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Myoclonic epilepsy

Paresh Zanzmera, Ramshekhar N Menon, Kalyani Karkare, Himanshu Soni, Sujit Jagtap, Ashalatha Radhakrishnan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article was to study the electroclinical characteristics and seizure outcome of children with epilepsy with myoclonic absences (EMA). METHOD: In this descriptive cohort study, we reviewed clinical records of patients who met the criteria for EMA. Each patient's demographic data, birth/developmental history, seizure semiology/pattern, antiepileptic drugs (AED), clinical examination, video-electroencephalography (VEEG), and neuroimaging data were reviewed...
October 19, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Kang Min Park, Byung In Lee, Kyong Jin Shin, Sam Yeol Ha, JinSe Park, Si Eun Kim, Hyung Chan Kim, Tae Hyung Kim, Chi Woong Mun, Sung Eun Kim
Although juvenile myoclonic epilepsy has been considered as a disorder of thalamo-cortical circuit, it is not determined the causality relationship between thalamus and cortex. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is a disorder of thalamus or cortex. Twenty-nine patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and 20 normal controls were enrolled in this study. In addition, we included 10 patients with childhood absence epilepsy as a disease control group. Using whole-brain T1-weighted MRIs, we analyzed the volumes of the structures, including hippocampus, thalamus, and total cortex, with FreeSurfer 5...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Udaya Seneviratne, Graham Hepworth, Mark Cook, Wendyl D'Souza
PURPOSE: To evaluate electroencephalographic (EEG) differences among syndromes in genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE) based on quantified data. METHODS: 24-hour ambulatory EEGs were recorded in consecutive patients diagnosed with GGE. All epileptiform EEG abnormalities were quantified into density scores (total duration of epileptiform discharges per hour). We conducted one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) to find out differences in EEG density scores among the syndromes...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Marivi Nabong Moen, Roar Fjær, El Hassan Hamdani, Jon K Laerdahl, Robin Johansen Menchini, Magnus Dehli Vigeland, Ying Sheng, Dag Erik Undlien, Bjørnar Hassel, Mustafa A Salih, Heba Y El Khashab, Kaja Kristine Selmer, Farrukh Abbas Chaudhry
Progressive myoclonus epilepsy is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by myoclonic and tonic-clonic seizures, ataxia and cognitive decline. We here present two affected brothers. At 9 months of age the elder brother developed ataxia and myoclonic jerks. In his second year he lost the ability to walk and talk, and he developed drug-resistant progressive myoclonus epilepsy. The cerebrospinal fluid level of glutamate was decreased while glutamine was increased. His younger brother manifested similar symptoms from 6 months of age...
October 14, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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
Sharon Shmuely, Sanjay M Sisodiya, W Boudewijn Gunning, Josemir W Sander, Roland D Thijs
INTRODUCTION: Premature mortality is a major issue in Dravet syndrome (DS). To improve understanding of DS premature mortality, we conducted a comprehensive literature search with a particular emphasis on SUDEP. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane, CENTRAL, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Academic Search Premier, and ScienceDirect on the following terms: "Dravet syndrome", "severe myoclonic epilepsy", "SMEI", "mortality", "survivors", "prognosis", and "death"...
October 9, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
A Loughman, N A Bendrups, W J D'Souza
Psychiatric disorders and associated poor psychosocial outcomes are recognised to be a common sequelae of epilepsy. The extent to which this is true of genetic generalised epilepsies (GGE), particularly syndromes other than juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is unclear. This systematic review synthesises findings regarding psychiatric and associated comorbidities in adults and children with GGE. Systematic review yielded 34 peer-reviewed studies of psychiatric and psychosocial outcomes in adults and children with GGE...
October 10, 2016: Neuropsychology Review
Germain Sotoing Taiwe, Thierry Bang Tchoya, Joseph Renaud Menanga, Bernard Dabole, Michel De Waard
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The leaf extract of Crinum jagus L. (Amaryllidaceae) is widely used in traditional Cameroonian medicine as antiepileptic remedy and for the treatment of convulsion, depression and mood disorders associated with epilepsy. AIM OF THE STUDY: Hence, this study was conducted to evaluate the effects of an active fraction extracted from the leaves of Crinum jagus against seizures, depression-like behaviour and oxidative stress in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced kindling in mice...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Emel Oguz Akarsu, Pınar Tekturk, Zuhal Yapici, Fatih Tepgec, Z Oya Uyguner, Betul Baykan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 23, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Dieter Schmidt, Matti Sillanpää
PURPOSE: To review the outcome of epilepsy after stopping antiepileptic drugs in remission. RESULTS: Stopping antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in remission is routinely done in many patients. Although the consequences of an unexpected relapse seizure in the 2 years after stopping AEDs may cause anguish and social issues, the impact on the long term seizure outlook of the epilepsy is minimal, if any. Discontinuation of drug treatment does not seem to affect the long-term prognosis but exposes patients who were seizure-free for years to a transient two-fold risk of seizures for the first 2 years after stopping AEDs...
September 13, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Giuliano Avanzini, Hiroshi Shibasaki, Guido Rubboli, Laura Canafoglia, Ferruccio Panzica, Silvana Franceschetti, Mark Hallett
The high temporal resolution of neurophysiological recordings makes them particularly suited to faithfully describing the time course of rapid events such as myoclonus and to precisely measure its time relationship with other related activities. In progressive myoclonus epilepsies (PMEs) polygraphy with simultaneous EMG-EEG recordings is a crucial tool for defining the characteristic of myoclonic jerks their topography over different muscles (namely antagonists), their time course and relationship with vigilance muscle activation and stimulations...
September 1, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
Ying Sun, Guojun Zhang, Xiaohua Zhang, Xiaoming Yan, Liping Li, Cuiping Xu, Tao Yu, Chunyan Liu, Yu Zhu, Yicong Lin, Yuping Wang
Myoclonic seizures are defined as generalized seizures according to the classification of seizure by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). The pathogenesis of myoclonic seizures is not yet clear. There are very few studies on the focal surgical treatment of myoclonic seizures. The aim of this study is to investigate the characteristics of myoclonic seizure onset in different bands of the intracranial electroencephalogram (EEG) and their dynamic changes in temporal and spatial evolution. We studied four patients with myoclonic seizures who were under the focal resection of the epileptogenic zone...
September 28, 2016: Brain Research
Junpei Koge, Shintaro Hayashi, Hiroo Yamaguchi, Takahisa Tateishi, Hiroyuki Murai, Jun-Ichi Kira
A 37-old-male with a history of early childhood mental retardation was admitted to our hospital. He experienced recurrent syncopes at 23 years old, and at age 35 gait disturbance and hearing impairment developed gradually and worsened over time. His grandparents were in a consanguineous marriage. He was of short stature and absent of tendon xanthomas. Neurological examinations revealed scanning speech, dysphagia, right sensorineural hearing loss, spasticity in both upper and lower extremities, and spastic gait...
September 28, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Julie van der Zee, Peter Mariën, Roeland Crols, Sara Van Mossevelde, Lubina Dillen, Federica Perrone, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Jo Verhoeven, Tine D'aes, Chantal Ceuterick-De Groote, Anne Sieben, Jan Versijpt, Patrick Cras, Jean-Jacques Martin, Christine Van Broeckhoven
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the molecular basis of a Belgian family with autosomal recessive adult-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (ANCL or Kufs disease [KD]) with pronounced frontal lobe involvement and to expand the findings to a cohort of unrelated Belgian patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). METHODS: Genetic screening in the ANCL family and FTD cohort (n = 461) was performed using exome sequencing and targeted massive parallel resequencing. RESULTS: We identified a homozygous mutation (p...
October 2016: Neurology. Genetics
Ayelet Zerem, Kazuhiro Haginoya, Dorit Lev, Lubov Blumkin, Sara Kivity, Ilan Linder, Cheryl Shoubridge, Elizabeth Emma Palmer, Michael Field, Jackie Boyle, David Chitayat, William D Gaillard, Eric H Kossoff, Marjolaine Willems, David Geneviève, Frederic Tran-Mau-Them, Orna Epstein, Eli Heyman, Sarah Dugan, Alice Masurel-Paulet, Ame'lie Piton, Tjitske Kleefstra, Rolph Pfundt, Ryo Sato, Andreas Tzschach, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hirotomo Saitsu, Esther Leshinsky-Silver, Tally Lerman-Sagie
OBJECTIVE: IQSEC2 is an X-linked gene associated with intellectual disability (ID) and epilepsy. Herein we characterize the epilepsy/epileptic encephalopathy of patients with IQSEC2 pathogenic variants. METHODS: Forty-eight patients with IQSEC2 variants were identified worldwide through Medline search. Two patients were recruited from our early onset epileptic encephalopathy cohort and one patient from personal communication. The 18 patients who have epilepsy in addition to ID are the subject of this study...
September 26, 2016: Epilepsia
S Tang, E Hughes, K Lascelles, M A Simpson, D K Pal
We report a de novo SMARCA2 missense mutation discovered on exome sequencing in a patient with myoclonic astatic epilepsy, leading to reassessment and identification of Nicolaides-Baraitser syndrome. This de novo SMARCA2 missense mutation c.3721C>G, p.Gln1241Glu is the only reported mutation on exon 26 outside the ATPase domain of SMARCA2 to be associated with Nicolaides-Baraitser syndrome and adds to chromatin remodeling as a pathway for epileptogenesis. © 2016 The Authors. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc...
September 26, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Elza Márcia Yacubian
PURPOSE: Since its initial 1957 description, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) has been recognized as a common epileptic syndrome worldwide. METHODS: We reviewed a series of articles on JME to clarify challenges in clinical and pathophysiological findings, treatment and outcome. RESULTS: Typical JME characteristics include: 1) the age at seizure onset between 10 and 25 years; 2) the triad of myoclonia, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and absences, of which only myoclonia is a mandatory criterion; 3) cognitive dysfunction that may have impact on interpersonal relationships and social outcome; 4) possibility of seizure control in up to 80% of individuals, in particular with the use of sodium valproate; 5) a tendency for lifelong seizures with an early morning preponderance; 6) after decades from the clinical onset, a possibility to be off medications for a third of the patients, and 7) several prognostic factors...
September 15, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Hooi Ling Teoh, Alexander Solyom, Edward H Schuchman, David Mowat, Tony Roscioli, Michelle Farrar, Hugo Sampaio
Survival of motor neuron 1-------negative spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is heterogeneous and remains a diagnostic challenge. The clinical spectrum continues to expand and ∼33 genes have been identified to date. The present report describes a 9-year-old girl with novel clinical phenotype of a patient with polyarticular arthritis followed by symptoms of SMA due to acid ceramidase deficiency. Whole exome sequencing identified compound heterozygous pathogenic mutation in the N-acylsphingosine amidohydrolase 1 gene...
September 20, 2016: Pediatrics
Andrew G Engel, Duygu Selcen, Xin-Ming Shen, Margherita Milone, C Michel Harper
OBJECTIVE: To identify the molecular basis of a fatal syndrome of microcephaly, cortical hyperexcitability, and myasthenia. METHODS: We performed clinical and in vitro microelectrode studies of neuromuscular transmission, examined neuromuscular junctions cytochemically and by electron microscopy (EM), and searched for mutations by Sanger and exome sequencing. RESULTS: Neuromuscular transmission was severely compromised by marked depletion of the readily releasable pool of quanta, but the probability of quantal release was normal...
October 2016: Neurology. Genetics
Salleh N Ehaideb, Elizabeth A Wignall, Junko Kasuya, William H Evans, Atulya Iyengar, Haley L Koerselman, Anthony J Lilienthal, Alexander G Bassuk, Toshihiro Kitamoto, J Robert Manak
OBJECTIVE: Genetically tractable fruit flies have been used for decades to study seizure disorders. However, there is a paucity of data specifically correlating fly and human seizure phenotypes. We have previously shown that mutation of orthologous PRICKLE genes from flies to humans produce seizures. This study aimed to determine whether the prickle-mediated seizure phenotypes in flies closely parallel the epilepsy syndrome found in PRICKLE patients. METHODS: Virtually all fly seizure studies have relied upon characterizing seizures that are evoked...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
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