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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240353/carbamazepine-versus-phenytoin-monotherapy-for-epilepsy-an-individual-participant-data-review
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REVIEW
Sarah J Nevitt, Anthony G Marson, Jennifer Weston, Catrin Tudur Smith
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane Review published in Issue 2, 2002 and its subsequent updates in 2010 and 2015.Epilepsy is a common neurological condition in which recurrent, unprovoked seizures are caused by abnormal electrical discharges from the brain. It is believed that with effective drug treatment, up to 70% of individuals with active epilepsy have the potential to become seizure-free and go into long-term remission shortly after starting drug therapy with a single antiepileptic drug in monotherapy...
February 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238966/managing-lafora-body-disease-with-vagal-nerve-stimulation
#2
Mohamad A Mikati, Faysal Tabbara
A 17-year-old female, of consanguineous parents, presented with a history of seizures and cognitive decline since the age of 12 years. She had absence, focal dyscognitive, generalized myoclonic, and generalized tonic-clonic seizures, all of which were drug resistant. The diagnosis of Lafora body disease was made based on a compatible clinical, EEG, seizure semiology picture and a disease-causing homozygous mutation in the EPM2A gene. A vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) was inserted and well tolerated with a steady decrease and then stabilization in seizure frequency during the six months following insertion (months 1-6)...
February 22, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237319/epilepsy-treatment-in-adults-and-adolescents-expert-opinion-2016
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REVIEW
Jerry J Shih, Julia B Whitlock, Nicole Chimato, Emily Vargas, Steven C Karceski, Ryan D Frank
INTRODUCTION: There are over twenty anti-seizure medications and anti-seizure devices available commercially in the United States. The multitude of treatment options for seizures can present a challenge to clinicians, especially those who are not subspecialists in the epilepsy field. Many clinical questions are not adequately answered in double-blind randomized controlled studies. In the presence of a knowledge gap, many clinicians consult a respected colleague with acknowledged expertise in the field...
February 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236697/budget-impact-of-perampanel-as-adjunctive-treatment-of-uncontrolled-partial-onset-and-primary-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-in-the-united-states
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Gabriel Tremblay, Victoria Barghout, Vardhaman Patel, Wan Tsong, Zhixiao Wang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the budget impact (BI) of adopting perampanel for adjunctive treatment of partial-onset seizures (POS), with or without secondarily generalized seizures, and the adjunctive treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures (PGTCS) in patients 12years or older in the United States. METHODS: A BI model was developed to estimate the potential BI of adopting adjunctive perampanel from a US payer (direct costs only) and societal (direct and indirect costs) perspective over a 5-year period...
February 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230208/optogenetic-activation-of-vglut2-expressing-excitatory-neurons-blocks-epileptic-seizure-like-activity-in-the-mouse-entorhinal-cortex
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Latefa Yekhlef, Gian Luca Breschi, Stefano Taverna
We investigated whether an anti-epileptic effect is obtained by selectively activating excitatory neurons expressing ChR2 under the promoter for the synaptic vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2). VGLUT2-expressing cells were optically stimulated while local field potential and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were performed in mouse entorhinal cortical slices perfused with the proconvulsive compound 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). In control conditions, blue light flashes directly depolarized the majority of putative glutamatergic cells, which in turn synaptically excited GABAergic interneurons...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228434/sagittal-sinus-thrombosis-in-jak2-v617f-mutation-without-overt-myeloproliferative-disorder
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Prashant Ramesh Bhand, Supriya Ramesh Karde, Nagabathula Ramesh
We describe a case of a man aged 41 years who presented with a history of generalised headaches for 1 week and an acute episode of tonic-clonic seizures. He had no history of medical illness, was non-smoker, with an extensive family history of haematological disorders. Initial CT brain with contrast did not show any abnormalities in brain parenchyma. X-ray and CT right shoulder showed shoulder dislocation secondary to trauma associated with seizure prior to hospital admission. Subsequently, MRA and MRV brain was arranged, which revealed extensive expansible occlusive filling defect dominating the middle of superior sagittal sinus with left frontal cortical and subcortical acute oedema...
February 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223092/obestatin-improves-oxidative-brain-damage-and-memory-dysfunction-in-rats-induced-with-an-epileptic-seizure
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Türkan Koyuncuoğlu, Caner Vızdıklar, Doğan Üren, Hakan Yılmaz, Çağan Yıldırım, Sefa Semih Atal, Dilek Akakın, Elif Kervancıoğlu Demirci, Meral Yüksel, Berrak Ç Yeğen
Obestatin was shown to alleviate renal, gastrointestinal and haemorrhage-induced brain injury in rats. In order to investigate the neuroprotective effects of obestatin on seizure-induced oxidative brain injury, an epileptic seizure was induced with a single intraperitoneal (i.p.) dose of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ, 45mg/kg) in male Wistar rats. Thirty minutes before the PTZ injection, rats were treated with either saline or obestatin (1μg/kg, i.p.). Seizure was video-taped and then evaluated by using Racine's scoring (0-5)...
February 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220103/hippocampal-damage-and-atrophy-secondary-to-status-epilepticus-in-a-patient-with-schizophrenia
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Elaine Keiko Fujisao, Nathalia Raquel Cristaldo, Aline Marques da Silva Braga, Paulina Rodrigues Cunha, Seizo Yamashita, Luiz Eduardo Betting
A 59-year-old man was admitted with respiratory tract infection, compromised conscience and generalized tonic-clonic seizures. His medical history included schizophrenia diagnosis, for which he had been being treated since he was 27 years old. EEG disclosed non-convulsive status epilepticus. A magnetic resonance image (MRI) acquired 3 days later showed increased left hippocampal volume with hyperintensity on T2-weighted and FLAIR sequences. After being treated with antibiotics and antiepileptic medications, the patient's condition improved...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215998/photosensitivity-in-generalized-epilepsies
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REVIEW
Shervonne Poleon, Jerzy P Szaflarski
Photosensitivity, which is the hallmark of photosensitive epilepsy (PSE), is described as an abnormal EEG response to visual stimuli known as a photoparoxysmal response (PPR). The PPR is a well-recognized phenomenon, occurring in 2-14% of patients with epilepsy but its pathophysiology is not clearly understood. PPR is electrographically described as 2-5Hz spike, spike-wave, or slow wave complexes with frontal and paracentral prevalence. Diagnosis of PPR is confirmed using intermittent photic stimulation (IPS) as well as video monitoring...
February 16, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210513/seizure-following-the-use-of-the-cox-2-inhibitor-etoricoxib
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Valentina Arnao, Marianna Riolo, Brigida Fierro, Paolo Aridon
We describe a case of epileptic seizures occurring after the use of a COX-2 inhibitor. A 61-year-old man was admitted to our department because of a generalized tonic-clonic seizure. EEG showed generalized slowdown of the activity. Neuroimaging and blood samples studies did not evidence alterations, but a careful pharmacological history revealed that the patient had taken the COX-2 inhibitor etoricoxib to treat lumbago few days before the onset of clinical symptoms. No seizures were reported after etoricoxib discontinuation and an EEG resulted to be normal two months after this...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209305/initial-vasodilatation-in-a-child-with-reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome
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Yoshitsugu Oikawa, Yukimune Okubo, Yurika Numata-Uematsu, Yu Aihara, Taro Kitamura, Masaru Takayanagi, Yukitoshi Takahashi, Shigeo Kure, Mitsugu Uematsu
We describe the case of a 10-year-old boy who developed reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) after cerebellitis. He received intravenous immunoglobulin and methylprednisolone to treat the cerebellitis. However, he then presented with a sudden severe headache, vomiting, and generalized tonic-clonic seizure. Brain magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) initially revealed diffuse cerebral vasodilatations, and diffuse multifocal segmental vasoconstrictions developed several days later. His clinical symptoms gradually resolved after several days, in the absence of any specific therapy...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203564/neurotoxicity-following-the-ingestion-of-bilimbi-fruit-averrhoa-bilimbi-in-an-end-stage-renal-disease-patient-on-hemodialysis
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Camille Pereira Caetano, Cinara Barros de Sá, Bruno Antônio Paixão Faleiros, Marcelo Fonseca Coutinho Fernandes Gomes, Edna Regina Silva Pereira
INTRODUCTION: The toxic effects of the ingestion of star fruit (Averrhoa carambola) in chronic kidney disease patients are well described in the literature. Recently, the compound caramboxin has been isolated, explaining the mechanisms of its neurotoxicity. Bilimbi fruit belongs to the family Oxalidaceae, Averrhoa bilimbi species, and exhibits similar biochemical characteristics to star fruit. OBJECTIVE: To report the case of a patient with chronic kidney disease who developed a seizure disorder after the ingestion of bilimbi fruit...
January 2017: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195639/ethosuximide-sodium-valproate-or-lamotrigine-for-absence-seizures-in-children-and-adolescents
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REVIEW
Francesco Brigo, Stanley C Igwe
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review originally published in 2003, Issue 3, and updated in 2005, Issue 4.Absence seizures are brief epileptic seizures which present in childhood and adolescence. Depending on clinical features and electroencephalogram (EEG) findings they are divided into typical, atypical absences, and absences with special features. Typical absences are characterised by sudden loss of awareness and an EEG typically shows generalised spike wave discharges at three cycles per second...
February 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193110/pontine-tegmental-cap-dysplasia-in-an-extremely-preterm-infant-and-review-of-the-literature
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Sylvie Picker-Minh, Sebastian Hartenstein, Hans Proquitté, Sebastian Fröhler, Vera Raile, Nadine Kraemer, Sarah Apeshiotis, Michael Leipoldt, Karim D Kalache, Deborah Morris-Rosendahl, Eugen Boltshauser, Wei Chen, Angela M Kaindl
Pontine tegmental cap dysplasia is a rare hindbrain malformation syndrome with a hypoplastic pons, a tissue protrusion into the fourth ventricle, and cranial nerve dysfunction. We here report clinical, imaging, and genetic findings of the first extremely low-birth-weight preterm infant with pontine tegmental cap dysplasia born at 25 weeks of gestation and provide an overview of 29 sporadic cases. A prenatally diagnosed hypoplastic and rostrally shifted cerebellum was indicative of a hindbrain defect and later identified as an early sign of pontine tegmental cap dysplasia in our patient...
March 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179084/corrigendum-to-influence-of-caffeine-on-the-protective-activity-of-gabapentin-and-topiramate-in-a-mouse-model-of-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-pharmacol-rep-68-2016-680-685
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Małgorzata Jargiełło-Baszak, Magdalena Chrościńska-Krawczyk, Marta Andres-Mach, Jarogniew J Łuszczki, Stanisław J Czuczwar
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February 5, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173649/-a-novel-mutation-in-kcnb1-gene-in-a-child-with-neuropsychiatric-comorbidities-with-both-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy-and-review-of-literature
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P Miao, J Peng, C Chen, N Gai, F Yin
Objective: To explore the association between the phenotype and KCNB1 gene mutation. Method: Clinical information including physical features, laboratory and genetic data of one patient of mental retardation with refractory epilepsy from Department of Pediatrics, Xiangya Hospital in January 2016 was analyzed. This patient was discovered to have KCNB1 gene mutations through whole exome sequencing. Relevant information about KCNB1 gene mutation was searched and collected from Pubmed, CNKI, Human Gene Mutation Database(HGMD) and Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man(OMIM)...
February 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166365/perampanel-in-12-patients-with-unverricht-lundborg-disease
#17
Arielle Crespel, Philippe Gelisse, Ngoc Phuong Loc Tang, Pierre Genton
OBJECTIVE: Perampanel (PER) was used in 12 patients with Unverricht-Lundborg disease (ULD) to evaluate its efficacy against myoclonus and seizures. METHODS: We treated 11 patients with EPM1 mutations (6 F, 5 M, aged 13-62 years) and a 43-year-old man with de novo KCNC1 mutation. PER was introduced by 2 mg steps at 2-4 week intervals until 6 mg/day, with a possible dose reduction or dose increase. RESULTS: Ten patients had a clear clinical response of myoclonus, and five were able to reduce concomitant therapy...
February 6, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163232/prognostic-significance-of-clinical-seizures-after-cardiac-arrest-and-target-temperature-management
#18
Anna Lybeck, Hans Friberg, Anders Aneman, Christian Hassager, Janneke Horn, Jesper Kjærgaard, Michael Kuiper, Niklas Nielsen, Susann Ullén, Matthew P Wise, Erik Westhall, Tobias Cronberg
AIM: Clinical seizures are common after cardiac arrest and predictive of a poor neurological outcome. Seizures may be myoclonic, tonic-clonic or a combination of seizure types. This study reports the incidence and prognostic significance of clinical seizures in the target temperature management (TTM) after cardiac arrest trial. Our hypotheses were that seizures are associated with a poor prognosis and that the incidence of seizures is not affected by the target temperature. METHODS: Post-hoc analysis of reported clinical seizures during day 1-7 in the TTM-trial including their treatment, EEG-findings, and long-term neurological outcome...
February 3, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162874/deconstructing-fahr-s-disease-syndrome-of-brain-calcification-in-the-era-of-new-genes
#19
REVIEW
Amit Batla, Xin You Tai, Lucia Schottlaender, Robert Erro, Bettina Balint, Kailash P Bhatia
INTRODUCTION: There are now a number genes, known to be associated with familial primary brain calcification (PFBC), causing the so called 'Fahr's' disease or syndrome. These are SCL20A2, PDGFB, PDGFRB and XPR1. In this systematic review, we analyse the clinical and radiological features reported in genetically confirmed cases with PFBC. We have additionally reviewed pseudohypoparathyroidism which is a close differential diagnosis of PFBC in clinical presentation and is also genetically determined...
December 27, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157601/prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-refractory-idiopathic-generalized-epilepsy
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A Gomez-Ibañez, R S McLachlan, S M Mirsattari, D C Diosy, J G Burneo
OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) is an epileptic condition with good response to antiepileptic drugs (AED). Major syndromes are epilepsy with generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) alone, absence epilepsy and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. However, clinical practice shows drug-resistant patients. Endpoint is to identify clinical features related with refractoriness in IGE and in its each individual syndrome. METHODS: We retrospectively collected 279 consecutive patients with IGE assessed in the Epilepsy Clinic of our institution...
February 2017: Epilepsy Research
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