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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339329/morbidity-and-mortality-associated-with-meningioma-after-cranial-radiotherapy-a-report-from-the-childhood-cancer-survivor-study
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Daniel C Bowers, Chaya S Moskowitz, Joanne F Chou, Claire M Mazewski, Joseph P Neglia, Gregory T Armstrong, Wendy M Leisenring, Leslie L Robison, Kevin C Oeffinger
Purpose Little is known about neurologic morbidity attributable to cranial radiotherapy (CRT) -associated meningiomas. Materials and Methods From 4,221 survivors exposed to CRT in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, a diagnosis of meningioma and onset of neurologic sequelae were ascertained. Cox proportional hazards regression was used to estimate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% CIs to evaluate the factors associated with neurologic sequelae after subsequent meningioma. Results One hundred ninety-nine meningiomas were identified among 169 participants...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338765/cerebral-magnesium-levels-in-preeclampsia-a-phosphorus-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-study
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Maria Nelander, Jan Weis, Lina Bergman, Anders Larsson, Anna-Karin Wikström, Johan Wikström
BACKGROUND: Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is used as a prophylaxis for eclamptic seizures. The exact mechanism of action is not fully established. We used phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P-MRS) to investigate if cerebral magnesium (Mg2+) levels differ between women with preeclampsia, normal pregnant, and nonpregnant women. METHODS: This cross-sectional study comprised 28 women with preeclampsia, 30 women with normal pregnancies in corresponding gestational week (range: 23-41 weeks) and 11 nonpregnant healthy controls...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338647/is-primary-prevention-with-antiepileptic-drugs-effective-in-brain-tumors-or-brain-metastases
#3
Diego Lobos-Urbina, Lucas Kittsteiner-Manubens, José Peña
Patients with brain tumors –primary or metastatic- have an increased risk of presenting seizures during the course of their disease. So, prophylactic antiepileptic drugs have been proposed. However, the effects of this intervention are not yet clear. To answer this question, we searched in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple databases. We identified 12 systematic reviews including 80 studies overall. Twelve corresponded to randomized trials, but only two answered the question of interest...
March 21, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337311/consciousness-loss-during-epileptogenesis-implication-for-vlpo-pno-circuits
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REVIEW
Maohui Feng, Zhigang He, Baowen Liu, Zhixiao Li, Guorong Tao, Duozhi Wu, Hongbing Xiang
There is a growing concern about consciousness loss during epileptic seizures. Understanding neural mechanisms could lead to a better comprehension of cerebral circuit function in the control of consciousness loss in intractable epilepsy. We propose that ventrolateral preoptic area (VLPO)- PnO (nucleus pontis oralis) circuits may serve a major role in the loss of consciousness in drug-refractory epilepsy. Future behavioural and neuroimaging studies are clearly needed to understand the functional connectivity between the VLPO and PnO during loss of consciousness in drug-refractory epilepsy, to greatly prevent unconsciousness in this disorder and improve the quality of life in patients with intractable epilepsy...
2017: International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336943/altered-glutamatergic-tone-reveals-two-distinct-resting-state-networks-at-the-cellular-level-in-hippocampal-sclerosis
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Jyotirmoy Banerjee, Aparna BanerjeeDixit, Arpna Srivastava, Bhargavi Ramanujam, Aanchal Kakkar, Chitra Sarkar, Manjari Tripathi, P Sarat Chandra
Hippocampal sclerosis (HS), the most common subset of drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE), is associated with large-scale network abnormalities, even under resting state. We studied the excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) recorded from pyramidal neurons in resected samples under resting conditions from the hippocampal and anterior temporal lobe (ATL) obtained from patients with HS (n = 14) undergoing resective surgery. We observed higher frequency and amplitude of spontaneous EPSCs in both the samples compared to non-seizure control samples...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336934/low-frequency-stimulation-of-the-primary-focus-retards-positive-transfer-of-secondary-focus
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Yifang Kuang, Cenglin Xu, Yinxi Zhang, Yi Wang, Xiaohua Wu, Ying Wang, Yao Liu, Kai Zhong, Hui Cheng, Yi Guo, Shuang Wang, Meiping Ding, Zhong Chen
Positive transfer of secondary focus (PTS) refers to new epileptogenesis outside the primary focus and is minimally controlled by existing treatments. Low-frequency stimulation (LFS) has benefits on the onset of epilepsy and epileptogenesis. However, it's unclear whether LFS can retard the PTS in epilepsy. Here we found that PTS at both contralateral amygdala and ipsilateral hippocampus were promoted after the primary focus was fully kindled in rat kindling model. The promotion of PTS at the mirror focus started when the primary kindling acquisition reached focal seizures...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336681/accuracy-and-reliability-of-stroke-diagnosis-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department
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Mark T Mackay, Adriana Yock-Corrales, Leonid Churilov, Paul Monagle, Geoffrey A Donnan, Franz E Babl
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Access to acute stroke interventions in the emergency department (ED) relies on correct clinical diagnosis. Our aims were to determine the accuracy and reliability of pediatric ED physician diagnosis of childhood stroke and other conditions presenting with brain attack symptoms. METHODS: Prospective study of consecutive children aged 1 month to 18 years presenting to the ED from June 2009 to December 2010 with focal neurological deficits...
March 23, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336569/cued-memory-retrieval-exhibits-reinstatement-of-high-gamma-power-on-a-faster-timescale-in-the-left-temporal-lobe-and-prefrontal-cortex
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Robert B Yaffe, Ammar Shaikhouni, Jennifer Arai, Sara K Inati, Kareem A Zaghloul
Converging evidence suggests that reinstatement of neural activity underlies our ability to successfully retrieve memories. However, the temporal dynamics of reinstatement in the human cortex remain poorly understood. One possibility is that neural activity during memory retrieval, like replay of spiking neurons in the hippocampus, occurs at a faster timescale than during encoding. We tested this hypothesis in 34 participants who performed a verbal episodic memory task while we recorded high gamma (62-100 Hz) activity from subdural electrodes implanted for seizure monitoring...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336463/identification-of-a-de-novo-microdeletion-1q44-in-a-patient-with-hypogenesis-of-the-corpus-callosum-seizures-and-microcephaly-a-case-report
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Dominik S Westphal, Stephanie Andres, Kirsten I Beitzel, Christine Makowski, Thomas Meitinger, Julia Hoefele
Microdeletion 1q44 on the long arm of chromosome 1 leads to a phenotype that includes microcephaly, seizure, agenesis or hypogenesis of the corpus callosum, polydactyly, congenital heart defects and severe developmental delay along with characteristic facial dysmorphic signs. Until today, the distinct genetic causes for the different symptoms remain unclear. We here report a 1.2Mb de novo microdeletion 1q44 identified by performing a SNP array analysis. The female patient presented with microcephaly, seizure, hypogenesis of corpus callosum, postaxial hexadactyly, an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, hypertelorism, a long and smooth philtrum, thin vermilion borders, and micrognathia, all common features of microdeletion 1q44...
March 21, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336122/familial-acute-necrotizing-encephalopathy-with-ranbp2-mutation-the-first-report-in-northeast-asia
#10
Yun-Jeong Lee, Su-Kyeong Hwang, So Mi Lee, Soonhak Kwon
BACKGROUND: Acute necrotizing encephalopathy (ANE) is a rare but rapidly progressing encephalopathy following a febrile illness, commonly a viral infection. It is characterized by the features of acute encephalopathy such as seizure, alteration of consciousness, and symmetric involvement of the bilateral thalamus on neuroimaging tests. Although most ANE cases have occurred sporadically, familial or recurrent ANE has been reported in Caucasian patients, with genetic susceptibility to ANE noted in some patients due to a RANBP2 mutation...
March 20, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335910/management-strategies-for-cln2-disease
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REVIEW
Ruth E Williams, Heather R Adams, Martin Blohm, Jessica L Cohen-Pfeffer, Emily de Los Reyes, Jonas Denecke, Kristen Drago, Charlie Fairhurst, Margie Frazier, Norberto Guelbert, Szilárd Kiss, Annamaria Kofler, John A Lawson, Lenora Lehwald, Mary-Anne Leung, Svetlana Mikhaylova, Jonathan W Mink, Miriam Nickel, Renée Shediac, Katherine Sims, Nicola Specchio, Meral Topcu, Ina von Löbbecke, Andrea West, Boris Zernikow, Angela Schulz
CLN2 disease (neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2) is a rare, autosomal recessive, pediatric-onset, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder caused by tripeptidyl peptidase 1 (TPP1) enzyme deficiency, and is characterized by language delay, seizures, rapid cognitive and motor decline, blindness, and early death. No management guidelines exist and there is a paucity of published disease-specific evidence to inform clinical practice, which currently draws upon experience from the field of childhood neurodisability...
April 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335804/symbolic-time-series-analysis-of-electroencephalographic-eeg-epileptic-seizure-and-brain-dynamics-with-eye-open-and-eye-closed-subjects-during-resting-states
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Lal Hussain, Wajid Aziz, Jalal S Alowibdi, Nazneen Habib, Muhammad Rafique, Sharjil Saeed, Syed Zaki Hassan Kazmi
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is a neuronal disorder for which the electrical discharge in the brain is synchronized, abnormal and excessive. To detect the epileptic seizures and to analyse brain activities during different mental states, various methods in non-linear dynamics have been proposed. This study is an attempt to quantify the complexity of control and epileptic subject with and without seizure as well as to distinguish eye-open (EO) and eye-closed (EC) conditions using threshold-based symbolic entropy...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335039/brain-temporal-complexity-in-explaining-the-therapeutic-and-cognitive-effects-of-seizure-therapy
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Faranak Farzan, Sravya Atluri, Ye Mei, Sylvain Moreno, Andrea J Levinson, Daniel M Blumberger, Zafiris J Daskalakis
Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, a third of whom are medication-resistant. Seizure therapy remains the most effective treatment in depression, even when many treatments fail. The utility of seizure therapy is limited due to its cognitive side effects and stigma. The biological targets of seizure therapy remain unknown, hindering design of new treatments with comparable efficacy. Seizures impact the brains temporal dynamicity observed through electroencephalography. This dynamicity reflects richness of information processing across distributed brain networks subserving affective and cognitive processes...
March 3, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334922/scn2a-deletion-improves-survival-and-brain-heart-dynamics-in-the-kcna1-null-mouse-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep
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Vikas Mishra, Bharat K Karumuri, Nicole M Gautier, Rui Liu, Timothy N Hutson, Stephanie L Vanhoof-Villalba, Ioannis Vlachos, Leonidas Iasemidis, Edward Glasscock
People with epilepsy have greatly increased probability of premature mortality due to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Identifying which patients are most at risk of SUDEP is hindered by a complex genetic etiology, incomplete understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, and lack of prognostic biomarkers. Here we evaluated heterozygous Scn2a gene deletion (Scn2a+/-) as a protective genetic modifier in the Kcna1 knockout mouse (Kcna1-/-) model of SUDEP, while searching for biomarkers of SUDEP risk embedded in electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) recordings...
March 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334879/altered-sleep-homeostasis-correlates-with-cognitive-impairment-in-patients-with-focal-epilepsy
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Melanie Boly, Benjamin Jones, Graham Findlay, Erin Plumley, Armand Mensen, Bruce Hermann, Guilio Tononi, Rama Maganti
In animal studies, both seizures and interictal spikes induce synaptic potentiation. Recent evidence suggests that electroencephalogram slow wave activity during sleep reflects synaptic potentiation during wake, and that its homeostatic decrease during the night is associated with synaptic renormalization and its beneficial effects. Here we asked whether epileptic activity induces plastic changes that can be revealed by high-density electroencephalography recordings during sleep in 15 patients with focal epilepsy and 15 control subjects...
March 14, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334860/genetic-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-the-epileptic-human-hippocampus
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Nasir Mirza, Richard Appleton, Sasha Burn, Daniel du Plessis, Roderick Duncan, Jibril Osman Farah, Bjarke Feenstra, Anders Hviid, Vivek Josan, Rajiv Mohanraj, Arif Shukralla, Graeme J Sills, Anthony G Marson, Munir Pirmohamed
Epilepsy is a serious and common neurological disorder. Expression quantitative loci (eQTL) analysis is a vital aid for the identification and interpretation of disease-risk loci. Many eQTLs operate in a tissue- and condition-specific manner. We have performed the first genome-wide cis-eQTL analysis of human hippocampal tissue to include not only normal (n = 22) but also epileptic (n = 22) samples. We demonstrate that disease-associated variants from an epilepsy GWAS meta-analysis and a febrile seizures (FS) GWAS are significantly more enriched with epilepsy-eQTLs than with normal hippocampal eQTLs from two larger independent published studies...
March 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334793/compound-heterozygous-mutations-in-the-gene-pigp-are-associated-with-early-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy
#17
Devon L Johnstone, Thi Tuyet-Mai Nguyen, Yoshiko Murakami, Kristin D Kernohan, Martine Tétreault, Claire Goldsmith, Asif Doja, Justin D Wagner, Lijia Huang, Taila Hartley, Anik St-Denis, Françoise le Deist, Jacek Majewski, Dennis E Bulman, Taroh Kinoshita, David A Dyment, Kym M Boycott, Philippe M Campeau
There are over 150 known human proteins which are tethered to the cell surface via glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors. These proteins play a variety of important roles in development, and particularly in neurogenesis. Not surprisingly, mutations in the GPI anchor biosynthesis and remodeling pathway cause a number of developmental disorders. This group of conditions has been termed inherited GPI deficiencies (IGDs), a subgroup of congenital disorders of glycosylation; they present with variable phenotypes, often including seizures, hypotonia and intellectual disability...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334226/loss-of-cannabinoid-cb-1-receptors-induces-cortical-migration-malformations-and-increases-seizure-susceptibility
#18
Javier Díaz-Alonso, Adán de Salas-Quiroga, Juan Paraíso-Luna, Daniel García-Rincón, Patricia P Garcez, Maddy Parsons, Clara Andradas, Cristina Sánchez, François Guillemot, Manuel Guzmán, Ismael Galve-Roperh
Neuronal migration is a fundamental process of brain development, and its disruption underlies devastating neurodevelopmental disorders. The transcriptional programs governing this process are relatively well characterized. However, how environmental cues instruct neuronal migration remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that the cannabinoid CB 1 receptor is strictly required for appropriate pyramidal neuron migration in the developing cortex. Acute silencing of the CB 1 receptor alters neuronal morphology and impairs radial migration...
October 5, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333416/severe-transplant-associated-thrombotic-microangiopathy-in-patients-with-hemoglobinopathies
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Ghada A Abusin, Rolla Abu-Arja, Rajinder P S Bajwa, Edwin M Horwitz, Jeffery J Auletta, Hemalatha G Rangarajan
Incidence and severity of transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) in patients with hemoglobinopathies receiving hematopoietic cell transplant is unknown. We report the outcomes for two patients with TA-TMA who received eculizumab. A 2.5-year-old male with sickle cell disease developed TA-TMA-associated pericardial tamponade, severe hypertension, and acute kidney injury 2 months after transplant. A 7-year-old female with β-thalassemia major developed TA-TMA-related acute kidney injury, severe hypertension, and seizures at 6 months after transplant...
March 23, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332798/discontinuation-of-antiepileptic-drugs-in-seizure-free-patients-when-and-how
#20
Morten I Lossius, Kristin Å Alfstad, Kari M Aaberg, Karl O Nakken
In seizure-free patients with epilepsy, the question of whether, and if so when, it is acceptable to withdraw treatment may be difficult to answer. A thorough risk-benefit assessment should be undertaken with the patient and next of kin, during which the consequences of a relapse must be weighed against the disadvantages of continued administration of the drug. As a main rule, adult patients should have been seizure-free for at least two years before discontinuation is considered. In children with epilepsy with a known good prognosis, discontinuation may be considered even earlier...
March 2017: Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening: Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Række
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