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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110410/neurophysiological-assessment-of-brain-dysfunction-in-critically-ill-patients-an-update
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REVIEW
Eric Azabou, Catherine Fischer, Jean Michel Guerit, Djillali Annane, François Mauguiere, Fréderic Lofaso, Tarek Sharshar
The aim of this review was to provide up-to-date information about the usefulness of clinical neurophysiology testing in the management of critically ill patients. Evoked potentials (EPs) and electroencephalogram (EEG) are non-invasive clinical neurophysiology tools that allow an objective assessment of the central nervous system's function at the bedside in intensive care unit (ICU). These tests are quite useful in diagnosing cerebral complications, and establishing the vital and functional prognosis in ICU...
January 21, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110175/ketogenic-diet-therapy-for-epilepsy-during-pregnancy-a-case-series
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Elles J T M van der Louw, Tanya J Williams, Bobbie J Henry-Barron, Joanne F Olieman, Johannes J Duvekot, Marijn J Vermeulen, Natalja Bannink, Monique Williams, Rinze F Neuteboom, Eric H Kossoff, Coriene E Catsman-Berrevoets, Mackenzie C Cervenka
PURPOSE: Evaluation of ketogenic diet (KD) therapies for seizure control during pregnancy when safety and appropriate management become considerations. Until now, no information has been available on seizure reduction and human pregnancy related outcomes in women treated with KD therapies. METHOD: We describe two cases of pregnant women with epilepsy treated with KD therapy either as monotherapy (Case 1) or as adjunctive therapy (Case 2). RESULTS: Case 1: A 27 year old woman, gravida1, started the classic KD with medium chain triglyceride (MCT) emulsion and 75g carbohydrate-restriction, later reduced to 47g...
December 26, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109994/postsurgical-outcome-in-patients-with-olfactory-auras-and-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Ali A Asadi-Pooya, Maromi Nei, Elizabeth E Centurion, Matthew Lorenzo, Michael R Sperling
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the clinical features associated with olfactory auras in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy and also hypothesized that this type of aura may predict worse postsurgical outcome in patients with drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS: In this retrospective analysis, data from all patients with drug-resistant epilepsy who underwent epilepsy surgery were reviewed. Patients were prospectively registered in a database from 1986 through 2016...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109993/epilepsy-associated-levels-of-perceived-stigma-their-associations-with-treatment-and-related-factors-a-cross-sectional-study-in-urban-and%C3%A2-rural-areas-in-ecuador
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Jaime Luna, Mandy Nizard, Danielle Becker, Daniel Gerard, Alejandro Cruz, Voa Ratsimbazafy, Michel Dumas, Marcelo Cruz, Pierre-Marie Preux
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is felt to be a stigmatizing condition. Stigma has been considered one of the major factors contributing to the burden of epilepsy and to the treatment gap. Stigma has a negative effect on the management of people with epilepsy (PWE). Furthermore, lack of information and inappropriate beliefs are still the factors that most contribute to stigma and discrimination. In this study, we assessed the level of perceived stigma in urban and rural areas and we report their association with in antiepileptic drug (AED) use, effects on seeking medical care, and stigma-associated factors...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109992/acute-and-spontaneous-seizure-onset-zones-in-the-intraperitoneal-kainic-acid-model
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Phillip Connell, Arezou Bayat, Sweta Joshi, Mohamad Z Koubeissi
OBJECTIVE: Hippocampal monitoring is often used in the intraperitoneal kainic acid (KA) seizure model for detection and quantification of early ictal activity. Here, we investigated extra-hippocampal seizure onset zones (SOZs) in this model. METHODS: Eight male Sprague Dawley rats implanted with depth electrodes were continuously recorded during intraperitoneal KA injections until status epilepticus (SE) was induced. Another group of four rats was monitored chronically up to two weeks after emergence of spontaneous recurrent seizures...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109991/clinical-characteristics-treatments-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-a-systematic-review-of-reported-cases
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REVIEW
Le Zhang, Meng-Qian Wu, Zi-Long Hao, Siew Mun Vance Chiang, Kun Shuang, Min-Tao Lin, Xiao-Sa Chi, Jia-Jia Fang, Dong Zhou, Jin-Mei Li
Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a recently recognized autoimmune disorder which is responsive to immunotherapy. However, the outcomes of different immunotherapies have not been defined and there have been few studies that carried out a comparison among them. To provide an overview of the clinical characteristics, treatments, and outcomes of anti-NMDAR encephalitis, we systematically reviewed the literature in the PubMed, Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, BioMedical Literature Database (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and Wan-fang databases...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109990/ictal-eeg-fmri-study-of-vertiginous-seizures
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Alessandra Morano, Marco Carnì, Sara Casciato, Anna Elisabetta Vaudano, Jinane Fattouch, Martina Fanella, Mariarita Albini, Luca Manfredi Basili, Giulia Lucignani, Marco Scapeccia, Regina Tomassi, Elisabetta Di Castro, Claudio Colonnese, Anna Teresa Giallonardo, Carlo Di Bonaventura
Vertigo and dizziness are extremely common complaints, related to either peripheral or central nervous system disorders. Among the latter, epilepsy has to be taken into consideration: indeed, vertigo may be part of the initial aura of a focal epileptic seizure in association with other signs/symptoms, or represent the only ictal manifestation, a rare phenomenon known as "vertiginous" or "vestibular" seizure. These ictal symptoms are usually related to a discharge arising from/involving temporal or parietal areas, which are supposed to be a crucial component of the so-called "vestibular cortex"...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109989/low-glycemic-index-treatment-for-seizure-control-in-angelman-syndrome-a-case-series-from-the-center-for-dietary-therapy-of-epilepsy-at-the-massachusetts-general-hospital
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Olivia R Grocott, Katherine S Herrington, Heidi H Pfeifer, Elizabeth A Thiele, Ronald L Thibert
The low glycemic index treatment, a dietary therapy that focuses on glycemic index and reduced carbohydrate intake, has been successful in reducing seizure frequency in the general epilepsy population. Epilepsy is a common feature of Angelman syndrome and seizures are often refractory to multiple medications, especially in those with maternal deletions. Dietary therapy has become a more frequently used option for treating epilepsy, often in combination with other antiepileptic drugs, due to its efficacy and favorable side effect profile...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109987/mismatch-negativity-is-abnormal-but-not-lateralizing-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Lili Zhao, Dongmei An, Limei Mao, Xiangdong Tang, Li He, Dong Zhou
We investigated the changes of mismatch negativity (MMN) in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and explored the possible role of MMN in lateralizing their seizure focus. Thirty patients with TLE and thirty healthy controls were included. MMN was elicited in each subject. Patients with TLE were divided into three subgroups: unilateral left TLE; unilateral right TLE, and bilateral TLE. MMN amplitudes and latencies were compared between the patients with TLE and the control group, and also among the three subgroups of TLE, using repeated measures analyses of variance (ANOVA)...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109986/comparative-prediction-of-nonepileptic-events-using-mmpi-2-clinical-scales-harris-lingoes-subscales-and-restructured-clinical-scales
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Karim Z Yamout, Robin J Heinrichs, Lyle E Baade, Dana K Soetaert, Kore K Liow
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) is a psychological testing tool used to measure psychological and personality constructs. The MMPI-2 has proven helpful in identifying individuals with nonepileptic events/nonepileptic seizures. However, the MMPI-2 has had some updates that enhanced its original scales. The aim of this article was to test the utility of updated MMPI-2 scales in predicting the likelihood of non-epileptic seizures in individuals admitted to an EEG video monitoring unit...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109985/the-synthetic-neuroactive-steroid-sge-516-reduces-status-epilepticus-and-neuronal-cell-death-in-a-rat-model-of-soman-intoxication
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Alison L Althaus, Hilary S McCarren, Aymen Alqazzaz, Cecelia Jackson, John H McDonough, Carl D Smith, Ethan Hoffman, Rebecca S Hammond, Albert J Robichaud, James J Doherty
Organophosphorus nerve agents (OPNAs) are irreversible inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase that pose a serious threat to public health because of their use as chemical weapons. Exposure to high doses of OPNAs can dramatically potentiate cholinergic synaptic activity and cause status epilepticus (SE). Current standard of care for OPNA exposure involves treatment with cholinergic antagonists, oxime cholinesterase reactivators, and benzodiazepines. However, data from pre-clinical models suggest that OPNA-induced SE rapidly becomes refractory to benzodiazepines...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109984/the-long-term-course-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-from-unilateral-to-bilateral-interictal-epileptiform-discharges-in-repeated-video-eeg-monitorings
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Stephanie Gollwitzer, Catherine A Scott, Fiona Farrell, Gail S Bell, Jane de Tisi, Matthew C Walker, Tim Wehner, Josemir W Sander, Hajo M Hamer, Beate Diehl
INTRODUCTION: Bilateral interictal epileptiform discharges (IED) and ictal patterns are common in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and have been associated with decreased chances of seizure freedom after epilepsy surgery. It is unclear whether secondary epileptogenesis, although demonstrated in experimental models, exists in humans and may account for progression of epilepsy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We reviewed consecutive video-EEG recordings from 1992 to 2014 repeated at least two years apart (mean interval 6...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109983/the-clinical-and-neurobehavioral-course-of-down-syndrome-and-dementia-with-or-without-new-onset-epilepsy
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Taha Gholipour, Sara Mitchell, Rani A Sarkis, Zeina Chemali
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with Down syndrome (DS) are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer-type dementia and epilepsy. The relationship between developing dementia and the risk of developing seizures in DS is poorly characterized to date. In addition, treatment response and medication tolerability have not been rigorously studied. METHODS: We identified 220 patients with a diagnosis of DS and dementia. Those without a history of developing seizures (DD) were compared to patients with new-onset seizures (DD+S) after the age of 35...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109982/altered-glutamate-metabolism-contributes-to-antiepileptogenic-effects-in-the-progression-from-focal-seizure-to-generalized-seizure-by-low-frequency-stimulation-in-the-ventral-hippocampus
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Hong-Liu Sun, Wei Zhu, Yu-Rong Zhang, Xiao-Hong Pan, Jun-Ru Zhang, Xiang-Ming Chen, Yu-Xia Liu, Shu-Cui Li, Qiao-Yun Wang, Da-Ping Deng
As a promising method for treating intractable epilepsy, the inhibitory effect of low-frequency stimulation (LFS) is well known, although its mechanisms remain unclear. Excessive levels of cerebral glutamate are considered a crucial factor for epilepsy. Therefore, we designed experiments to investigate the crucial parts of the glutamate cycle. We evaluated glutamine synthetase (GS, metabolizes glutamate), glutaminase (synthesizes glutamate), and glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD, a γ-aminobutyric acid [GABA] synthetase) in different regions of the brain, including the dentate gyrus (DG), CA3, and CA1 subregions of the hippocampus, and the cortex, using western blots, immunohistochemistry, and enzyme activity assays...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109652/epilepsy-in-patients-with-grin2a-alterations-genetics-neurodevelopment-epileptic-phenotype-and-response-to-anticonvulsive-drugs
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C von Stülpnagel, M Ensslen, R S Møller, D K Pal, S Masnada, P Veggiotti, E Piazza, M Dreesmann, T Hartlieb, T Herberhold, E Hughes, M Koch, C Kutzer, K Hoertnagel, J Nitanda, M Pohl, K Rostásy, T B Haack, K Stöhr, G Kluger, I Borggraefe
OBJECTIVE: To delineate the genetic, neurodevelopmental and epileptic spectrum associated with GRIN2A alterations with emphasis on epilepsy treatment. METHODS: Retrospective study of 19 patients (7 females; age: 1-38 years; mean 10.1 years) with epilepsy and GRIN2A alteration. Genetic variants were classified according to the guidelines and recommendations of the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). Clinical findings including epilepsy classification, treatment, EEG findings, early childhood development and neurodevelopmental outcome were collected with an electronic questionnaire...
January 14, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109537/clinical-factors-associated-with-cerebral-metabolism-in-term-neonates-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Anna Lonyai Harbison, Jodie K Votava-Smith, Sylvia Del Castillo, S Ram Kumar, Vince Lee, Vincent Schmithorst, Hollie A Lai, Sharon O'Neil, Stefan Bluml, Lisa Paquette, Ashok Panigrahy
OBJECTIVE: To determine associations between patient and clinical factors with postnatal brain metabolism in term neonates with congenital heart disease (CHD) via the use of quantitative magnetic resonance spectroscopy. STUDY DESIGN: Neonates with CHD were enrolled prospectively to undergo pre- and postoperative 3T brain magnetic resonance imaging. Short-echo single-voxel magnetic resonance spectroscopy of parietal white matter was used to quantify metabolites related to brain maturation (n-acetyl aspartate, choline, myo- inositol), neurotransmitters (glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid), energy metabolism (glutamine, citrate, glucose, and phosphocreatine), and injury/apoptosis (lactate and lipids)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109197/everolimus-is-better-than-rapamycin-in-attenuating-neuroinflammation-in-kainic-acid-induced-seizures
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Ming-Tao Yang, Yi-Chin Lin, Whae-Hong Ho, Chao-Lin Liu, Wang-Tso Lee
BACKGROUND: Microglia is responsible for neuroinflammation, which may aggravate brain injury in diseases like epilepsy. Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) kinase is related to microglial activation with subsequent neuroinflammation. In the present study, rapamycin and everolimus, both as mTOR inhibitors, were investigated in models of kainic acid (KA)-induced seizure and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammation. METHODS: In vitro, we treated BV2 cells with KA and LPS...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108855/causes-of-poor-outcome-in-patients-admitted-with-good-grade-subarachnoid-haemorrhage
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Vladimír Beneš, Lubomír Jurák, Radim Brabec, Nina Nechanická, Miroslav Šercl, Ladislav Endrych, Pavel Buchvald, Petr Suchomel
BACKGROUND: Surgical risk in patients with unruptured aneurysms is well known. The relative impact of surgery and natural history of subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) on patients in good clinical condition (World Federation of Neurological Surgeons [WFNS] grades 1 and 2) is less well quantified. The aim of this study was to determine causes of poor outcome in patients admitted in good grade SAH. METHODS: A retrospective study of prospectively collected data among WFNS-1 and -2 patients: demographics, SAH and aneurysm-related data, surgical complications and outcome as assesed by the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS)...
January 20, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108639/prevalence-of-epilepsy-seizures-as-a-comorbidity-of-neurologic-disorders-in-nursing-homes
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Angela K Birnbaum, Ilo E Leppik, Kenneth Svensden, Lynn E Eberly
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of epilepsy/seizure (epi/sz) comorbid with other neurologic disorders in elderly nursing home residents and to examine demographic and regional variability and associations with clinical characteristics. METHODS: We studied 5 cross-sectional cohorts of all residents in any Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing home in the United States on July 15 of each year from 2003 to 2007. Epi/sz was identified by ICD-9 codes (345.xx or 780...
January 20, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108581/reduced-emergency-department-utilization-by-patients-with-epilepsy-using-qi-methodology
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Anup D Patel, Eric G Wood, Daniel M Cohen
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy or seizure care is the most common neurologic condition that presents to an emergency department (ED) and accounts for a large number of annual cases. Our aim was to decrease seizure-related ED visits from our baseline of 17 ED visits per month per 1000 patients to 13.6 ED visits per month per 1000 patients (20%) by July 2014. METHODS: Our strategy was to develop a quality improvement (QI) project utilizing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement model...
January 20, 2017: Pediatrics
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