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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924292/hemimegalencephaly-with-intractable-epilepsy-a-case-report
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Prem Chand, Muhammad Faraz Raghib, Muhammad Sohail Salat, Fazal Manzoor Arain
Isolated Hemimegalencephaly (iHME) is a rare form of congenital malformation of cortical development.It is characterized by enlargement of all or part of one cerebral hemisphere. It typically presents with intractable seizures, mental retardation, developmental delay, contralateral hemiparesis and hemianopia. The patient was a five and half month's old baby girl who presented first with focal seizures at 10th day of life. No other physical or behavioral abnormality was noted. However, Initial EEG showed excessive sharp EEG transients more over the right hemisphere, repeated EEG showed spikes, polyspikes, sharps and slow wave discharges predominately over right hemisphere...
September 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924182/an-in-vitro-model-of-lissencephaly-expanding-the-role-of-dcx-during-neurogenesis
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M Shahsavani, R J Pronk, R Falk, M Lam, M Moslem, S B Linker, J Salma, K Day, J Schuster, B-M Anderlid, N Dahl, F H Gage, A Falk
Lissencephaly comprises a spectrum of brain malformations due to impaired neuronal migration in the developing cerebral cortex. Classical lissencephaly is characterized by smooth cerebral surface and cortical thickening that result in seizures, severe neurological impairment and developmental delay. Mutations in the X-chromosomal gene DCX, encoding doublecortin, is the main cause of classical lissencephaly. Much of our knowledge about DCX-associated lissencephaly comes from post-mortem analyses of patient's brains, mainly since animal models with DCX mutations do not mimic the disease...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900819/a-homozygous-pigo-mutation-associated-with-severe-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy-and-corpus-callosum-hypoplasia-but-normal-alkaline-phosphatase-levels
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Yoav Zehavi, Anja von Renesse, Etty Daniel-Spiegel, Yonatan Sapir, Luci Zalman, Ilana Chervinsky, Markus Schuelke, Rachel Straussberg, Ronen Spiegel
We describe two sisters from a consanguineous Arab family with global developmental delay, dystrophy, axial hypotonia, epileptic encephalopathy dominated by intractable complex partial seizures that were resistant to various anti-epileptic treatments. Dysmorphic features comprised low set ears, hypertelorism, upslanting palpebral fissures, a broad nasal bridge, and blue sclera with elongated eyelashes. Brain MRI in both children showed a corpus callosum hypoplasia that was evident already in utero and evolving cortical atrophy...
September 13, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898887/angelman-syndrome-due-to-a-maternally-inherited-intragenic-deletion-encompassing-exons-7-and-8-of-the-ube3a-gene
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Athina Ververi, Lily Islam, Beverley Bewes, Louise Busby, Caroline Sullivan, Natalie Canham
Angelman syndrome (AS) is characterised by developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, a characteristic behavioural profile with a happy demeanour, microcephaly, and ataxia. More than two-thirds of cases are due to an approximately 5-Mb interstitial deletion of the imprinted region 15q11.2q13, which is usually de novo. The rest are associated with point mutations in the UBE3A gene, imprinting defects, and paternal uniparental disomy. Small intragenic UBE3A deletions have rarely been described. They are usually maternally inherited, increasing the recurrence risk to 50%, and may be missed by conventional testing (methylation studies and UBE3A gene sequencing)...
September 13, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898173/utility-of-stereoelectroencephalography-in-children-with-dysembryoplastic-neuroepithelial-tumor-and-cortical-malformation
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Jun T Park, Guadalupe Fernandez Baca Vaca, Jennifer Avery, Jonathan P Miller
BACKGROUND: Uncontrolled seizures in children can contribute to irreversible cognitive impairment and developmental delay, in addition to placing them at risk for sudden unexplained death in epileptic patients (SUDEP). Since its introduction at Saint Ann Hospital in Paris in the 1960s, stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) is increasingly being utilized at epilepsy centers in the United States as an invasive tool to help localize the seizure focus in drug-resistant focal epilepsy. INDICATIONS: Children with symptomatic epilepsy, commonly due to cortical dysplasia and dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET), may benefit from SEEG investigation...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893434/biallelic-mutations-in-szt2-cause-a-discernible-clinical-entity-with-epilepsy-developmental-delay-macrocephaly-and-a-dysmorphic-corpus-callosum
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Yuji Nakamura, Yasuko Togawa, Yusuke Okuno, Hideki Muramatsu, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Yoko Kuroki, Daisuke Ieda, Ikumi Hori, Yutaka Negishi, Takao Togawa, Ayako Hattori, Seiji Kojima, Shinji Saitoh
Mutations in SZT2 were first reported in 2013 as a cause of early-onset epileptic encephalopathy. Because only five reports have been published to date, the clinical features associated with SZT2 remain unclear. We herein report an additional patient with biallelic mutations in SZT2. The proband, a four-year-old girl, showed developmental delay and seizures from two years of age. Her seizures were not intractable and readily controlled by valproate. She showed mildly dysmorphic facies with macrocephaly, high forehead, and hypertelorism, and also had pectus carinatum...
September 8, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888853/monitoring-guidance-for-patients-with-hypophosphatasia-treated-with-asfotase-alfa
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Priya S Kishnani, Eric T Rush, Paul Arundel, Nick Bishop, Kathryn Dahir, William Fraser, Paul Harmatz, Agnès Linglart, Craig F Munns, Mark E Nunes, Howard M Saal, Lothar Seefried, Keiichi Ozono
Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare, inherited, systemic, metabolic disorder caused by autosomal recessive mutations or a single dominant-negative mutation in the gene encoding tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNSALP). The disease is associated with a broad range of signs, symptoms, and complications, including impaired skeletal mineralization, altered calcium and phosphate metabolism, recurrent fractures, pain, respiratory problems, impaired growth and mobility, premature tooth loss, developmental delay, and seizures...
July 25, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888331/hamartia-in-hippocampal-sclerosis-associated-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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REVIEW
K L Gawelek, J M Gales, R A Prayson
Hamartia are small collections of rounded glioneuronal cells that are thought to be due to aberrant cell migration. Their presence has been recognized in association with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy; their prevalence among cases of hippocampal sclerosis (HS) and any potential association with patient demographics and outcomes is unknown. This study examines hamartia in a series of 292 patients with pathologically confirmed HS. Medical records were reviewed for pertinent patient clinical information (follow-up mean 5years)...
September 6, 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883876/metabolic-screening-in-children-with-neurodevelopmental-delay-seizure-and-or-regression
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Parvaneh Karimzadeh, Mohammad Mahdi Taghdiri, Ezatollah Abasi, Masoud Hassanvand Amouzadeh, Zhila Naghavi, Ahad Ghazavi, Mohammad Mahdi Nasehi, Abbas Alipour
OBJECTIVE: Neurometabolic disorder is one of the important groups of diseases that prominently has presentation early infantile period. In this study, we evaluated the result of metabolic screening of the patient with seizure, developmental delay and/or regression in development, demographic disease clinical and radiological findings on admitted and outpatient visited children. MATERIALS & METHODS: Two-year retrospective review of 187 children with seizure, developmental delay and/or regression in the Mofid Children Hospital, Tehran, Iran was performed...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877755/uric-acid-an-important-screening-tool-to-detect-inborn-errors-of-metabolism-a-case-series
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Eresha Jasinge, Grace Angeline Malarnangai Kularatnam, Hewa Warawitage Dilanthi, Dinesha Maduri Vidanapathirana, Kandana Liyanage Subhashinie Priyadarshika Kapilani Menike Jayasena, Nambage Dona Priyani Dhammika Chandrasiri, Neluwa Liyanage Ruwan Indika, Pyara Dilani Ratnayake, Vindya Nandani Gunasekara, Lynette Dianne Fairbanks, Blanka Stiburkova
BACKGROUND: Uric acid is the metabolic end product of purine metabolism in humans. Altered serum and urine uric acid level (both above and below the reference ranges) is an indispensable marker in detecting rare inborn errors of metabolism. We describe different case scenarios of 4 Sri Lankan patients related to abnormal uric acid levels in blood and urine. CASE 1: A one-and-half-year-old boy was investigated for haematuria and a calculus in the bladder. Xanthine crystals were seen in microscopic examination of urine sediment...
September 6, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842233/pattern-of-corticospinal-projections-defined-by-brain-mapping-during-resective-epilepsy-surgery-in-a-patient-with-congenital-hemiparesis-and-intractable-epilepsy
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Chen-Ya Yang, Hsin-Hung Chen, Chien Chen, Jan-Wei Chiu, Chen-Liang Chou, Tsui-Fen Yang
BACKGROUND: Congenital or early acquired brain structural lesions often cause contralateral hemiparesis as well as cognitive deficits, developmental delays, and seizures. Among them, seizure is the most debilitating condition, as it greatly impairs the quality of life in both the affected individuals and their caregivers and prevents them from active social participation. CASE DESCRIPTION: Here, we present a 34-year-old man with hemiparesis and early-onset seizures since childhood owing to a congenital brain lesion...
August 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840640/de-novo-pathogenic-variant-in-tubb2a-presenting-with-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita-brain-abnormalities-and-severe-developmental-delay
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Resham Ejaz, Anath C Lionel, Susan Blaser, Susan Walker, Stephen W Scherer, Riyana Babul-Hirji, Christian R Marshall, Dimitri J Stavropoulos, David Chitayat
Disorders of brain formation can occur from pathogenic variants in various alpha and beta tubulin genes. Heterozygous pathogenic variants in the beta tubulin isotype A gene, TUBB2A, have been recently implicated in brain malformations, seizures, and developmental delay. Limited information is known regarding the phenotypic spectrum associated with pathogenic variants in this gene given the rarity of the condition. We report the sixth individual with a de novo heterozygous TUBB2A pathogenic variant, who presented with a severe neurological phenotype along with unique features of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, optic nerve hypoplasia, dysmorphic facial features, and vocal cord paralysis, thereby expanding the gene-related phenotype...
August 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827486/siblings-with-mutations-in-trappc11-presenting-with-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-2s
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Dominic B Fee, Matthew Harmelink, Priya Monrad, Erika Pyzik
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2S (LGMD2S) is an autosomal recessive condition due to mutations in the TRAPPC11 gene. It is recently described with only 9 prior reported individuals. In addition to the muscular dystrophy, some affected individuals have small head size, global developmental delay, seizures, cataracts, and liver problems. Siblings with an uncharacterized LGMD were assessed; whole-exome screening revealed compound heterozygous mutations in the TRAPPC11 gene. Their presentation helps confirm the emerging phenotype for LGMD2S...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821613/the-rir-motif-in-the-scaffold-protein-xrcc1-mediates-a-low-affinity-interaction-with-polynucleotide-kinase-phosphatase-pnkp-during-dna-single-strand-break-repair
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Claire Breslin, Rajam S Mani, Mesfin Fanta, Nicolas Hoch, Michael Weinfeld, Keith W Caldecott
The scaffold protein X-ray repair cross-complementing 1 (XRCC1) interacts with multiple enzymes involved in DNA base excision repair and single-strand break repair (SSBR) and is important for genetic integrity and normal neurological function. One of the most important interactions of XRCC1 is that with polynucleotide kinase/phosphatase (PNKP), a dual-function DNA kinase/phosphatase that processes damaged DNA termini and that, if mutated, results in ataxia with oculomotor apraxia 4 (AOA4) and microcephaly with early-onset seizures and developmental delay (MCSZ)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815955/the-role-of-iqsec2-in-syndromic-intellectual-disability-narrowing-the-diagnostic-odyssey
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Benjamin M Helm, Zoe Powis, Carlos E Prada, Olga L Casasbuenas-Alarcon, Tonya Balmakund, G B Schaefer, Stephen G Kahler, Julie Kaylor, Susan Winter, Yuri A Zarate, Samantha A Schrier Vergano
While X-linked intellectual disability (XLID) syndromes pose a diagnostic challenge for clinicians, an increasing number of recognized disorders and their genetic etiologies are providing answers for patients and their families. The availability of clinical exome sequencing is broadening the ability to identify mutations in genes previously unrecognized as causing XLID. In recent years, the IQSEC2 gene, located at Xp11.22, has emerged as the cause of multiple cases of both nonsyndromic and syndromic XLID. Herein we present a case series of six individuals (five males, one female) with intellectual disability and seizures found to have alterations in IQSEC2...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815871/clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-de-novo-loss-of-function-variants-in-hnrnpu
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Magalie S Leduc, Hsiao-Tuan Chao, Chunjing Qu, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Rui Xiao, Pilar Magoulas, Shujuan Pan, Joke Beuten, Weimin He, Jonathan A Bernstein, Christian P Schaaf, Fernando Scaglia, Christine M Eng, Yaping Yang
DNA alterations in the 1q43-q44 region are associated with syndromic neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by global developmental delay, intellectual disability, dysmorphic features, microcephaly, seizures, and agenesis of the corpus callosum. HNRNPU is located within the 1q43-q44 region and mutations in the gene have been reported in patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy. Here, we report on the clinical presentation of four patients with de novo heterozygous HNRNPU loss-of-function mutations detected by clinical whole exome sequencing: c...
October 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815309/elimination-of-medically-intractable-epileptic-drop-attacks-following-endoscopic-total-corpus-callosotomy-in-rett-syndrome
#17
Keisuke Ueda, Sandeep Sood, Eishi Asano, Ajay Kumar, Aimee F Luat
INTRODUCTION: Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmental genetic disorder, characterized by developmental delay, hand stereotypies, abnormal gait, and acquired microcephaly. Epilepsy is very common in Rett syndrome and can be medically intractable. It remains uncertain if a patient with epileptic drop attacks associated with this genetic disease can benefit from corpus callosotomy. CASE REPORT: We report an 8-year-old girl with Rett syndrome and medically intractable epileptic drop attacks who underwent endoscopic total corpus callosotomy without any complications that led to the successful elimination of her seizures...
August 16, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806457/neurodevelopmental-disorders-caused-by-de-novo-variants-in-kcnb1-genotypes-and-phenotypes
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Carolien G F de Kovel, Steffen Syrbe, Eva H Brilstra, Nienke Verbeek, Bronwyn Kerr, Holly Dubbs, Allan Bayat, Sonal Desai, Sakkubai Naidu, Siddharth Srivastava, Hande Cagaylan, Uluc Yis, Carol Saunders, Martin Rook, Susanna Plugge, Hiltrud Muhle, Zaid Afawi, Karl-Martin Klein, Vijayakumar Jayaraman, Ramakrishnan Rajagopalan, Ethan Goldberg, Eric Marsh, Sudha Kessler, Christina Bergqvist, Laura K Conlin, Bryan L Krok, Isabelle Thiffault, Manuela Pendziwiat, Ingo Helbig, Tilman Polster, Ingo Borggraefe, Johannes R Lemke, Marie-José van den Boogaardt, Rikke S Møller, Bobby P C Koeleman
Importance: Knowing the range of symptoms seen in patients with a missense or loss-of-function variant in KCNB1 and how these symptoms correlate with the type of variant will help clinicians with diagnosis and prognosis when treating new patients. Objectives: To investigate the clinical spectrum associated with KCNB1 variants and the genotype-phenotype correlations. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study summarized the clinical and genetic information of patients with a presumed pathogenic variant in KCNB1...
August 14, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801146/bh4-deficiency-identified-in-a-neonatal-screening-program-for-hyperphenylalaninemia
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Cezar Antonio Abreu de Souza, Michelle Rosa Andrade Alves, Rosangelis Del Lama Soares, Viviane de Cássia Kanufre, Valéria de Melo Rodrigues, Rocksane de Carvalho Norton, Ana Lúcia Pimenta Starling, Marcos José Burle de Aguiar
OBJECTIVES: To show the general prevalence and to characterize tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiencies with hyperphenylalaninemia, identified by the Neonatal Screening Program of the State of Minas Gerais (NSPMG). METHODS: Descriptive study of patients with BH4 deficiency identified by the NSPMG. RESULTS: The prevalence found was 2.1 for 1,000,000 live births, with a frequency of 1.71% among hyperphenylalaninemias. There were four cases (40%) with 6-pyruvoyl-tetrahydropterin synthase (PTPS) deficiency, three with GTP cyclohydrolase I - autosomal recessive form (GTPCH I) deficiency, and three with dihydropteridine reductase (DHPR) deficiency (30% each)...
August 8, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782931/an-lc-ms-ms-based-method-for-the-quantification-of-pyridox-am-ine-5-phosphate-oxidase-activity-in-dried-blood-spots-from-patients-with-epilepsy
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Matthew P Wilson, Emma J Footitt, Apostolos Papandreou, Mari-Liis Uudelepp, Ronit Pressler, Danielle C Stevenson, Camila Gabriel, Mel McSweeney, Matthew Baggot, Derek Burke, Tommy Stödberg, Kate Riney, Manuel Schiff, Simon J R Heales, Kevin A Mills, Paul Gissen, Peter T Clayton, Philippa B Mills
We report the development of a rapid, simple, and robust LC-MS/MS-based enzyme assay using dried blood spots (DBS) for the diagnosis of pyridox(am)ine 5'-phosphate oxidase (PNPO) deficiency (OMIM 610090). PNPO deficiency leads to potentially fatal early infantile epileptic encephalopathy, severe developmental delay, and other features of neurological dysfunction. However, upon prompt treatment with high doses of vitamin B6, affected patients can have a normal developmental outcome. Prognosis of these patients is therefore reliant upon a rapid diagnosis...
September 5, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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