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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894945/successful-treatment-of-refractory-status-epilepticus-using-anterior-thalamic-nuclei-deep-brain-stimulation
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Ching-Yi Lee, Siew-Na Lim, Tony Wu, Shih-Tseng Lee
BACKGROUND: Refractory status epilepticus(RSE) is considered a medical emergency in neurology and is related to a high mortality rate. We report a successfully treated case of RSE using deep brain stimulation (DBS) at the anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN). METHOD: Report concerning the resolution of RSE after DBS of the ATN in a 17-year-old woman RESULT: This patient developed RSE due to progressive seizure activity. RSE with generalized tonic-clonic seizures was noted two weeks prior to admission...
November 25, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893674/relapsing-remitting-lesions-in-a-woman-with-progressive-hemifacial-atrophy-and-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-a-case-report
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Ying Zhang, Mingqin Zhu, Xiaozhen Li, Jing Miao, Chenchen Duan, Li Cui, Xuefan Yu
INTRODUCTION: Progressive hemifacial atrophy (PHA) is a rare disorder characterized by unilateral facial atrophy affecting the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and fat, muscle, and osteocartilagenous structures creating a sunken hemiface appearance.Etiopathogenesis of PHA is poorly understood; no definitive treatment is currently available. CLINICAL FINDINGS: We report a 41-year-old woman with PHA who showed an uncharacteristic "relapsing-remitting" evolution of brain lesions and was seropositive for hepatitis B virus (HBV)...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889818/somatosensory-reflex-seizures-in-a-child-with-epilepsy-related-to-novel-scn1a-mutation
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Pinar Arican, Nihal Olgac Dundar, Dilek Cavusoglu, Taha Resid Ozdemır, Pinar Gencpinar
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in SCN1A have been reported in patients with different types of epilepsy, including generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus, severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy, malignant migrating partial seizures in infancy, and other infantile epileptic encephalopathies. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 10-month-old girl presented with reflex epileptic seizures provoked by somatosensory stimuli with a novel de novo mutation of SCN1A gene. She was observed to have seizures with eye deviation, unresponsiveness provoked by somatosensory stimuli of the face...
November 26, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888506/rapid-and-safe-response-to-low-dose-carbamazepine-in-neonatal-epilepsy
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Tristan T Sands, Martina Balestri, Giulia Bellini, Sarah B Mulkey, Olivier Danhaive, Eliza Hayes Bakken, Maurizio Taglialatela, Michael S Oldham, Federico Vigevano, Gregory L Holmes, Maria Roberta Cilio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate treatment responses in benign familial neonatal epilepsy (BFNE). METHODS: We recruited patients with BFNE through a multicenter international collaboration and reviewed electroclinical and genetic details, and treatment response. All patients were tested at minimum for mutations/deletions in the KCNQ2, KCNQ3, and SCN2A genes. RESULTS: Nineteen patients were included in this study. A family history of neonatal seizures was positive in 16 patients, and one additional patient had a family history of infantile seizures...
November 26, 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886630/the-role-of-antiepileptic-drugs-in-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy
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Dag Aurlien, Leif Gjerstad, Erik Taubøll
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) primarily affects young adults and is the leading cause of death related directly to seizures. High frequency of generalized tonic-clonic seizures is the most important risk factor, and effective seizure protection is probably the most important measure to prevent these tragic deaths. For several years a potential role of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) has been discussed, but at present there is wide agreement that choice of AED therapy does not influence the risk. However, although it is well known that the efficacy and safety profiles of AEDs may differ significantly when used in the treatment of genetic epilepsy compared to symptomatic or cryptogenic epilepsy, this has generally been overlooked in epidemiologic studies of possible relationships between AEDs and SUDEP...
November 14, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886560/serum-metalloproteinase-9-levels-increase-after-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures
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Agnieszka Cudna, Anna Jopowicz, Paweł Mierzejewski, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska
Metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) is a member of a family of enzymes that mediate the degradation of extracellular matrix proteins, and is especially involved in blood-brain barrier maintenance. Increased levels of MMP9 have been observed in many neurological disorders, including epilepsy, suggesting it may be involved in the pathogenesis of seizures. We investigated changes in MMP9 serum levels after acute seizures in epilepsy patients. Concentrations of MMP9 in serum were measured by ELISA in 43 patients 1-3, 24, and 72h after generalized tonic-clonic seizure and once in participants of the control group...
November 16, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881589/metastatic-melanoma-after-23%C3%A2-years-of-primary-ocular-melanoma
#7
Supriya Ramesh Karde, Prashant Ramesh Bhand, Nagabathula Ramesh, Sacchin Arockiam
We describe a case of 52-year-old man who presented with an episode of tonic-clonic seizures. He had right ocular melanoma 23 years ago with subsequent enucleation which was the standard treatment at that time. CT scans of the brain and of the thorax-abdomen-pelvis revealed widespread metastatic lesions in the brain, lung and liver. Further investigations including bronchoscopy with cytopathology uncovered that the metastatic disease was a recurrence of ocular melanoma. He received palliative radiotherapy and died 6 months later...
November 23, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876397/efficacy-of-sodium-channel-blockers-in-scn2a-early-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Robertino Dilena, Pasquale Striano, Elena Gennaro, Laura Bassi, Sara Olivotto, Laura Tadini, Fabio Mosca, Sergio Barbieri, Federico Zara, Monica Fumagalli
BACKGROUND: Recent clinical evidence supports a targeted therapeutic approach for genetic epileptic encephalopathies based on the molecular dysfunction. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: A 2-day-old male infant presented with epileptic encephalopathy characterized by burst-suppression EEG background and tonic-clonic migrating partial seizures. The condition was refractory to phenobarbital, pyridoxine, pyridoxal phosphate and levetiracetam, but a dramatic response to an intravenous loading dose of phenytoin was documented by video-EEG monitoring...
November 19, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876395/massive-lamotrigine-poisoning-a-case-report
#9
Salvatore Grosso, Silvia Ferranti, Carla Gaggiano, Elisabetta Grande, Barbara Loi, Rosanna Di Bartolo
Lamotrigine (LTG) represents the most commonly prescribed of the so-called new generation antiepileptic drugs. We describe a child who was admitted to the emergency room because of generalized tonic-clonic status epilepticus followed by a complex neurological picture with hyperkinesia and acute ataxia as a result of a LTG intoxication. The experience on acute LTG intoxication is very limited in pediatrics. The present case provides information on the clinical picture related to LTG overdose and confirms that drug intoxications should be considered in the differential diagnosis strategy when severe and polymorphic neurological symptoms occur acutely...
November 19, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876179/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-peri-ictal-autonomic-changes-in-children-with-temporal-lobe-seizures
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Mark Whealy, Elaine Wirrell, Lily Wong-Kisiel, Katherine Nickels, Eric T Payne
BACKGROUND: We determined the prevalence of signs and symptoms of autonomic dysfunction in seizures of temporal lobe onset in children. METHODS: We evaluated the prevalence and risk factors of peri-ictal autonomic changes in temporal lobe onset seizures in children from a single-center pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit between June 1, 2009 and October 31, 2013. Age, gender, epilepsy etiology, current antiepileptic drug therapy, ictal electroencephalographic lateralization, brain magnetic resonance imaging results, and the presence of generalized tonic-clonic seizures over the preceding year were recorded from medical record review...
October 11, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869305/analysis-of-falls-in-patients-with-epilepsy-enrolled-in-the-perampanel-phase-iii-randomized-double-blind-studies
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Ilo E Leppik, Haichen Yang, Betsy Williams, Sharon Zhou, Randi Fain, Anna Patten, Francesco Bibbiani, Antonio Laurenza
OBJECTIVE: To analyze occurrence of falls among patients with partial seizures, with/without secondarily generalized seizures (SGS), and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures (PGTCS) in the perampanel phase III clinical studies. METHODS: Studies 304, 305, and 306 randomized subjects (≥12 years) with drug-resistant partial seizures (with/without SGS) to perampanel 2, 4, 8, or 12 mg or placebo for double-blind treatment. The adverse event (AE) of falls was analyzed in the Safety Analysis Set (N = 1480)...
November 21, 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863026/design-and-synthesis-of-selurampanel-a-novel-orally-active-and-competitive-ampa-receptor-antagonist
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David Orain, Engin Tasdelen, Samuel Haessig, Manuel Koller, Anne Picard, Celine Dubois, Kurt Lingenhoehl, Sandrine Desrayaud, Phillip Floersheim, David Carcache, Stephan Urwyler, Joerg Kallen, Henri Mattes
A series of potent quinazolinedione sulfonamide antagonists of the α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid (AMPA) receptor were designed and synthesized. The structure-activity relationships (SAR) and in vivo activity of the series were investigated. In particular, compound 1 S (selurampanel; N-[7-isopropyl-6-(2-methylpyrazol-3-yl)-2,4-dioxo-1H-quinazolin-3-yl]methanesulfonamide) has shown excellent oral potency against maximal electroshock seizure (MES)-induced generalized tonic-clonic seizures in rodents as well as significant activity in patients suffering from various forms of epilepsy...
November 15, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849392/effects-of-nigella-sativa-on-apoptosis-and-gabaa-receptor-density-in-cerebral-cortical-and-hippocampal-neurons-in-pentylenetetrazol-induced-kindling-in-rats
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I Meral, M Esrefoglu, K A Dar, S Ustunova, M S Aydin, M Demirtas, Y Arifoglu
We investigated the effects of Nigella sativa on apoptosis and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABAA) receptor density in cerebral cortical and hippocampal neurons in a pentylenetetrazol (PTZ)-induced kindling model in rats. The PTZ kindling model was produced by injecting PTZ in subconvulsive doses to rats on days 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22 and 24 of the study into animals of PTZ treated (PTZ) and PTZ + N. sativa treated (PTZ + NS) groups. Clonic and tonic seizures were induced by injecting a convulsive dose of PTZ on day 26 of the study...
November 2016: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848124/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-and-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-associated-with-intracranial-hypotension
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Katharina Feil, Robert Forbrig, Franziska S Thaler, Julian Conrad, Suzette Heck, Franziska Dorn, Hans-Walter Pfister, Andreas Straube
BACKGROUND: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) and posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) are both rare disorders. The pathophysiology of both diseases is not yet fully understood. METHODS: We report the unique case of a 19-year-old comatose woman who was brought to the ER after a series of generalized tonic-clonic seizures 6 days post peridural anesthesia for cesarean section. Vital signs and initial laboratory testing including urine analysis and drug screening were unremarkable...
November 15, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843503/review-cav2-3-r-type-voltage-gated-ca-2-channels-functional-implications-in-convulsive-and-non-convulsive-seizure-activity
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Carola Wormuth, Andreas Lundt, Christina Henseler, Ralf Müller, Karl Broich, Anna Papazoglou, Marco Weiergräber
BACKGROUND: Researchers have gained substantial insight into mechanisms of synaptic transmission, hyperexcitability, excitotoxicity and neurodegeneration within the last decades. Voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels are of central relevance in these processes. In particular, they are key elements in the etiopathogenesis of numerous seizure types and epilepsies. Earlier studies predominantly targeted on Cav2.1 P/Q-type and Cav3.2 T-type Ca(2+) channels relevant for absence epileptogenesis. Recent findings bring other channels entities more into focus such as the Cav2...
2016: Open Neurology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832686/dantrolene-a-selective-ryanodine-receptor-antagonist-protects-against-pentylenetetrazole-induced-seizure-in-mice
#16
Mojtaba Keshavarz, Morteza Fotouhi, Alireza Rasti
Ryanodine receptor abnormalities has implicated in the generation and maintenance of seizure. Dantrolene, a selective ryanodine receptor antagonist, may be a potential drug for the prevention of seizure. Therefore, we aimed to clarify the protective effects of dantrolene against pentylenetetrazole seizure in mice. Male albino mice were received an intra-peritoneal injection of pentylenetetrazole (80 mg/kg) in seven separate groups (n=8). We used dantrolene (10,20 and 40 mg/kg), caffeine (200 mg/kg), dantrolene (40 mg/kg) + caffeine (200 mg/kg), diazepam (5 mg/kg as a positive control) and vehicle 30 minutes before the injection of pentylenetetrazole...
September 2016: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823948/amelioration-of-intractable-epilepsy-by-adjunct-vagus-nerve-stimulation-therapy-in-a-girl-with-a-cdkl5-mutation
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Shimpei Baba, Yuji Sugawara, Kengo Moriyama, Motoki Inaji, Taketoshi Maehara, Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Tomohiro Morio
We report the case of on an 8-year-old girl with a cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 mutation and who underwent vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy for 2years. She had developed epilepsy at the age of 6months and had severe developmental delays. Initially, she had tonic and tonic-clonic seizures; however, around the age of 5years, she also developed epileptic spasms. These seizures were never completely controlled by conventional medical treatments. At the age of 7, after VNS initiation, her seizure frequency markedly reduced, and abnormal electrical activities on her electroencephalography tests strikingly decreased...
November 4, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817982/from-genotype-to-phenotype-in-dravet-disease
#18
Svetlana Gataullina, Olivier Dulac
Dravet syndrome combines clonic generalized, focal or unilateral seizures, beginning within the first year of life, often triggered by hyperthermia whatever its cause, including pertussis vaccination. Long-lasting febrile seizures are frequent in infancy and repeat status epilepticus (SE) has negative prognostic value. Massive myoclonus, rare absences, complex partial seizures and generalized spikes may appear several years later. Myoclonic status may occur in childhood, but acute encephalopathy with febrile SE followed by ischemic lesions and psychomotor impairment, the most severe condition, occurs mainly within the first five years of life...
October 21, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813062/poor-versus-rich-children-with-epilepsy-have-the-same-clinical-course-and-remission-rates-but-a-less-favorable-social-outcome-a-population-based-study-with-25%C3%A2-years-of-follow-up
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Carol Camfield, Peter Camfield, Bruce Smith
OBJECTIVE: To explore the influence of several estimates of family socioeconomic status on the long-term clinical course and social outcomes of children with epilepsy. METHODS: The Nova Scotia childhood epilepsy cohort is population based and includes all children in this Canadian province who developed epilepsy between 1977 and 1985. Eligible patients had ≥10 years of follow-up. Children with childhood absence epilepsy were excluded. Total family income at seizure onset was assessed at seizure onset and classified as "poor" (first quintile), "adequate" (second to third quintiles), and "well-off" (fourth to fifth quintiles)...
November 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810517/changes-in-vagus-nerve-activity-associated-with-ictal-tachycardia-in-pigs
#20
Cristian Sevcencu, Thomas N Nielsen, Johannes J Struijk
OBJECTIVE: Ictal tachycardia (IT) is common and may pave the way towards cardiac conditions with high risk potential. However, the mechanisms of IT remain obscure and therefore difficult to control. For example, whereas IT is associated with a sympathetic surge, it is unclear why the IT effects are not opposed by baroreflex cardiac inhibition during seizures. As the vagus nerves (VN) are main mediators for such baroreflexes, this study was performed to investigate the VN activity in IT...
October 25, 2016: Epilepsy Research
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