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Post-stroke seizure

Xianli Lv, Guihuai Wang
Objective A small number of patients has been reported to develop a completely new or de novo arteriovenous malformation (AVM) after brain surgery, haemorrhage, head trauma or ischaemic stroke. The natural history of these lesions is unknown. In this review, both ruptured and unruptured de novo AVMs and their treatments were reviewed. Methods Published literature in the PubMed database citing 'de novo cerebral arteriovenous malformation' was reviewed. Additional studies were identified through reference searches in each reviewed article...
January 1, 2018: Neuroradiology Journal
Kevin M Kelly, Peter I Jukkola, Guo Yin, Eric R Miller, Elena A Kharlamov, Deng-Shan Shiau, Roger Strong, Jaroslaw Aronowski
The mechanisms of injured brain that establish poststroke seizures and epilepsy are not well understood, largely because animal modeling has had limited development. The main objective of this study was to determine whether an arterial occlusion model of cortical stroke in young adult and aged rats was capable of generating either focal or generalized epileptic seizures within 2 months of lesioning. Four- and 20-month-old male Fischer 344 (F344) sham-operated controls and those lesioned by transient (3 h) unilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) and common carotid artery (CCA) occlusion (MCA/CCAo) were studied by video-EEG recordings up to 2 months post-procedure...
February 10, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Marian Galovic, Nico Döhler, Barbara Erdélyi-Canavese, Ansgar Felbecker, Philip Siebel, Julian Conrad, Stefan Evers, Michael Winklehner, Tim J von Oertzen, Hans-Peter Haring, Anna Serafini, Giorgia Gregoraci, Mariarosaria Valente, Francesco Janes, Gian Luigi Gigli, Mark R Keezer, John S Duncan, Josemir W Sander, Matthias J Koepp, Barbara Tettenborn
BACKGROUND: Stroke is one of the leading causes of acquired epilepsy in adults. An instrument to predict whether people are at high risk of developing post-stroke seizures is not available. We aimed to develop and validate a prognostic model of late (>7 days) seizures after ischaemic stroke. METHODS: In this multivariable prediction model development and validation study, we developed the SeLECT score based on five clinical predictors in 1200 participants who had an ischaemic stroke in Switzerland using backward elimination of a multivariable Cox proportional hazards model...
February 2018: Lancet Neurology
George Fotakopoulos, Demosthenes Makris, Eleni Tsianaka, Polikceni Kotlia, Paulos Karakitsios, Charalabos Gatos, Alkiviadis Tzannis, Kostas Fountas
OBJECT: To identify the risk factors for post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) and to document the incidence of PTA after mild traumatic brain injuries. METHODS: This was a prospective study, affecting mild TBI (mTBI) (Glasgow Coma Scale 14-15) cases attending to the Emergency Department between January 2009 and April 2012 (40 months duration). Patients were divided into two groups (Group A: without PTA, and Group B: with PTA, and they were assessed according to the risk factors...
February 5, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
Cheryl Cammock, Swati Choudhry, Chesney M Castleberry, Noor Al-Hammadi, Pirooz Eghtesady, Charles E Canter, Kathleen E Simpson
BACKGROUND: Major neurologic events (MNEs) after heart transplantation (HTx) and their effect on survival have not been well described in children. In this study we aimed to characterize early MNEs (stroke, isolated seizures not from stroke and posterior reversible leukoencephalopathy [PRES] within 1 year after primary pediatric HTx) and evaluate their impact on 1-year post-HTx survival. We hypothesized that early an MNE after HTx is associated with decreased 1-year patient survival. METHODS: We performed a pediatric, single-center, retrospective analysis of 345 consecutive patients aged 0 to 22 years who underwent primary HTx during the period from November 1, 1994 to October 31, 2015...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Gulshan Man Singh Dangol, David A Hoffman
Atrial fibrillation (AF) most frequently occurs as a consequence of multiple etiologies including valvular disease, coronary artery disease, hyperthyroidism, alcohol ingestion, and pulmonary embolism. However, on rare occasion transient AF may be a result of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS). A 33-year-old-man presented to the emergency department following GTCS in AF with rapid ventricular response. He had no previous documented history. Diagnostic evaluation including electrolytes, thyroid function, cardiac enzymes, serum and urine drug screen, and two-dimensional echocardiogram were unremarkable...
August 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Pavel Klein, Raymond Dingledine, Eleonora Aronica, Christophe Bernard, Ingmar Blümcke, Detlev Boison, Martin J Brodie, Amy R Brooks-Kayal, Jerome Engel, Patrick A Forcelli, Lawrence J Hirsch, Rafal M Kaminski, Henrik Klitgaard, Katja Kobow, Daniel H Lowenstein, Phillip L Pearl, Asla Pitkänen, Noora Puhakka, Michael A Rogawski, Dieter Schmidt, Matti Sillanpää, Robert S Sloviter, Christian Steinhäuser, Annamaria Vezzani, Matthew C Walker, Wolfgang Löscher
The most common forms of acquired epilepsies arise following acute brain insults such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, or central nervous system infections. Treatment is effective for only 60%-70% of patients and remains symptomatic despite decades of effort to develop epilepsy prevention therapies. Recent preclinical efforts are focused on likely primary drivers of epileptogenesis, namely inflammation, neuron loss, plasticity, and circuit reorganization. This review suggests a path to identify neuronal and molecular targets for clinical testing of specific hypotheses about epileptogenesis and its prevention or modification...
December 15, 2017: Epilepsia
Aghigh Haydari, Feridoun Sabzi, Samsam Dabiri, Alireza Poormotaabed
We report a patient presented with recurrent pericardial effusion caused by drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus (SLE) following mitral valve repair. The surgery was complicated by hemiparesis and convulsion in early postoperative period. The patient had been received carbamazepine for a paroxysmal seizure that occurred following mitral valve repair. The post operative computed tomography showed embolic stroke and its sequel (seizure) that treated with carbamazepine. In the 3rd month of follow-up, however, hemiparesis recovered by physiotherapy but carbamazepine was not discontinued as by request of neurologist...
September 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
Hao Zhou, Nuan Wang, Lei Xu, Hongli Huang, Chunyu Yu
This study evaluated the efficacy of gastrodin in combination with folate (FOL) and vitamin-B12 (V-B12) on patients with epilepsy after stroke (EAS) and its effect on high-mobility group protein B1 (HMGB-1), interleukin-1 (IL-1), and IL-6 serum levels. The clinical data of 92 EAS patients admitted for treatment between April, 2014 and March, 2016 were collected. These patients were randomly divided into control and observation groups (n=46 each) using computer software. Patients in the control group were administered only regular antiepileptic drugs, whereas observation group patients also received a combination of gastrodin, FOL and V-B12...
November 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Maria Ek Lie, Emma K Gowing, Rasmus P Clausen, Petrine Wellendorph, Andrew N Clarkson
Brain ischemia triggers excitotoxicity and cell death, yet no neuroprotective drugs have made it to the clinic. While enhancing GABAergic signaling to counterbalance excitotoxicity has shown promise in animal models, clinical studies have failed. Blockade of GABA transporters (GATs) offers an indirect approach to increase GABA inhibition to lower the excitation threshold of neurons. Among the GATs, GAT1 is known to promote neuroprotection, while the protective role of the extrasynaptic transporters GAT3 and BGT1 is elusive...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Renata Dal-Prá Ducci, Marcos Christiano Lange, Francisco Manoel Branco Germiniani, Viviane de Hiroki Flumignan Zétola
OBJECTIVES: Stroke is one of the most common causes of disability-adjusted life years worldwide. The aim of this study is to identify variables associated with dependence at 3 months and also after the first 3 months after the first-ever ischemic stroke (IS) in middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory submitted to intravenous thrombolysis (IVT). METHODS: A single-center cohort study of patients with first-ever MCA IS treated with IVT at the Hospital de Clínicas, Universidade Federal do Paraná, was followed over 5 years...
November 10, 2017: Neurological Research
Ana Hategan, Calvin H Hirsch
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for major depressive disorder, but cerebrovascular and cardiovascular complications, although rare, remain the most concerning. This is particularly notable in those with preexisting cerebrovascular disease, which impacts dynamic cerebral autoregulation. In these patients, the increased blood flow to the seizing portions of the brain induced by ECT potentially can reduce cerebral blood flow to ischemic areas, possibly causing adverse neurological events...
November 8, 2017: Journal of ECT
Guo-Shuai Yang, Xiao-Yan Zhou, Xue-Fang An, Xuan-Jun Liu, Yan-Jun Zhang, Dan Yu
Seizure is a serious complication of stroke, indicating poor prognosis. Notch signaling is associated with neuronal activity. Inhibition of Notch signaling suppresses seizure activity induced by kainic acid. The present study investigated the effect of the Notch inhibitor, DAPT, alone or in combination with mild hypothermia, on post-stroke seizures. A global cerebral ischemia (GCI) model was performed in Sprague Dawley (SD) male rats. Seizure activity was evaluated by the frequency of seizure attacks, seizure severity scores, and seizure discharges...
October 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Elizabeth M Wells, Nicole J Ullrich, Kristy Seidel, Wendy Leisenring, Charles A Sklar, Gregory T Armstrong, Lisa Diller, Allison King, Kevin R Krull, Joseph P Neglia, Marilyn Stovall, Kimberly Whelan, Kevin C Oeffinger, Leslie L Robison, Roger J Packer
Background: Survivors of childhood central nervous system (CNS) tumors experience high rates of treatment-related neurologic sequelae. Whether survivors continue to be at increased risk for new events as they age is unknown. Methods: Adverse neurologic health conditions in 5-year survivors of CNS tumors from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS, n=1876) were evaluated longitudinally at a median 23.0 years from diagnosis, range 5.1 - 38.9; median age at last evaluation 30...
August 22, 2017: Neuro-oncology
Shahar Shelly, Nicola Maggio, Marina Boxer, Ilan Blatt, David Tanne, David Orion
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) brain perfusion is a relatively new imaging method that can be used to differentiate patients following epileptic seizures in the setting of acute neurological deficits (e.g., hemiparesis, hemiplegia, hemianopsia, aphasia) who arrive at the emergency room with a suspected stroke. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate brain perfusion changes in patients who had an epileptic seizure. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 721 patients who presented at our stroke center between 2012 and 2015 with a suspected acute stroke and underwent examination thorough a stroke protocol, including cerebral CT perfusion (CTP) and CT angiography (CTA) within 8 hours from the onset of symptoms...
September 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
Shinya Tomari, Tomotaka Tanaka, Masafumi Ihara, Takayuki Matsuki, Kazuki Fukuma, Soichiro Matsubara, Kazuyuki Nagatsuka, Kazunori Toyoda
PURPOSE: Seizure is a common complication after stroke. However, the clinical characteristics, treatment, and recurrence rates in patients with the first episode of post-stroke seizure remain unclarified. The aim of this study was to identify the predictors of seizure recurrence in those patients. METHOD: We retrospectively identified patients admitted to our hospital between July 2010 and June 2014 and followed-up until June 2015 because of the first episode of post-stroke seizure...
November 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
D M Blumberger, D P Seitz, N Herrmann, J G Kirkham, R Ng, C Reimer, P Kurdyak, A Gruneir, M J Rapoport, Z J Daskalakis, B H Mulsant, S N Vigod
BACKGROUND: To determine event rates for specific medical events and mortality among individuals receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). METHOD: Population-based cohort study using health administrative data of acute ECT treatments delivered in Ontario, Canada, from 2003 to 2011. We measured the following medical event rates, per 10 000 ECT treatments, up to 7 and 30 days post-treatment: stroke, seizure, acute myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, deep vein thrombosis, gastrointestinal bleeding, falls, hip fracture, and mortality...
December 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Alain Lekoubou, Jean Joël Awoumou, André Pascal Kengne
Background Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator is the only FDA-approved thrombolytic agent for acute stroke treatment. However, there are concerns that recombinant tissue plasminogen activator may increase the risk of seizures (including early and late seizures). Aims We performed a systematic review to assess the incidence of seizures and the association of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator with seizure occurrence. Summary of review We searched major databases for articles published between 1995 and February 2016...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Carla Bentes, Hugo Martins, Ana Rita Peralta, Carlos Casimiro, Carlos Morgado, Ana Catarina Franco, Ana Catarina Fonseca, Ruth Geraldes, Patrícia Canhão, Teresa Pinho E Melo, Teresa Paiva, José M Ferro
Cerebrovascular disease is the leading cause of epilepsy in adults, although post-stroke seizures reported frequency is variable and few studies used EEG in their identification. To describe and compare EEG and clinical epileptic manifestations frequency in patients with an anterior circulation ischaemic stroke. Prospective study of acute anterior circulation ischaemic stroke patients, consecutively admitted to a Stroke Unit over 24 months and followed-up for 1 year. All patients underwent standardized clinical and diagnostic assessment...
September 2017: Journal of Neurology
B A Ezeala-Adikaibe, T Okpara, O S Ekenze, O Onodugo, N P Ezeala-Adikaibe, T Nnaji, G Onyebueke
PURPOSE: Though most doctors in their professional life will provide care for people with epilepsy, many will not get further training in their professional life. There may be other barriers, perceived or not, to providing care to people living with epilepsy by doctors which need to be approached in the medical undergraduate curriculum and medical continuing education. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge gaps of medical students on basic issues regarding epilepsy that could be useful in preparing training material for the students and continuous medical education for doctors working in the community...
July 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
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