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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668049/surgical-management-of-spontaneous-cerebrospinal-fistulas-and-encephaloceles-of-the-temporal-bone
#1
Joe Walter Kutz, Andrew K Johnson, Cameron C Wick
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To describe the presentation, surgical findings, and outcomes in patients with spontaneous temporal bone cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fistulas and encephaloceles. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients treated for a spontaneous temporal bone CSF fistula and/or encephalocele over a 10-year period was performed. Data recorded included demographic information, presenting signs and symptoms, radiographic and laboratory studies, surgical approach, materials used for repair, surgical complications, and successful closure of the CSF fistula...
April 18, 2018: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667458/sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-ongoing-challenges-in-finding-mechanisms-and-prevention
#2
Doungporn Ruthirago, Parunyou Julayanont, Amputch Karukote, Mohamed Shehabeldin, Kenneth Nugent
Patients with epilepsy have a significantly higher risk of death than the general population. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the leading cause of sudden death among patients with epilepsy. Despite on-going research, there are still deficits in our knowledge about the mechanisms, genetic factors, and prevention of SUDEP. Current evidence suggests that cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory dysfunction, and brainstem arousal system dysfunction are the major mechanisms of SUDEP, and animal models support the role of neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and adenosine, in pathophysiology of SUDEP...
April 18, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667327/novel-west-syndrome-candidate-genes-in-a-chinese-cohort
#3
Jing Peng, Ying Wang, Fang He, Chen Chen, Li-Wen Wu, Li-Fen Yang, Yu-Ping Ma, Wen Zhang, Zi-Qing Shi, Chao Chen, Kun Xia, Hui Guo, Fei Yin, Nan Pang
AIMS: West syndrome (WS) is a classic form of early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) characterized by tonic spasms with clustering, arrest of psychomotor development, and hypsarrhythmia on electroencephalography. Genetic defects play a critical role in the pathology of WS, and 54 EIEE genes have been identified till date. This study was designed to uncover new candidate genes for West syndrome. METHODS: In this study, we recruited 56 Chinese families with WS of unknown etiology...
April 17, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667271/syndrome-and-outcome-of-antibody-negative-limbic-encephalitis
#4
Francesc Graus, Domingo Escudero, Laura Oleaga, Jordi Bruna, Alberto Villarejo-Galende, Jordi Ballabriga, María Inés Barceló, Francisco Gilo, Stoyan Popkirov, Pavel Stourac, Josep Dalmau
OBJECTIVE: To report the clinical characteristics of 12 patients with limbic encephalitis (LE) who were antibody-negative after a comprehensive immunological study. METHODS: Review of clinical records of 163 patients with LE. Immunohistochemistry on rat brain, cultured neurons, and cell-based assays were used to identify neuronal autoantibodies. Patients were included if 1) there was adequate clinical, CSF, and MRI information to classify the syndrome as LE, 2) MRI images were accesible for central review, and 3) serum and CSF were available and confirmed negative for neuronal antibodies...
April 18, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667129/elevation-of-mmp-9-levels-promotes-epileptogenesis-after-traumatic-brain-injury
#5
Barbara Pijet, Marzena Stefaniuk, Agnieszka Kostrzewska-Ksiezyk, Photini-Effie Tsilibary, Athina Tzinia, Leszek Kaczmarek
Posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) is a recurrent seizure disorder that often develops secondary to traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by an external mechanical force. Recent evidence shows that the brain extracellular matrix plays a major role in the remodeling of neuronal connections after injury. One of the proteases that is presumably responsible for this process is matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9). The levels of MMP-9 are elevated in rodent brain tissue and human blood samples after TBI. However, no studies have described the influence of MMP-9 on the development of PTE...
April 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667074/on-the-optimal-z-score-threshold-for-siscom-analysis-to-localize-the-ictal-onset-zone
#6
Liesbeth De Coster, Koen Van Laere, Evy Cleeren, Kristof Baete, Patrick Dupont, Wim Van Paesschen, Karolien E Goffin
BACKGROUND: In epilepsy patients, SISCOM or subtraction ictal single photon emission computed tomography co-registered to magnetic resonance imaging has become a routinely used, non-invasive technique to localize the ictal onset zone (IOZ). Thresholding of clusters with a predefined number of standard deviations from normality (z-score) is generally accepted to localize the IOZ. In this study, we aimed to assess the robustness of this parameter in a group of patients with well-characterized drug-resistant epilepsy in whom the exact location of the IOZ was known after successful epilepsy surgery...
April 17, 2018: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666958/ictal-interictal-continuum-patterns
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REVIEW
Gamaleldin M Osman, Davi F Araújo, Carolina B Maciel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To present data available on the epidemiology and significance of rhythmic and periodic patterns that lie on the ictal interictal continuum and propose an algorithm for the clinical approach to patients exhibiting these patterns. RECENT FINDINGS: There is accumulating evidence on the prognostic implications of various rhythmic and periodic patterns in the critically ill population. These patterns are not only associated with increased seizure risk but have also been associated with worse outcome and increased long-term risk of epilepsy in recent studies...
April 18, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666902/effect-of-cyp2c19-ugt1a8-and-ugt2b7-on-valproic-acid-clearance-in-children-with-epilepsy-a-population-pharmacokinetic-model
#8
Shenghui Mei, Weixing Feng, Leting Zhu, Xingang Li, Yazhen Yu, Weili Yang, Baoqin Gao, Xiaojuan Wu, Fang Fang, Zhigang Zhao
PURPOSE: Valproic acid (VPA) is an important drug in seizure control with great inter-individual differences in metabolism and treatment effect. This study aims to identify the effects of genetic variants on VPA clearance in a population pharmacokinetic (popPK) model in children with epilepsy. METHODS: A total of 325 VPA plasma concentrations from 290 children with epilepsy were used to develop the popPK model by using the nonlinear mixed-effects modeling method...
April 17, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666704/practice-patterns-and-barriers-for-intravenous-thrombolysis-a-survey-of-neurologists-in-saudi-arabia
#9
Mohammed H Alanazy, Rima B Barakeh, Alanood Asiri, Maha F Edrees, Ahmad R Abuzinadah, Bandar N Aljafen, Taim Muayqil
Only a small fraction of patients with acute ischemic stroke receive intravenous thrombolysis (IVT). We sought to assess barriers and practice patterns in using IVT for acute ischemic stroke among neurologists in Saudi Arabia. An electronic survey was sent to all neurologists registered with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. A total of 148 (77.5%) neurologists responded. The most common reported barriers for IVT administration were delayed presentation to hospitals (82.4%) and unclear time of symptom onset (50...
2018: Neurology Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665789/idiopathic-basal-ganglia-calcification-associated-with-cerebral-micro-infarcts-a-case-report
#10
Takuma Nishimoto, Fumiaki Oka, Hideyuki Ishihara, Mizuya Shinoyama, Michiyasu Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by symmetric intracranial calcium deposition. We report a patient with IBGC associated with cerebral infarction due to impairment of cerebrovascular reactivity based on single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with acetazolamide challenge. CASE PRESENTATION: A 66-year-old male presented with right conjugate deviation, right hemiparesis and total aphasia due to a convulsive seizure...
April 17, 2018: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665725/epileptic-eeg-identification-via-lbp-operators-on-wavelet-coefficients
#11
Qi Yuan, Weidong Zhou, Fangzhou Xu, Yan Leng, Dongmei Wei
The automatic identification of epileptic electroencephalogram (EEG) signals can give assistance to doctors in diagnosis of epilepsy, and provide the higher security and quality of life for people with epilepsy. Feature extraction of EEG signals determines the performance of the whole recognition system. In this paper, a novel method using the local binary pattern (LBP) based on the wavelet transform (WT) is proposed to characterize the behavior of EEG activities. First, the WT is employed for time-frequency decomposition of EEG signals...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665572/diagnostic-and-treatment-practices-for-psychogenic-nonepileptic-and-epileptic-seizures-in-namibia
#12
Anina du Toit, Chrisma Pretorius
PURPOSE: Information about existing healthcare resources for the management of seizures in developing countries is lacking. These countries are often poorly equipped to deal with the immense burden of costs, mortality, stigma, seizure-related disability, and comorbidities presented by seizure disorders. This study aimed to contribute to the goals of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) by investigating the resources available for patients with seizure in Namibia. METHODS: Two separate surveys on the diagnostic and treatment practices for epileptic seizures (ES) and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) were administered to private healthcare practitioners (HCPs) in Namibia...
April 13, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665529/electroclinical-characteristics-and-syndromic-associations-of-eye-condition-related-visual-sensitive-epilepsies-a-cross-sectional-study
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Kalyani Dilip Karkare, Ramshekhar N Menon, Ashalatha Radhakrishnan, Ajith Cherian, Sanjeev V Thomas
PURPOSE: The systematic study of visual phenomena such as eye closure (ECLS), eye-closed/fixation-off sensitivity (FOS) [terminology proposed as eye-condition sensitive (ECS) epilepsy] distinct from photosensitivity is rarely explored in literature. METHODS: Clinical, electroencephalographic (EEG) and imaging records of patients attending an epilepsy clinic were screened. Inclusion criterion was demonstrable electrographic visual sensitivitiy in the form of ECS parameters with/without photosensitivity...
March 30, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665500/aromatase-inhibition-by-letrozole-attenuates-kainic-acid-induced-seizures-but-not-neurotoxicity-in-mice
#14
Ramsha Iqbal, Gaurav K Jain, Fouzia Siraj, Divya Vohora
Evidence shows neurosteroids play a key role in regulating epileptogenesis. Neurosteroids such as testosterone modulate seizure susceptibility through its transformation to metabolites which show proconvulsant and anticonvulsant effects, respectively. Reduction of testosterone by aromatase generates proconvulsant 17-β estradiol. Alternatively, testosterone is metabolized into 5α-dihydrotestosterone (5α-DHT) by 5α-reductase, which is then reduced by 3α-hydroxysteroid oxidoreductase enzyme (3α-HSOR) to form anticonvulsant metabolite 3α-androstanediol (3α-Diol), a potent GABAA receptor modulating neurosteroid...
April 9, 2018: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665472/off-line-solid-phase-extraction-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-quantitation-of-brivaracetam-acid-metabolites-method-validation-and-application-to-in-vitro-metabolism-assays
#15
Emmanuel Bourgogne, Benoit Culot, Sylvie Dell'Aiera, Hugues Chanteux, Armel Stockis, Jean-Marie Nicolas
Brivaracetam (BRV) is a new high affinity synaptic vesicle protein 2A ligand recently approved for adults with partial-onset seizures. As a support to in vitro metabolism assays, a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method coupled to off-line solid phase extraction (SPE) was developed to quantify BRV acid metabolites, that is, BRV-AC (carboxylic derivative derived from BRV hydrolysis) and BRV-OHAC (corresponding to hydroxylated BRV-AC). The method was validated for various incubates (liver and kidney tissue homogenates and blood, all from humans) and applied to in vitro metabolism assays...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665128/a-role-for-astrocyte-derived-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptides-in-the-degeneration-of-neurons-in-an-animal-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#16
A Kodam, D Ourdev, M Maulik, J Hariharakrishnan, M Banerjee, Y Wang, S Kar
Kainic acid, an analogue of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, can trigger seizures and neurotoxicity in the hippocampus and other limbic structures in a manner that mirrors the neuropathology of human temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). However, the underlying mechanisms associated with the neurotoxicity remain unclear. Since amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides, which are critical in the development of Alzheimer's disease, can mediate toxicity by activating glutamatergic NMDA receptors, it is likely that the enhanced glutamatergic transmission that renders hippocampal neurons vulnerable to kainic acid treatment may involve Aβ peptides...
April 17, 2018: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664874/traumatic-brain-injury-and-infectious-encephalopathy-in-children-from-four-resource-limited-settings-in-africa
#17
Ericka L Fink, Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim, Rashmi Kumar, Patrick T Wilson, Tigist Bacha, Abenezer Tirsit Aklilu, Tsegazeab Laeke Teklemariam, Shubhada Hooli, Lisine Tuyisenge, Easmon Otupiri, Anthony Fabio, John Gianakas, Patrick M Kochanek, Derek C Angus, Robert C Tasker
OBJECTIVES: To assess the frequency, interventions, and outcomes of children presenting with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy in low-resource settings. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Four hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa. PATIENTS: Children age 1 day to 17 years old evaluated at the hospital with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: We evaluated the frequency and outcomes of children presenting consecutively over 4 weeks to any hospital department with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy...
April 16, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663900/congenital-toxoplasmosis-in-tunisia-prenatal-and-neonatal-diagnosis-and-postnatal-follow-up-of-35-cases
#18
Boudaouara Yosr, Aoun Karim, Maatoug Rania, Souissi Olfa, Bouratbine Aïda, Ben Abdallah Rym
Congenital toxoplasmosis (CT) results from transplacental passage of Toxoplasma gondii to the fetus during acute maternal infection. Our study aims to report clinical and biological patterns of 35 cases of CT diagnosed at the department of the Parasitology of the Pasteur Institute of Tunis and to access the performance of prenatal and early postnatal diagnosis techniques. Serological screening of maternal infection was performed by Immunoglobulin (Ig) M and IgG detection and IgG avidity determination. Prenatal diagnosis was based on both Toxoplasma DNA detection in the amniotic fluid and monthly ultrasound examinations...
April 16, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663692/profiles-of-gene-expression-in-the-hippocampal-formation-of-rats-with-experimentally-induced-brain-dysplasia
#19
Michal Kielbinski, Zuzanna Setkowicz, Kinga Gzielo, Krzysztof Janeczko
Malformations of cortical development (MCD) are a common cause of intractable seizures in humans. Among these, focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) poses an outstanding challenge. There are several subtypes of FCD that show significant variation in pathology and clinical presentation. All types exhibit disturbed cortical cytoarchitecture and increased propensity for seizures. The etiology is likely heterogenous, with mutations, specifically in genes related to mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), identified in only a subset of cases...
April 16, 2018: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663451/association-of-prolonged-qtc-interval-with-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-neurocardiac-syndrome-inside-the-mystery-of-the-insula-of-reil
#20
REVIEW
Vincenzo Marafioti, Giulia Turri, Vincenzo Carbone, Salvatore Monaco
The Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is often considered autochthonous to the heart, although the primary problem may be not in the heart muscle itself. Instead, similar to several Takotsubo-like cardiac pathologies seen in acute neurological diseases, it may reflect the capacity of the nervous system to injure the heart. Persuasive evidence exists that shocking emotional stress promotes direct heart injuries. Moreover, clinical and laboratory research shows that cardiac structural damage can occur in the presence of a normal heart, especially in the context of seizures, stroke, and traumatic brain injury or under conditions of psychological stress...
April 17, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
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