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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811941/seizure-associated-takotsubo-syndrome-a-rare-combination
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Htay Htay Kyi, Nour Aljariri Alhesan, Sunil Upadhaya, Samer Al Hadidi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is increasingly recognized in neurocritical care population especially in postmenopausal females. We are presenting a 61-year-old African American female with past medical history of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and hypertension who presented with multiple episodes of seizures due to noncompliance with antiepileptic medications. She was on telemetry which showed ST alarm. Electrocardiogram (ECG) was ordered and showed ST elevation in anterolateral leads and troponins were positive...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811247/pharmacological-analysis-of-poecilotheria-spider-venoms-in-mice-provides-clues-for-human-treatment
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Alexander Andreev-Andrievskiy, Anfisa Popova, Evgeniia Lagereva, Daniil Osipov, Antonina Berkut, Eugene Grishin, Alexander Vassilevski
Bites of tiger spiders belonging to Poecilotheria genus cause moderate to severe pain and long-lasting local or generalized muscle cramps in humans. Bites occur in regions of the spiders' natural habitat, India and Sri Lanka, but the popularity of these colorful tarantulas as pets leads to reports of envenomation cases worldwide. Treatment is predominantly symptomatic and often inadequate since there is almost no clinical or toxicology research data available, and physicians outside India or Sri Lanka typically have no experience in treating such cases...
August 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808577/transition-from-intravenous-to-enteral-ketamine-for-treatment-of-nonconvulsive-status-epilepticus
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Michael A Pizzi, Prasuna Kamireddi, William O Tatum, Jerry J Shih, Daniel A Jackson, William D Freeman
BACKGROUND: Nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) is a diagnosis that is often challenging and one that may progress to refractory NCSE. Ketamine is a noncompetitive N-methyl-d-aspartate antagonist that increasingly has been used to treat refractory status epilepticus. Current Neurocritical Care Society guidelines recommend intravenous (IV) ketamine infusion as an alternative treatment for refractory status epilepticus in adults. On the other hand, enteral ketamine use in NCSE has been reported in only 6 cases (1 adult and 5 pediatric) in the literature to date...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806632/clinical-utility-of-serum-lactate-levels-for-differential-diagnosis-of-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-from-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-and-syncope
#4
Ebru Apaydın Doğan, Ali Ünal, Aslıhan Ünal, Çağla Erdoğan
BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS), psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), and syncope constitutes a major challenge. Misdiagnosis rates up to 20 to 30% are reported in the literature. PURPOSE: To assess the clinical utility of serum lactate levels for differentiation of GTCS, PNES, and syncope based on gender differences. METHODS: Data from 270 patients were evaluated retrospectively. Only patients ≥18 years old with the final diagnosis of GTCS, PNES, or syncope in their chart were recruited...
August 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806589/novel-clinical-manifestations-in-patients-with-kcna2-mutations
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Monisha Sachdev, Marina Gaínza-Lein, Dmitry Tchapyjnikov, Yong-Hui Jiang, Tobias Loddenkemper, Mohamad A Mikati
PURPOSE: To report novel clinical manifestations of KCNA2 mutation related epileptic encephalopathy. METHODS: Blood samples were sent for whole exome and Sanger sequencing. Seizure types were characterized by clinical criteria and EEG recording. RESULTS: KCNA2 mutations have been reported in 10 cases who presented with focal, absence, generalized tonic-clonic or myoclonic astatic seizures. Here we describe 3 patients with previously unreported, more severe manifestations...
August 5, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805769/-psychiatry-of-the-future-an-overview-of-foreign-scientists-opinions-of-the-position-of-psychiatry-in-the-modern-world
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E D Belousova, N N Zavadenko, A A Kholin, A A Sharkov
This review presents the recently published revised classifications of epilepsies and seizure types developed by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). The Classification of Epilepsies includes several diagnostic levels (steps): 1) from seizure type to epilepsy type (generalized/focal/combined generalized and focal/unknown), 2) diagnosis of epilepsy syndrome 3) etiology (genetic/ structural/ infectious/ metabolic/ immune/unknown). A clinician can use any level of the classification. Operational classification of seizure types is replaced by the previous classification that was grounded on the anatomical basis...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804613/novel-derivatives-of-phthalimide-with-potent-anticonvulsant-activity-in-ptz-and-mes-seizure-models
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Asghar Davood, Maryam Iman, Hanieh Pouriaiee, Hamed Shafaroodi, Sepideh Akhbari, Leila Azimidoost, Erfan Imani, Somaieh Rahmatpour
OBJECTIVES: Phthalimide-based derivatives have anticonvulsant activity like as phenytoin by inhibition of sodium channel. In our previously research we mentioned about some phthalimide derivatives as potent anticonvulsant agents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen analogs of 2-substituted phthalimide pharmacophore were synthesized and then were evaluated for the anticonvulsant activities in pentylenetetrazole-induced seizures (PTZ) and maximal electroshock seizure (MES) models...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802899/a-species-dependent-response-to-the-pro-epileptic-drug-pentylentetrazole-in-birds
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Faiq Amin, Asim H Dar, Khan Osama, Faezah Khan, Rida Mitha, Arsal Tharwani, Ghulam Haider, Prem Chand, Fazal M Arain
Epilepsy is common disorder that affects over 50 million people worldwide. Birds remain a promising yet largely under-explored model of epilepsy. This study reports the comparison of the response of two species of birds, Australian Parrots (APs) and Sparrows (SPs), to a pro-epileptic drug, Pentylenetetrazole (PTZ). PTZ injections caused myoclonic jerks (MCJs) and tonic clonic seizures (TCSs) in both species. The frequency of MCJs in APs was greater at the dose of 75mg/kg compared to both 50mg/kg and 25mg/kg while it was not significantly different in SPs...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802771/dmd-and-west-syndrome
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Ruxandra Cardas, Catrinel Iliescu, Nina Butoianu, Andreea Seferian, Svetlana Gataullina, Elena Gargaun, Juliette Nectoux, Thierry Bienvenu, Dana Craiu, Teresa Gidaro, Laurent Servais
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most frequent muscular dystrophy in childhood, with a worldwide incidence of one in 5000 live male births. It is due to mutations in the dystrophin gene leading to absence of full-length dystrophin protein. Central nervous system involvement is well-known in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The multiple dystrophin isoforms expressed in brain have important roles in cerebral development and functioning. The association of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with seizures has been reported, and there is a higher prevalence of epilepsy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients (between 6...
July 19, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794249/not-all-scn1a-epileptic-encephalopathies-are-dravet-syndrome-early-profound-thr226met-phenotype
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Lynette G Sadleir, Emily I Mountier, Deepak Gill, Suzanne Davis, Charuta Joshi, Catherine DeVile, Manju A Kurian, Simone Mandelstam, Elaine Wirrell, Katherine C Nickels, Hema R Murali, Gemma Carvill, Candace T Myers, Heather C Mefford, Ingrid E Scheffer
OBJECTIVE: To define a distinct SCN1A developmental and epileptic encephalopathy with early onset, profound impairment, and movement disorder. METHODS: A case series of 9 children were identified with a profound developmental and epileptic encephalopathy and SCN1A mutation. RESULTS: We identified 9 children 3 to 12 years of age; 7 were male. Seizure onset was at 6 to 12 weeks with hemiclonic seizures, bilateral tonic-clonic seizures, or spasms...
August 9, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793299/the-effects-of-adenosinergic-modulation-on-cytokine-levels-in-a-pentylenetetrazole-induced-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizure-model
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Fazilet Dede, Sabriye Karadenizli, Özgür Doğa Özsoy, Fatma Ceyla Eraldemir, Deniz Şahin, Nurbay Ateş
OBJECTIVE: It has been suggested that the adenosinergic system and cytokines play a role in the pathogenesis of epilepsy. Although the role of the adenosinergic system in the modulation of seizure activity is well known, the mechanism of this modulation needs to be described in detail. We performed this study to determine the contribution of the proinflammatory cytokines to the generalized seizure activity during adenosine and caffeine treatment. METHODS: We induced generalized tonic-clonic seizures with the administration of 60 mg/kg pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) in male Wistar Albino rats...
August 10, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789699/oral-pyridoxine-can-substitute-for-intravenous-pyridoxine-in-managing-patients-with-severe-poisoning-with-isoniazid-and-rifampicin-fixed-dose-combination-tablets-a-case-report
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M D S A Dilrukshi, C A P Ratnayake, C A Gnanathasan
BACKGROUND: Fixed drug combination of isoniazid and rifampicin is a rare cause of poisoning even in endemic countries for tuberculosis infection. Severe poisoning can cause severe morbidity and mortality if not treated promptly. Though intravenous pyridoxine is the preferred antidote for severe standard isoniazid poisoning it is not freely available even in best of care centers. We describe a case of severe poisoning with fixed drug combination of isoniazid and rifampicin successfully managed with oral pyridoxine at national hospital of Sri Lanka...
August 8, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780656/hus-induced-cardiac-and-circulatory-failure-is-reversible-using-cardiopulmonary-bypass-as-rescue
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René F Andersen, Jesper V Bjerre, Johan V Povlsen, Mette Veien, Konstantinos Kamperis, Søren Rittig
BACKGROUND: Extra-renal involvement in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) includes gastrointestinal, pancreatic, hepatic, neurological and cardiac manifestations. The current 3-5% mortality rate in HUS patients is primarily attributed to complications related to the central nervous system and the heart. In this brief report, we illustrate that severe cardiac involvement in a patient with HUS is potentially reversible using cardiopulmonary bypass as rescue. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: A 12-year-old boy was diagnosed with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli-induced HUS related to E...
August 5, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777735/evidence-for-the-involvement-of-the-gaba-ergic-pathway-in-the-anticonvulsant-activity-of-the-roots-bark-aqueous-extract-of-anthocleista-djalonensis-a-chev-loganiaceae
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Germain Sotoing Taiwe, Arielle Larissa Ndieudieu Kouamou, Armelle Rosalie Mbang Ambassa, Joseph Renaud Menanga, Thierry Bang Tchoya, Paul Desire Djomeni Dzeufiet
BACKGROUND: The root bark of Anthocleista djalonensis A. Chev. (Loganiaceae) is widely used in traditional medicine in Northern Cameroon to treat epilepsy and related conditions, such as migraine, insomnia, dementia, anxiety, and mood disorders. METHODS: To investigate the anticonvulsant effects and the possible mechanisms of this plant, an aqueous extract of Anthocleista djalonensis (AEAD) was evaluated by using animal models of bicuculline-, picrotoxin-, pilocarpine-, and pentylenetetrazole-induced convulsions...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768970/generalized-status-epilepticus-in-a-patient-with-acute-onset-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-associated-with-severe-kidney-dysfunction-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Nobumasa Ohara, Ryo Koda, Hirofumi Watanabe, Noriaki Iino, Kazumasa Ohashi, Kenshi Terajima, Tetsutaro Ozawa, Yohei Ikeda, Hiroshi Sekiguchi, Hitomi Ohashi, Seigo Yamaguchi
A 65-year-old Japanese man with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) developed acute-onset type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) that was associated with severe acute kidney injury and was manifested by generalized tonic-clonic status epilepticus. His seizures resolved without recurrence after correcting the diabetic ketoacidosis. Although hyperglycemia is an important cause of acute symptomatic seizure (ASS), patients with ketotic hyperglycemia develop ASS less frequently. In this T1D case with CKD, severe hyperglycemia in conjunction with other metabolic insults, such as uremia, hyponatremia, and hypocalcemia, probably provoked his seizure despite the severe ketonemia...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766407/anticonvulsant-effects-of-thiamine-on-pentylenetetrazole-induced-seizure-in-mice
#16
Azam Mesdaghinia, Marziye Alinejad, Alireza Abed, Azhdar Heydari, Hamid Reza Banafshe
OBJECTIVES: Thiamine serves as a cofactor for several enzymes involved in brain function and neurotransmitters biosynthesis. Thiamine-dependent enzymes are important for oxidant stress defenses. Several studies have reported that thiamine deficiency in the central nervous system reduces seizure threshold. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of acute and chronic administration of thiamine alone and in combination with sub-effective dose of diazepam on pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced tonic-clonic seizures in mice...
August 2, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762609/postural-change-in-convulsive-seizures-a-retrospective-review-of-video-eeg-recordings
#17
Jane Rigg, Kimberley Irwin, Fred Tremayne, David Reutens
OBJECTIVES: Prone position has been identified as an important risk factor for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) raising the possibility of avoidance of this posture in sleep as a preventative measure. To evaluate the potential utility of such postural measures, we studied patterns of postural change during generalised tonic clonic seizures (GTCSs). METHODS: Video electroencephalographic (video-EEG) recordings for patients undergoing investigations at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital between 2005 and 2013 were reviewed independently by two raters...
August 1, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761039/atrio-esophageal-fistula-a-case-series-and-literature-review
#18
Craig A Schuring, Luke J Mountjoy, Ashley B Priaulx, Robert J Schneider, Hayden L Smith, Geoffrey C Wall, Dipen Kadaria, Amik Sodhi
BACKGROUND Percutaneous catheter radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and cryoablation of the left atrium and pulmonary vein ostia have become successful therapeutic modalities in the management of atrial fibrillation. Atrio-esophageal fistula is a rare complication. Awareness of complication risk is imperative because without prompt diagnosis and urgent surgical intervention, the outcome is often fatal. We present 3 cases of atrio-esophageal fistula following percutaneous catheter radiofrequency ablation (RFA). CASE REPORT Case 1: A 72-year old white male presented 27 days after percutaneous RFA for atrial fibrillation with fever, altered mental status, and melena...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759750/neuropharmacological-and-neuroprotective-activities-of-some-metabolites-produced-by-cell-suspension-culture-of-waltheria-americana-linn
#19
Jorge Mundo, Juana Villeda-Hernández, Maribel Herrera-Ruiz, María Del Carmen Gutiérrez, Jesús Arellano-García, Ismael León-Rivera, Irene Perea-Arango
Waltheria americana is a plant used in Mexican traditional medicine to treat some nervous system disorders. The aims of the present study were to isolate and determine the neuropharmacological and neurprotective activities of metabolites produced by a cell suspension culture of Waltheria americana. Submerged cultivation of W. americana cells provided biomass. A methanol-soluble extract (WAsc) was obtained from biomass. WAsc was fractionated yielding the chromatographic fractions 4WAsc-H2O and WAsc-CH2Cl2. For the determination of anticonvulsant activity in vivo, seizures were induced in mice by pentylenetetrazol (PTZ)...
July 28, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753046/levetiracetam-in-toxic-seizures
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Ted Lee, Brandon J Warrick, Preeyaporn Sarangarm, Robert L Alunday, Silas Bussmann, Susan C Smolinske, Steven A Seifert
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The use of levetiracetam (LEV) in the management of drug-induced seizures has not been systematically investigated. Repetitive and continuous seizures that do not respond to benzodiazepines require second line therapy. Levetiracetam has a unique receptor binding site, rapid absorption, no known cardiac effects at therapeutic doses, and is theoretically a good candidate for use in drug-induced seizures. We evaluate the safety of LEV and its association with seizure cessation in this retrospective chart review of patients who received LEV as a control agent in drug-induced seizures...
July 28, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
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