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Stefania Evangelisti, Claudia Testa, Lorenzo Ferri, Laura Ludovica Gramegna, David Neil Manners, Giovanni Rizzo, Daniel Remondini, Gastone Castellani, Ilaria Naldi, Francesca Bisulli, Caterina Tonon, Paolo Tinuper, Raffaele Lodi
Objectives: To evaluate functional connectivity (FC) in patients with sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy (SHE) compared to healthy controls. Methods: Resting state fMRI was performed in 13 patients with a clinical diagnosis of SHE (age = 38.3 ± 11.8 years, 6 M) and 13 matched healthy controls (age = 38.5 ± 10.8 years, 6 M).Data were first analysed using probabilistic independent component analysis (ICA), then a graph theoretical approach was applied to assess topological and organizational properties at the whole brain level...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Tyvaert Louise
The diagnosis of de novo epilepsy is complex. An accurate diagnostic approach has to be followed based on specific key steps. Epileptic seizure or non-epileptic malaise: risk of diagnosis error around 20%. Facing a first unprovoked seizure, the practitioner has to know the risk factors specifically linked to an increase risk of seizure recurrence. In presence of these factors, an antiepileptic drug would be indicated. The first antiepileptic drug has to be highly selected according to the epilepsy type and causes but also to the patient characteristics (sex, age, comorbidities, associated drugs, profession, and way of life…) An exhaustive patient Education needs to support the first antiepileptic drug prescription: (sleep and nutritional advices, benefit of observance, antiepileptic drugs features and side effects, follow-up, prognosis…) A regular follow-up is essential to control the observance, tolerability and efficacy of the antiepileptic drug, and to control also the good acceptance of the disease...
March 8, 2018: La Presse Médicale
Udaya Seneviratne, Ray C Boston, Mark J Cook, Wendyl J D'Souza
We sought to investigate (1) the characteristics of epileptiform discharge (ED) duration and interdischarge interval (IDI) and (2) the influence of vigilance state on the ED duration and IDI in genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE). In a cohort of patients diagnosed with GGE, 24-h ambulatory EEG recordings were performed prospectively. We then tabulated durations, IDI, and vigilance state in relation to all EDs captured on EEGs. We used K-means cluster analysis and finite mixture modeling to quantify and characterize the groups of ED duration and IDI...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
J J Garcia-Penas
INTRODUCTION: Most individuals with epilepsy will respond to pharmacologic treatment; however, approximately 20-30% will develop medically refractory epilepsy. Cognitive side effects of antiepileptic drugs are common and can negatively affect tolerability, compliance, and long-term retention of the treatment. Ketogenic diet is an effective and well-tolerated treatment for these children with refractory epilepsy without any negative effect on cognition or behavior. AIM: To review the current state of experimental and clinical data concerning the neuroprotective and cognitive effects of the ketogenic diet in both humans and animals...
March 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Shanika R Samarasekera, Samuel F Berkovic, Ingrid E Scheffer
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of open-label lacosamide in patients with refractory sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy. The study was a case review of eight patients with refractory sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy treated with lacosamide. Seizure diaries compared the mean baseline seizure frequency with the most recent 3 months of follow-up. Five (62.5%) patients were responders, defined as ≥50% reduction in seizure frequency, over a mean duration of exposure of 21.5 months...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Sleep Research
Rui-Juan Lv, Hai-Tao Ren, Hong-Zhi Guan, Tao Cui, Xiao-Qiu Shao
Objective: The purpose of this study is to analyze the seizure semiologic characteristics of patients with autoimmune epilepsy (AE) and describe the investigation characteristics of AE using a larger sample size. Methods: This observational retrospective case series study was conducted from a tertiary epilepsy center between May 2014 and March 2017. Cases of new-onset seizures were selected based on laboratory evidence of autoimmunity. At the same time, typical mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) patients with hippocampal sclerosis (HS) were recruited as the control group from the subjects who underwent presurgical evaluation during the same period...
February 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Kevin M Kelly, Peter I Jukkola, Guo Yin, Eric R Miller, Elena A Kharlamov, Deng-Shan Shiau, Roger Strong, Jaroslaw Aronowski
The mechanisms of injured brain that establish poststroke seizures and epilepsy are not well understood, largely because animal modeling has had limited development. The main objective of this study was to determine whether an arterial occlusion model of cortical stroke in young adult and aged rats was capable of generating either focal or generalized epileptic seizures within 2 months of lesioning. Four- and 20-month-old male Fischer 344 (F344) sham-operated controls and those lesioned by transient (3 h) unilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) and common carotid artery (CCA) occlusion (MCA/CCAo) were studied by video-EEG recordings up to 2 months post-procedure...
February 10, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Tracy Liu, Raghu Lingam, Kate Lycett, Fiona K Mensah, Joshua Muller, Harriet Hiscock, Md Hamidul Huque, Melissa Wake
OBJECTIVE: To estimate prevalence and persistence of 19 common paediatric conditions from infancy to 14-15 years. DESIGN: Population-based prospective cohort study. SETTING: Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Parallel cohorts assessed biennially from 2004 to 2014 from ages 0-1 and 4-5 years to 10-11 and 14-15 years, respectively, in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: 19 health conditions: 17 parent-reported, 2 (overweight/obesity, obesity) directly assessed...
February 16, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Neha Singh, Sheekha Vijayanti, Lekha Saha
Epilepsy is a complex, chronic neurological disorder characterized by increased and abnormal synchronization of neuronal electrical activity, which is manifested as seizures. It is associated with many comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, sleep disorder, psychiatric disorder etc. which consequently causes higher mortality rate. The understanding of its cellular and molecular mechanism is partial, because of which it remains an ongoing health problem, despite the increasing availability of newer antiepileptic drugs...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
Irene Bagnasco, Patrizia Dassi, Roberta Blé, Piernanda Vigliano
Mutations in SCN8A gene have been described in relation to infantile onset epilepsy with movement disorders and developmental delay. Recently various authors have reported patients carrying autosomal dominant heterozygous SCN8A mutations and a milder phenotype expression. We discuss the case of a 6-year-old girl with a positive family history for epilepsy, early benign focal epilepsy, well controlled by Carbamazepine, upper limb tremor since birth, ataxia, slight motor delay and normal cognitive development...
February 7, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Sayra Catalina Coral Castro, Gislaine Verginia Baroni, William Alves Martins, André Luis Fernandes Palmini, Luísa Weber Bisol
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to access the suicide risk (SR) in patients with refractory epilepsy and its association with temperament and sleep quality. METHODS: A total of 50 consecutive patients referred for epilepsy surgery evaluation in the Porto Alegre Epilepsy Surgery Program were included. All patients had a detailed neurologic and psychiatric evaluation, including video-electroencephalogram (VEEG), high-resolution magnetic ressonance imaging (MRI), and neuropsychologic assessment...
February 8, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
X R Leng, J Ye, Q L Zhou, X H Qi, Y H Dong, L P Zhang, Y F Zhang, Y P Wang, L P Li, Y C Lin
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and genetic characteristics of patients with TBC1D24 gene mutation related early-onset focal myoclonic epilepsy. Methods: Clinical data of 3 patients with TBC1D24 gene mutation related early-onset focal myoclonic epilepsy of Xuanwu Hospital from November 2016 to June 2017 was collected and analyzed.Candidate gene mutations were screened by second generation sequencing. Results: Among the 3 patients, 1 was male and 2 were females.Seizure onset age was 4 months, 3 years and 5 years after birth respectively...
February 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Renate van Griethuysen, Wytske A Hofstra, Sandra M A van der Salm, Mireille D Bourez-Swart, Al W de Weerd
PURPOSE: Long-term video-EEG monitoring (LTM) is frequently used for diagnostic purposes and in the workup of epilepsy surgery to determine the seizure onset zone. Different strategies are applied to provoke seizures during LTM, of which withdrawal of anti-epileptic drugs (AED) is most effective. Remarkably, there is no standardized manner of AED withdrawal. For instance, the majority of clinics taper medication during clinical admission, whereas we prefer to taper medication at home prior to admission...
January 31, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Óscar Romero-Osorio, Sebastián Gil-Tamayo, Daniel Nariño, Diego Rosselli
PURPOSE: Perform a systematic review of the literature on the effects of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), deep brain stimulation (DBS) and epilepsy surgery in subjective and objective sleep parameters. METHODS: We performed a literature search in the main medical databases: Medline, Embase, Cochrane, DARE and LILACS, looking for studies that evaluated the effects of VNS, DBS or epilepsy surgery on sleep parameters. In all, 36 studies, coming from 11 countries, including reviews, cohort studies, case series and case reports were included...
January 31, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Johannes D Lang, David C Taylor, Burkhard S Kasper
In epilepsy, individual seizures can be triggered by a variety of external and internal stimuli. One of the most common trigger factors reported by patients is stress. However prevalent, stress-related triggering of episodes seems underappreciated in epilepsy for various reasons, and its misinterpretation often leads to other diagnoses, e.g., psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) or normal reactions. This article illustrates the significant role of stress as a seizure-provoking factor by referring to nine patient narratives...
February 1, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Camila Dos Santos Halal, Bernardo Lessa Horta, Magda Lahorgue Nunes
Self-limited epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes is the most common paediatric epileptic syndrome, with growing evidence linking it to various degrees and presentations of neuropsychological dysfunction. The objective of this study is to evaluate the possible sleep macro and microstructural alterations in children with this diagnosis. A systematic review of published manuscripts was carried out in Medline, LILACS and Scielo databases, using the MeSH terms epilepsy, sleep and polysomnography . From 753 retrieved references, 5 were selected, and data from macro and, when available, microstructure of sleep were extracted...
October 2017: Sleep Science
Ted J Warren, Timothy A Simeone, D David Smith, Ryan Grove, Jiri Adamec, Kaeli K Samson, Harrison M Roundtree, Deepak Madhavan, Kristina A Simeone
OBJECTIVE: Adenosine participates in maintaining the excitatory/inhibitory balance in neuronal circuits. Studies indicate that adenosine levels in the cortex and hippocampus increase and exert sleep pressure in sleep-deprived and control animals, whereas in epilepsy reduced adenosine tone promotes hyperexcitability. To date, the role of adenosine in pathological conditions that result in both seizures and sleep disorders is unknown. Here, we determined adenosine tone in sleep and seizure regulating brain regions of Kv1...
January 30, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Zahari N Tchopev, Ping-Hong Yeh, Greg W Morgan, Eric Meyer, Johanna M Wolf, John M Ollinger, Gerard P Riedy, Lisa C Young
Sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy (SHE) (previously frontal lobe epilepsy) is a rare seizure disorder commonly misdiagnosed or unrecognized, causing negative patient sequelae. While usually reported in familial studies, it is more commonly acquired. Diagnosis is a challenge due to its low incidence in comparison with the more common sleep disorders or psychogenic etiologies in the differential diagnosis. Diagnosis is scaled on degree of certainty based on described or clinically documented semiology, with video EEG as a helpful, but not necessary, adjunct...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Zeynep Vildan Okudan, Çiğdem Özkara
Reflex epilepsies (REs) are identified as epileptic seizures that are consistently induced by identifiable and objective-specific triggers, which may be an afferent stimulus or by the patient's own activity. RE may have different subtypes depending on the stimulus characteristic. There are significant clinical and electrophysiologic differences between different RE types. Visual stimuli-sensitive or photosensitive epilepsies constitute a large proportion of the RE and are mainly related to genetic causes. Reflex epilepsies may present with focal or generalized seizures due to specific triggers, and sometimes seizures may occur spontaneously...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Omar I Khan, Xiangping Zhou, Jill Leon, Riley Kessler, Thomas Gaughan, Precilla D'Souza, Andrea Gropman, Ninette Cohen, Owen Rennert, Ashura Buckley, Sara Inati, Audrey Thurm
OBJECTIVE: Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS) is a rare genetic condition associated with loss of function mutations, including deletions, in the chromosome 22q13 region. This PMS phenotype includes intellectual disability, often minimal to absent verbal skills, and other neurologic features including autism spectrum disorder and seizures. Reports indicate seizures and abnormal electroencephalograms (EEGs) in this population, but previous studies do not describe EEG findings during sleep or prognostic value of abnormal EEG over any time period...
February 2, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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