis, Isabel Torres, Vijaya Raghavan
Since its discovery as a major CNS-abundant protein 25 years ago, Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1) has emerged as an important enzyme in regulating brain protein metabolism, by coupling to the proteasome pathway of protein degradation. Areas covered: UCH-L1 is implicated in both familial and sporadic Parkinson disease and other chronic neurodegenerative diseases. Also, UCH-L1 has been recently emerging as a biofluid-based biomarker for various forms of acute neurotrauma and CNS injury. Expert opinion: The loss of UCH-L1 activity coupled with the gain of proteinopathy function are linked to neurodegeneration such as Parkinsonism and Alzheimer's disease...
April 27, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431741/chloride-dysregulation-seizures-and-cerebral-edema-a-relationship-with-therapeutic-potential
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REVIEW
Joseph Glykys, Volodymyr Dzhala, Kiyoshi Egawa, Kristopher T Kahle, Eric Delpire, Kevin Staley
Pharmacoresistant seizures and cytotoxic cerebral edema are serious complications of ischemic and traumatic brain injury. Intraneuronal Cl(-) concentration ([Cl(-)]i) regulation impacts on both cell volume homeostasis and Cl(-)-permeable GABAA receptor-dependent membrane excitability. Understanding the pleiotropic molecular determinants of neuronal [Cl(-)]i - cytoplasmic impermeant anions, polyanionic extracellular matrix (ECM) glycoproteins, and plasmalemmal Cl(-) transporters - could help the identification of novel anticonvulsive and neuroprotective targets...
April 18, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430697/abusive-head-trauma-and-mortality-an-analysis-from-an-international-comparative-effectiveness-study-of-children-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Nikki Miller Ferguson, Ajit Sarnaik, Darryl Miles, Nadeem Shafi, Mark J Peters, Edward Truemper, Monica S Vavilala, Michael J Bell, Stephen R Wisniewski, James F Luther, Adam L Hartman, Patrick M Kochanek
OBJECTIVES: Small series have suggested that outcomes after abusive head trauma are less favorable than after other injury mechanisms. We sought to determine the impact of abusive head trauma on mortality and identify factors that differentiate children with abusive head trauma from those with traumatic brain injury from other mechanisms. DESIGN: First 200 subjects from the Approaches and Decisions in Acute Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Trial-a comparative effectiveness study using an observational, cohort study design...
April 20, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429236/the-course-of-headache-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-headache-due-to-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Chang-Ki Hong, Jin-Yang Joo, Yu Shik Shim, Sook Young Sim, Min A Kwon, Yong Bae Kim, Joonho Chung
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the long-term course of headache in patients with moderate-to-severe headache due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). We evaluated the course of headache in patients with moderate-to-severe headache due to mild TBI. METHODS: Since September 2009, patients with TBI prospectively rated their headache using a numeric rating scale (NRS). From the database containing 935 patients with TBI between September 2009 and December 2013, 259 patients were included according to following criteria: (1) newly onset moderate-to-severe headache (NRS ≥ 4) due to head trauma; (2) age ≥ 15 years; (3) Glasgow Coma Scale ≥ 13; (4) transient loss of consciousness ≤ 30 min; and (5) radiographic evaluation, such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance image...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412926/acute-symptomatic-seizures-in-geriatric-patients-with-multiple-risk-factors-a-diagnostic-challenge
#16
Ralf Landwehr, Robert Liszka
Acute symptomatic seizures and epileptic disorders are frequent health problems of elderly patients. An early and reliable distinction of the seizure etiology is important to ensure adequate treatment, and to prevent unwarranted diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The most common causes of acute symptomatic seizures - acute cerebrovascular disorders, metabolic disorders, traumatic brain injury, meningo-encephalitis, cerebral tumors, and withdrawal of alcohol and other central agents - are well-defined and seem to permit straightforward diagnostic and therapeutic strategies...
April 13, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390512/management-of-medical-complications-during-the-rehabilitation-of-moderate-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Billie A Schultz, Erica Bellamkonda
Brain injury specialists are experienced providers able to identify and treat the unique medical complications after moderate-severe traumatic brain injury, including posttraumatic seizures, paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity, spasticity, hydrocephalus, agitation, neuroendocrine dysfunction, heterotopic ossification, venous thromboembolism, and cranial nerve dysfunction. Owing to the potential negative impact on outcome if left untreated, identification and appropriate treatment is essential. An additional role of the brain injury specialist is to educate family about potential medical complications and anticipated outcomes after brain injury...
May 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388862/increased-expression-of-epileptiform-spike-wave-discharges-one-year-after-mild-moderate-or-severe-fluid-percussion-brain-injury-in-rats
#18
Thomas Joseph Sick, Joseph Wasserman, Amade Bregy, Justin Sick, W Dalton Dietrich, Helen M Bramlett
In this study, we describe increased expression of cortical epileptiform spike/wave discharges in rats 1 year after mild, moderate, or severe fluid percussion traumatic brain injury (fpTBI). Groups of rats consisted of animals that had received mild, moderate, or severe fpTBI, or sham operation 1 year earlier than electrocorticographic (ECoG) recordings. Additionally, we included a group of age-matched naïve animals. ECoG was recorded from awake animals using epidural electrodes implanted on the injured hemisphere (right), sham-operated hemisphere (right) or right hemisphere in naïve animals...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385926/critical-care-air-transport-team-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-short-term-outcomes-during-flight-for-operation-iraqi-freedom-operation-enduring-freedom
#19
L Renee Boyd, J Borawski, J Lairet, A T Limkakeng
INTRODUCTION: Our understanding of the expertise and equipment required to air transport injured soldiers with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) continue to evolve. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of characteristics, interventions required and short-term outcomes of patients with severe TBI managed by the US Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATTs) deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom between 1 June 2007 and 31 August 2010...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330876/electrocorticographic-dynamics-as-a-novel-biomarker-in-five-models-of-epileptogenesis
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Dan Z Milikovsky, Itai Weissberg, Lyna Solomon-Kamintsky, Kristina Lippmann, Osnat Schefenbauer, Federica Frigerio, Massimo Rizzi, Liron Sheintuch, Daniel Zelig, Jonathan Ofer, Annamaria Vezzani, Alon Friedman
Post injury epilepsy (PIE) is a devastating sequela of various brain insults. While recent studies offer novel insights into the mechanisms underlying epileptogenesis and discover potential preventive treatments, the lack of PIE biomarkers hinders the clinical implementation of such treatments. Here we explored the biomarker potential of different electrographic features in five models of PIE. Electrocorticographic or intrahippocampal recordings of epileptogenesis (from the insult to the first spontaneous seizure) from two laboratories were analyzed in 3 mouse and 2 rat PIE models...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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