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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454255/effects-of-adjunctive-eslicarbazepine-acetate-on-neurocognitive-functioning-in-children-with-refractory-focal-onset-seizures
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Sergiusz Jóźwiak, P Veggiotti, J Moreira, H Gama, F Rocha, P Soares-da-Silva
PURPOSE: This was a phase-II, randomized, double-blind (DB), placebo-controlled study aimed to evaluate neurocognitive effects of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) as adjunctive therapy in pediatric patients with refractory focal-onset seizures (FOS). METHODS: Children (6-16years old) with FOS were randomized (2:1) to ESL or placebo. Treatment started at 10mg/kg/day, was up-titrated up to 30mg/kg/day (target dose), and maintained for 8weeks, followed by one-year open-label follow-up...
February 13, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454195/chrna4-variant-causes-paroxysmal-kinesigenic-dyskinesia-and-genetic-epilepsy-with-febrile-seizures-plus
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Yong-Li Jiang, Fang Yuan, Ying Yang, Xiao-Long Sun, Lu Song, Wen Jiang
PURPOSE: Paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD) and epilepsy are thought to have a shared genetic etiology. PRRT2 has been identified as a causative gene of both disorders. In this study, we aim to explore the potential novel causative gene in a PRRT2-negative family with three individuals diagnosed with PKD or genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+). METHODS: Clinical data were collected from all the affected and unaffected members of a PKD/GEFS+ family...
February 10, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454194/diagnostic-and-treatment-services-for-patients-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-pnes-a-survey-of-health-professionals-in-urban-china
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Xin Tong, Dongmei An, Markus Reuber, Qin Zhang, Dong Zhou
PURPOSE: This study is intended to provide an overview of diagnostic and treatment services for patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) across China. METHODS: Using a questionnaire devised by the PNES Task Force of Neuropsychiatry Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), we conducted a survey among Chinese health professionals at the Sixth Advanced International Course: Clinical Epileptology. Descriptive analyses were performed...
January 31, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454130/abscess-within-a-glioblastoma-mimicking-a-matryoshka-doll
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Kislay Kishore, Manish Beniwal, Shilpa Rao, K V L N Rao, Vikas Vazhayil, Dwarkanath Srinivas, Sampath Somanna
BACKGROUND: Abscess co-existing within a brain tumor is a rare entity. Case reports in literature primarily consist of sellar pathology and parenchymal lesions including meningioma, glioma, and metastases. We report a case of glioblastoma with an intra-tumoral abscess in a middle-aged lady with no prior invasive procedure or systemic focus of infection. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 45-year old lady presented with new onset generalized seizures and rapidly progressive left hemiparesis...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453777/intramuscular-allopregnanolone-and-ganaxolone-in-a-mouse-model-of-treatment-resistant-status-epilepticus
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Dorota Zolkowska, Chun-Yi Wu, Michael A Rogawski
Allopregnanolone (5α-pregnan-3α-ol-20-one) and its synthetic 3β-methyl analog, ganaxolone, are positive allosteric modulators of synaptic and extrasynaptic γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) A receptors that exhibit antiseizure activity in diverse animal seizure models, including models of status epilepticus (SE). The 2 neuroactive steroids are being investigated as treatments for SE, including as a treatment for SE induced by chemical threat agents. Intramuscular injection is the preferred route of administration in the prehospital treatment of SE...
February 17, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453467/loading-dose-only-versus-standard-dose-magnesium-sulfate-seizure-prophylaxis-in-severe-pre-eclamptic-women
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Surya Prasad Rimal, Pappu Rijal, Rabindra Bhatt, Kriti Thapa
INTRODUCTION: Magnesium sulfate is the drug of choice for prevention of seizures in the pre-eclamptic woman. There is no agreement in the published randomized trials regarding the optimal time to initiate magnesium sulfate, the dose to use (both loading and maintenance) as well as the duration of therapy. The objective of this study is to determine whether magnesium sulfate prophylaxis is needed for up to 24 hours postpartum in all patients with severe pre-eclampsia for the prevention of seizure...
October 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453114/levetiracetam-monotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-infants-with-epilepsy
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Pinar Arican, Pinar Gencpinar, Dilek Cavusoglu, Nihal Olgac Dundar
PURPOSE: Levetiracetam is a broad-spectrum anti-epileptic drug that is effective against both focal and generalized epilepsies. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy, tolerability and safety of levetiracetam monotherapy in the management of different seizure types in children with epilepsy under the age of two. METHOD: This retrospective study was conducted on children with a diagnosis of epilepsy from January 2014 to January 2017. To be included in the study, patients were required to be less than two years of age at the time levetiracetam was initiated as initial monotherapy and to be followed clinically for at least 6 months...
February 12, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453112/pattern-and-determinants-of-self-reported-enacted-stigma-among-rural-dwellers-living-with-epilepsy-attending-a-tertiary-health-facility-in-enugu-state-nigeria
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Birinus A Ezeala-Adikaibe, Justin U Achor, Eddy Aneke, Uchenna Ijoma, Obinna D Onodugo, Casmir Orjioke, Chinwe Onyekonwu, Oluchi Ekenze
PURPOSE: Epilepsy related stigma is a barrier to recovery and has been linked to a broad range of psychosocial consequences and has the potential to influence the provision of care to people with epilepsy. Understanding the determinants of enacted stigma in epilepsy is relevant in the understanding of the burden of epilepsy in Nigeria. METHOD: Using a semi-structured questionnaire, a cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among rural dwellers receiving treatment for epilepsy in a tertiary referral specialist hospital in Enugu, south east Nigeria...
February 10, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452722/traumatic-lingual-hematoma-resulting-in-bilateral-temporal-mandibular-joint-dislocations
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Dhara P Amin, Michael N Cooper, Kim I Newton
BACKGROUND: Lingual hematoma (LH) is a relatively uncommon entity seen after both medical and traumatic etiologies. Regardless of the cause, the feared complication is acute airway obstruction. CASE REPORT: Our case involves a 39-year-old man who presented to the Emergency Department via emergency medical services with an enlarging LH after an unwitnessed fall, suspected to be an alcohol withdrawal seizure. The bleeding was likely exacerbated by previously undiagnosed thrombocytopenia...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452687/diagnostic-challenges-in-epilepsy-seizure-under-reporting-and-seizure-detection
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REVIEW
Christian E Elger, Christian Hoppe
Epileptic seizures vary greatly in clinical phenomenology and can markedly affect the patient's quality of life. As therapeutic interventions focus on reduction or elimination of seizures, the accurate documentation of seizure occurrence is essential. However, patient self-evaluation compared with objective evaluation by video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring or long-term ambulatory EEG revealed that patients document fewer than 50% of their seizures, on average, and that documentation accuracy varies significantly over time...
March 2018: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452676/the-future-of-seizure-detection
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Wim Van Paesschen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452315/technical-aspects-of-awake-craniotomy-with-mapping-for-brain-tumors-in-a-limited-resource-setting
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Rafael Teixeira Magalhaes Leal, Bruno Mendonça Barcellos, Jose Alberto Landeiro
BACKGROUND: Brain tumor surgery near or within eloquent regions is increasingly common and is associated with a high risk of neurological injury. Awake craniotomy with mapping has been shown to be a valid method to preserve neurological function while increasing the extent of resection. However, the technique used varies greatly among centers. Most count on professionals such as neuropsychologists, speech therapists, neurophysiologists or neurologists to help in intraoperative patient evaluation...
February 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451698/the-ketogenic-diet-is-effective-for-refractory-epilepsy-associated-with-acquired-structural-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Mel Michel Villaluz, Lysa Boissé Lomax, Trupti Jadhav, J Helen Cross, Ingrid E Scheffer
AIM: Ketogenic diet therapies have proven efficacy for refractory epilepsy. There are many reports of their use in the genetic developmental and epileptic encephalopathies; however, little attention has been paid as to whether the diet is also effective in individuals with an acquired structural aetiology. We observed remarkable efficacy of the diet in two patients with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy. We then analysed our cases with refractory structural epilepsies of acquired origin to characterize their response to the ketogenic diet...
February 16, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451455/laser-ablative-therapy-of-sessile-hypothalamic-hamartomas-in-children-using-interventional-mri-report-of-5-cases
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Derek G Southwell, Harjus S Birk, Paul S Larson, Philip A Starr, Leo P Sugrue, Kurtis I Auguste
Hypothalamic hamartomas (HHs) are benign lesions that cause medically refractory seizures, behavioral disturbances, and endocrine dysfunction. Open resection of HHs does not guarantee seizure freedom and carries a relatively high risk of morbidity. Minimally invasive stereotactic laser ablation has recently been described as an effective and safe alternative for HH treatment. Prior studies have not, however, assessed HH lesion size and morphology, 2 factors that may influence treatment results and, ultimately, the generalizability of their findings...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451101/severe-tricuspid-regurgitation-and-seizure-on-postpartum-day-10-case-report-of-late-postpartum-eclampsia
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Martin Vanden Eede, Matthew Schroyens
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: Late postpartum eclampsia is characterized by pre-eclampsia and tonic-clonic seizures presenting more than 48 hours postpartum. It is a rare, frightening and dangerous complication that requires rapid recognition and adequate treatment. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: We present a case of late postpartum eclampsia, initially diagnosed as right-sided heart failure, 10 days postpartum.Two days after the delivery she developed mild swelling of both feet, progressive shortness of breath on exertion and orthopnea...
February 16, 2018: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450890/efficacy-and-safety-of-eslicarbazepine-acetate-monotherapy-in-patients-converting-from-carbamazepine
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Ladislav Pazdera, Michael R Sperling, Jay H Harvey, Maria C Sam, Laura A Strom, David Blum, Todd Grinnell, Hailong Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of prior use of carbamazepine (CBZ) and other antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) with a putatively similar mechanism of action (inhibition of voltage-gated sodium channels; VGSCs) on seizure outcomes and tolerability when converting to eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL), using data pooled from 2 controlled conversion-to-ESL monotherapy trials (studies: 093-045, 093-046). METHODS: Adults with treatment-resistant focal (partial-onset) seizures were randomized 2:1 to ESL 1600 or 1200 mg once daily...
February 16, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449490/dentate-gyrus-mossy-cells-control-spontaneous-convulsive-seizures-and-spatial-memory
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Anh D Bui, Theresa M Nguyen, Charles Limouse, Hannah K Kim, Gergely G Szabo, Sylwia Felong, Mattia Maroso, Ivan Soltesz
Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is characterized by debilitating, recurring seizures and an increased risk for cognitive deficits. Mossy cells (MCs) are key neurons in the hippocampal excitatory circuit, and the partial loss of MCs is a major hallmark of TLE. We investigated how MCs contribute to spontaneous ictal activity and to spatial contextual memory in a mouse model of TLE with hippocampal sclerosis, using a combination of optogenetic, electrophysiological, and behavioral approaches. In chronically epileptic mice, real-time optogenetic modulation of MCs during spontaneous hippocampal seizures controlled the progression of activity from an electrographic to convulsive seizure...
February 16, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449140/effectiveness-of-a-multicomponent-self-management-intervention-for-adults-with-epilepsy-zmile-study-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Loes A M Leenen, Ben F M Wijnen, Alfons G H Kessels, HoiYau Chan, Reina J A de Kinderen, Silvia M A A Evers, Caroline M van Heugten, Marian H J M Majoie
BACKGROUND: The objective of the ZMILE study was to compare the effectiveness of a multicomponent self-management intervention (MCI) with care as usual (CAU) in adult patients with epilepsy (PWE) over a six-month period. METHODS: Participants (PWE & relative) were randomized into intervention or CAU groups. Self-report questionnaires were used to measure disease-specific self-efficacy as the primary outcome measure and general self-efficacy, adherence, seizure severity, emotional functioning, quality of life, proactive coping, and side-effects of antiepileptic drugs (AED) as secondary outcome measures...
February 12, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449138/driving-with-drug-resistant-and-controlled-seizures-from-a-patient-s-perspective-assessment-of-attitudes-and-practices
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Lakshman Arcot Jayagopal, Kaeli K Samson, Olga Taraschenko
BACKGROUND: Driving restrictions in epilepsy are intended to safeguard public and personal safety; however, these limitations inhibit socialization, restrict employment, and reduce self-esteem in patients with seizures. A large proportion of patients with seizures continue to drive, and factors leading to noncompliance with driving regulations are poorly understood. Thus, the patients' perspective on driving safety is not incorporated into the existing counseling tools on driving safety in epilepsy...
February 12, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448117/refractory-focal-epilepsy-in-a-paediatric-patient-with-primary-familial-brain-calcification
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Juliet K Knowles, Jonathan D Santoro, Brenda E Porter, Fiona M Baumer
Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), otherwise known as Fahr's disease, is a rare autosomal dominant condition with manifestations of movement disorders, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and epilepsy in a minority of PFBC patients. The clinical presentation of epilepsy in PFBC has not been described in detail. We present a paediatric patient with PFBC and refractory focal epilepsy based on seizure semiology and ictal EEG, but with generalized interictal EEG abnormalities. The patient was found to have a SLC20A2 mutation known to be pathogenic in PFBC, as well as a variant of unknown significance in SCN2A...
February 6, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
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