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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449285/research-review-childhood-chronic-physical-illness-and-adult-emotional-health-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ekin Secinti, Ellen J Thompson, Marcus Richards, Darya Gaysina
BACKGROUND: Childhood chronic physical illness is associated with a greater vulnerability for emotional problems (i.e. depression and anxiety) in childhood. However, little is known about life-long effects of childhood chronic physical illness on mental health. The present study aims to systematically review evidence for associations between eight chronic physical illnesses with childhood onset (arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic renal failure, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes, and epilepsy) and adult emotional problems...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448686/plasma-cytokines-associated-with-febrile-status-epilepticus-in-children-a-potential-biomarker-for-acute-hippocampal-injury
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William B Gallentine, Shlomo Shinnar, Dale C Hesdorffer, Leon Epstein, Douglas R Nordli, Darrell V Lewis, L Matthew Frank, Syndi Seinfeld, Ruth C Shinnar, Karen Cornett, Binyi Liu, Solomon L Moshé, Shumei Sun
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to explore the association between plasma cytokines and febrile status epilepticus (FSE) in children, as well as their potential as biomarkers of acute hippocampal injury. METHODS: Analysis was performed on residual samples of children with FSE (n = 33) as part of the Consequences of Prolonged Febrile Seizures in Childhood study (FEBSTAT) and compared to children with fever (n = 17). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was obtained as part of FEBSTAT within 72 h of FSE...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448680/22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-lowers-seizure-threshold-in-adult-patients-without-epilepsy
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Robert G Wither, Felippe Borlot, Alex MacDonald, Nancy J Butcher, Eva W C Chow, Anne S Bassett, Danielle M Andrade
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies examining seizures in patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) have focused primarily on children and adolescents. In this study we investigated the prevalence and characteristics of seizures and epilepsy in an adult 22q11.2DS population. METHODS: The medical records of 202 adult patients with 22q11.2DS were retrospectively reviewed for documentation of seizures, electroencephalography (EEG) reports, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447214/eeg-abnormalities-and-long-term-seizure-outcome-in-high-functioning-autism
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Özdem Ertürk Çetin, Barış Korkmaz, Gülce Alev, Veysi Demirbilek
Electroencephalographic abnormalities may occur in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) even in the absence of clinical seizures. These abnormalities may vary from nonspecific changes to epileptiform abnormalities and are more common compared to the overall population. The level of intelligence is a significant risk factor for epilepsy in ASD. However, the relation between the functionality of the individuals with autism and the electroencephalographic (EEG) abnormalities, and the clinical significance of these abnormalities still remain relatively unclear...
April 26, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446244/ketogenic-diet-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-children-under-the-age-of-2-years-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Siobhan Titre-Johnson, Natasha Schoeler, Christin Eltze, Ruth Williams, Katharina Vezyroglou, Helen McCullagh, Nick Freemantle, Simon Heales, Rachel Kneen, Louise Marston, Tim Martland, Irwin Nazareth, Elizabeth Neal, Andrew Lux, Alasdair Parker, Shakti Agrawal, Penny Fallon, J Helen Cross
BACKGROUND: The incidence of epilepsy is greatest in the first 2 years of life, an age group where there is generally a poor prognosis for both seizure control and neurodevelopmental outcome. Early control of seizures can be associated with better developmental outcome but many of the epilepsies presenting in infancy are poorly responsive to antiepileptic medication. The ketogenic diet (KD) is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet designed to mimic the effects of starvation on the body. Dietary fat is converted into ketones in the body and used as an energy source by the brain...
April 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441825/-progressive-cavitating-leukoencephalopathy-four-cases-and-literatures-review
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C H Ren, F Fang, H Cheng, C H Ding, C H Chen, Y J Zhang, D M Shen
Objective: To analyze the clinical and genetic features of progressive cavitating leukoencephalopathy (PCL). Method: The data of clinical and genetic features of 4 PCL patients diagnosed by Beijing Children's Hospital between January 2015 and January 2016 were analyzed. The cases with complete clinical data retrieved on literature search at China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data Knowledge Service Platform and PubMed (up to August 2016) by using search terms of"NDUFV1" ,"NDUFS1" , or"leukoencephalopathy" , were summarized...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439889/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Malika Delobel-Ayoub, Dana Klapouszczak, Marit Maria Elisabeth van Bakel, Karen Horridge, Solveig Sigurdardottir, Kate Himmelmann, Catherine Arnaud
AIM: To evaluate the prevalence of co-occurring autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among children with cerebral palsy (CP), and to describe their characteristics. METHOD: The data of 1225 CP cases from four population-based registers (Iceland, Sweden, and two in France) and one population-based surveillance programme (North East England, UK) participating in the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe Network (SCPE) were analysed. The ASD diagnoses were systematically recorded using category F84 of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision...
April 25, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438841/practice-guideline-summary-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-incidence-rates-and-risk-factors-report-of-the-guideline-development-dissemination-and-implementation-subcommittee-of-the-american-academy-of-neurology-and-the-american-epilepsy-society
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Cynthia Harden, Torbjörn Tomson, David Gloss, Jeffrey Buchhalter, J Helen Cross, Elizabeth Donner, Jacqueline A French, Anthony Gil-Nagel, Dale C Hesdorffer, W Henry Smithson, Mark C Spitz, Thaddeus S Walczak, Josemir W Sander, Philippe Ryvlin
OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence rates of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in different epilepsy populations and address the question of whether risk factors for SUDEP have been identified. METHODS: Systematic review of evidence; modified Grading Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation process for developing conclusions; recommendations developed by consensus. RESULTS: Findings for incidence rates based on 12 Class I studies include the following: SUDEP risk in children with epilepsy (aged 0-17 years) is 0...
April 25, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437682/sleep-problems-in-pediatric-epilepsy-and-adhd-the-impact-of-comorbidity
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Ozalp Ekinci, Çetin Okuyaz, Serkan Gunes, Nuran Ekinci, Merve Kalınlı, Muhammet Emin Tan, Halenur Teke, Meltem Çobanoğulları Direk, Semra Erdoğan
AIMS: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a frequent comorbidity in pediatric epilepsy. Although sleep problems are commonly reported in both children with primary ADHD and epilepsy, those with epilepsy-ADHD comorbidity have not been well studied. This study aimed to compare sleep problems among three groups of children: 1) children with epilepsy, 2) children with epilepsy and ADHD (epilepsy-ADHD), and 3) children with primary ADHD. METHODS: 53 children with epilepsy, 35 children with epilepsy-ADHD, and 52 children with primary ADHD completed the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ)...
April 21, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436815/moyamoya-in-a-patient-with-fires-a-first-case-report
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Taylor Kaufman, Andrew White
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) is a form of epileptic encephalopathy with severe refractory epilepsy that presents in previously healthy, school-aged children after significant febrile illness with concomitant rise in body temperature. Suspected causes include genetic or acquired channelopathies, as well as mitochondrial disturbances. In FIRES, the EEG shows diffuse slowing, generalized, and/or multifocal discharges. Seizures are present and resistant to treatment. Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) is characterized by progressive stenosis of cerebral arteries and subsequent development of a network of collateral circulation that is prone to rupture...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431772/low-glycemic-index-treatment-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Se Hee Kim, Hoon-Chul Kang, Eun Joo Lee, Joon Soo Lee, Heung Dong Kim
OBJECTIVE: Low glycemic index treatment (LGIT) is a newly developed dietary therapeutic option for epilepsy that is less restrictive than the ketogenic diet (KD). Our objective was to determine the efficacy and tolerability of LGIT. METHODS: From March 2014 to February 2015, 36 patients received LGIT at Severance Children's Hospital. One-year seizure outcomes and side effects were evaluated. RESULTS: A total of 36 patients were assessed. Fourteen were female...
April 18, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431367/clinical-characterization-of-the-pre-ictal-state-in-the-pediatric-population-a-caretaker-s-perspective
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Puja Patel, Victor Ferastraoaru, Dov Gold, Andrew Lipnick, Rana Jehle, Sheryl R Haut
The unpredictability of seizures causes distress to patients with epilepsy and their caretakers. To date, no studies have explored seizure prediction specifically in the pediatric population. If the period of time preceding a seizure can be reliably identified, either by child or caretaker, there may be a role for pre-emptive interventions. The aim of this study was to investigate caretaker seizure prediction. A questionnaire was distributed to caretakers of patients with epilepsy. The patients were 0-21years old and experienced ≥1 seizure within the past year...
April 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429607/thalamic-hemorrhagic-stroke-in-the-term-newborn-a-specific-neonatal-syndrome-with-non-uniform-outcome
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Laura Merlini, Sylviane Hanquinet, Joel Fluss
BACKGROUND: Neonatal thalamic hemorrhagic stroke is related to cerebral sinus venous thrombosis and associated with neurological sequelae. Predicting factors are however lacking. METHODS: Clinical and radiological findings at onset and on follow-up of 5 neonates with thalamic hemorrhage stroke are described. RESULTS: All neonates presented with abrupt lethargy, ophistotonos, irritability and/or seizures. The thalamic hemorrhagic stroke was most often unilateral (4/5), involving the posterior/entire thalamus in 3 cases and the anterior thalamus in 2...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428906/tbc1d24-mutations-in-a-sibship-with-multifocal-polymyoclonus
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Adeline Ngoh, Jose Bras, Rita Guerreiro, Amy McTague, Joanne Ng, Esther Meyer, W Kling Chong, Stewart Boyd, Linda MacLellan, Martin Kirkpatrick, Manju A Kurian
BACKGROUND: Advances in molecular genetic technologies have improved our understanding of genetic causes of rare neurological disorders with features of myoclonus. CASE REPORT: A family with two affected siblings, presenting with multifocal polymyoclonus and neurodevelopmental delay, was recruited for whole-exome sequencing following unyielding diagnostic neurometabolic investigations. Compound heterozygous mutations in TBC1D24, a gene previously associated with various epilepsy phenotypes and hearing loss, were identified in both siblings...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425688/pediatric-epilepsy-and-psychiatric-comorbidity-preliminary-observational-data-from-a-prospective-study
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Michela Gatta, Alessia Raffagnato, Stefania Mannarini, Laura Balottin, Irene Toldo, Marilena Vecchi, Clementina Boniver
BACKGROUND: Several studies have confirmed psychiatric comorbidity and a worse quality of life in children with epilepsy, but the clinical assessment and monitoring of these patients often pays insufficient attention to their psychological aspects alongside their neurological issues. The present study aims to describe the distribution of psychopathologies and their clinical evolution over 18 months in a sample of children followed up since the onset of their epilepsy. METHODS: After being diagnosed with epilepsy, 49 subjects (age 4-18y) were followed up with psychiatric and psychological assessments based on the use of dimensional and categorical psychometric tools...
April 20, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425236/predictors-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-childhood-epilepsy-and-comparison-with-healthy-children-findings-from-an-indian-study
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Dipika Bansal, Chandrika Azad, Kapil Gudala, Anil Dasari
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children with epilepsy have reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) due to disease and medications. We aimed to assess child-reported HRQOL in Indian children with epilepsy and compare it with that in healthy children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 256 children with epilepsy aged between 5 and 18 years on antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment for at least 3 months was performed and 125 age and sex matched healthy children were included...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420301/seizures-in-pediatric-patients-with-liver-transplant-and-efficacy-of-levetiracetam
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Betül Kılıç, Serdal Güngör, Müjgan Arslan, Mukadder Ayşe Selimoğlu, Sezai Yılmaz
The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk factors, clinical implications, and prognosis of new-onset seizures that occurred after pediatric liver transplantation, and to assess the efficacy of levetiracetam treatment. The clinical and laboratory data of liver transplanted 28 children who had seizures after liver transplantation and specifically of 18 children who received levetiracetam were analyzed retrospectively. Sixteen patients (88.9%) remained seizure-free and in 2 (11.1%), more than 50% reduction in seizures were detected with levetiracetam treatment...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420012/vitamin-b6-responsive-epilepsy-due-to-a-novel-kcnq2-mutation
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Kerstin Alexandra Klotz, Johannes R Lemke, Rudolf Korinthenberg, Julia Jacobs
Mutations in KCNQ2, encoding for subunits of potassium channels, are known to cause neonatal epileptic encephalopathy (NEE). Therapeutic options for these children are often limited. Recently, there are indications that some patients with KCNQ2 NEE show seizure response to vitamin B6 (VB6) therapy. We present a young infant with severe KCNQ2 encephalopathy resulting from a novel de novo mutation (c.1023G>C; p.(Gln341His)). In our patient, VB6 responsiveness could be demonstrated clearly by remarkable seizure-response to VB6 therapy and seizure exacerbation to discontinuation of VB6 therapy...
April 18, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416069/-dietary-treatment-of-medically-refractory-epilepsy-in-children-and-adolescents
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Frederikke Høgsbro-Rode, Katrine M Harris Johannesen, Vibeke Stubbings, Helle Hjalgrim
Ketogenic diet (KD) is used worldwide in the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy. Since the introduction of KD in the early 1900s, new approaches such as medium-chain triglyceride ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diet and low glycaemic index treatment have been suggested as alternative treatments. Several studies have documented significant seizure reduction from all four diets. The aim of this article is to give an overview of the effect of dietary treatment and to discuss advantages in initiating dietary treatment as an early treatment instead of as a last option...
April 3, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413441/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-among-ugandan-children-a-cross-sectional-study
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Joan Wamulugwa, Angelina Kakooza, Sabrina Bakeera Kitaka, Joyce Nalugya, Mark Kaddumukasa, Shirley Moore, Martha Sajatovic, Elly Katabira
BACKGROUND: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder among the children. The burden of ADHD or its associated factors in Uganda are not known. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and the associated factors of ADHD among children attending the neurology and psychiatry clinics at Mulago National Referral Hospital. METHODS: Using the disruptive behavior scale (45 items), we investigated the presence of ADHD symptoms among children attending Mulago Hospital...
2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
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