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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543284/in-utero-oxcarbazepine-exposure-and-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-case-report-and-brief-review-of-the-literature
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Chao-Yang Chen, Xing Li, Ling-Yue Ma, Peng-Hui Wu, Ying Zhou, Qi Feng, Yi-Min Cui
Oxcarbazepine is a second-generation antiepileptic drug that is used to treat partial seizures. Although it has been increasingly used in pregnant women, its fetal safety has not been fully validated. We describe a 12-hour-old neonate who developed neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) following intrauterine exposure to oxcarbazepine. The neonate was born by cesarean section to a mother who took oxcarbazepine 300 mg/day for treatment of seizures throughout her pregnancy. Approximately 12 hours after birth, the infant developed paroxysmal jitter, which mainly presented as increased excitability, irritability, limb shaking, and increased muscle tone...
May 20, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532712/photosensitivity-and-epilepsy-current-concepts-and-perspectives-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
A Martins da Silva, Bárbara Leal
The authors review the influence of photic stimuli on the generation of epileptic seizures, addressing the first descriptions of the phenomenon and its subsequent exploration. Initially defined in the 1950's, links between intermittent photic stimulation (IPS) and seizures were well understood by the 1970. Since then the increasing exposure to photic stimuli associated with modern life (for instance through TVs, patterns, computer games and electronic instruments with flickering displays) has led to an increased interest in this issue...
April 5, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527083/shared-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-migraine-and-affective-disorders
#3
Davide Zarcone, Simona Corbetta
Since the nineteenth century several clinical features have been observed in common between migraine and epilepsy (such as episodic attacks, triggering factors, presence of aura, frequent familiarity), but only in recent years researchers have really engaged in finding a common pathogenic mechanism. From studies of disease incidence, we understand how either migraine among patients with epilepsy or epilepsy among migraine patients are more frequent than in the general population. This association may result from a direct causality, by the same environmental risk factors and/or by a common genetic susceptibility...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495788/contraception-advice-for-women-with-epilepsy
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Inuka Kishara Gooneratne, Mayurika Wimalaratna, A K Probhodana Ranaweera, Sunil Wimalaratna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 11, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492978/seizure-response-to-perampanel-in-drug-resistant-epilepsy-with-gliomas-early-observations
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Charles Vecht, Alberto Duran-Peña, Caroline Houillier, Thomas Durand, Laurent Capelle, Gilles Huberfeld
Drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE) occurs commonly in gliomas, possibly due to a shared mechanism of AMPA-activation involving both seizure activity and tumor growth. We tested the AMPA-receptor blocker perampanel (PER) in patients with DRE in low- and high-grade gliomas. Seizure response was defined as 50% drop in seizure frequency or as seizure-freedom. Cognitive function was examined by computerized test on cognitive speed (CTCS), which is sensitive to the type of cognitive dysfunction associated with epilepsy and use of anticonvulsants...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487795/sequence-and-timing-of-intracranial-changes-in-cytomegalovirus-in-pregnancy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Cynthia O'Sullivan, Shankari Arulkumaran, Lorin Lakasing, Eric Jauniaux, Karl Murphy
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common cause of intrauterine infection, occurring in up to 2% of all live births. Most women are asymptomatic or experience nonspecific symptoms, which can lead to long-term sequelae in newborns including neurological impairment, hearing loss, and mental retardation. A 41-year-old woman (G6 P2), with a medical history of epilepsy, presented for her routine anomaly scan at 20 + 4/40. A single finding of echogenic bowel was noted on ultrasound which prompted a full investigation...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481729/anticonvulsant-drugs-for-generalized-tonic-clonic-epilepsy
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Giangennaro Coppola, Alessandra Piccorossi, Francesca Felicia Operto, Alberto Verrotti
Primary generalized tonic clonic seizures (pGTCS) are still linked to major concerns for the clinic and hazards for patients suffering from idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE), so a quick search of the most effective and appropriate therapy is needed to control them. The key criteria for proper treatment are syndromic diagnosis and distinction between newly diagnosed and refractory patients. Other criteria include age, gender and comorbidities. Areas covered: Treatment for pGTCS has expanded in the last two years, with new antiepileptic drugs like perampanel joining valproic acid, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, topiramate, while further evidence-based data are required for zonisamide and lacosamide...
June 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472982/comparative-safety-of-anti-epileptic-drugs-during-pregnancy-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-congenital-malformations-and-prenatal-outcomes
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Areti Angeliki Veroniki, Elise Cogo, Patricia Rios, Sharon E Straus, Yaron Finkelstein, Ryan Kealey, Emily Reynen, Charlene Soobiah, Kednapa Thavorn, Brian Hutton, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Fatemeh Yazdi, Jennifer D'Souza, Heather MacDonald, Andrea C Tricco
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women with epilepsy frequently experience seizures related to pregnancy complications and are often prescribed anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) to manage their symptoms. However, less is known about the comparative safety of AED exposure in utero. We aimed to compare the risk of congenital malformations (CMs) and prenatal outcomes of AEDs in infants/children who were exposed to AEDs in utero through a systematic review and Bayesian random-effects network meta-analysis...
May 5, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431365/attitudes-towards-people-with-epilepsy-in-moscow
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Alla Guekht, Anna Gersamiya, Igor Kaimovskiy, Maria Mizinova, Alexander Yakovlev, Alexander Shpak
PURPOSE: To assess the knowledge and attitudes in Moscow towards people with epilepsy (PWE). METHODS: Data were collected from 1167 adults, permanent residents of Moscow, who were interviewed. A 10-item questionnaire was used addressing three major domains: familiarity with epilepsy (2 questions), understanding of epilepsy (5 questions), and attitude towards the PWE (3 questions). Results were standardized to the Moscow population. RESULTS: The study population was generally well informed about epilepsy...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426368/living-in-the-epilepsy-treatment-gap-in-rural-south-india-a-focused-ethnography-of-women-and-problems-associated-with-stigma
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Jane R von Gaudecker, Ann Gill Taylor, Arlene W Keeling, Janice M Buelow, Sailas Benjamin
In India, women with epilepsy face unique challenges. A focused ethnography of six women within the epilepsy treatment gap was conducted in rural South India. Women were asked to describe their day-to-day lives. Data were collected through open-ended, semistructured interview questions, participant observation, and field notes. Thematic analysis was done. The disease-related stigma contributed to the women's physical, psychological, and emotional struggles; the women and their family members made every effort to conceal the disease...
April 20, 2017: Health Care for Women International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421657/core-outcome-sets-in-women-s-and-newborn-health-a-systematic-review
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James M N Duffy, Rachel Rolph, Chris Gale, Martin Hirsch, Khalid S Khan, Sue Ziebland, Richard J McManus
BACKGROUND: Variation in outcome collection and reporting is a serious hindrance to progress in our specialty, over eighty journals have come together to support the development, dissemination, and implementation of core outcome sets. OBJECTIVE: This study systematically reviewed and characterised registered, progressing, or completed core outcome sets relevant to women's and newborn health. SEARCH STRATEGY: Systematic search using the Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trial initiative and the Core Outcomes in Women's and Newborn Health initiative databases...
April 19, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412607/effect-of-early-postnatal-exposure-to-valproate-on-neurobehavioral-development-and-regional-bdnf-expression-in-two-strains-of-mice
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Kevin G Bath, Tiare Pimentel
Valproate has been used for over 30years as a first-line treatment for epilepsy. In recent years, prenatal exposure to valproate has been associated with teratogenic effects, limiting its use in women that are pregnant or of childbearing age. However, despite its potential detrimental effects on development, valproate continues to be prescribed at high rates in pediatric populations in some countries. Animal models allow us to test hypotheses regarding the potential effects of postnatal valproate exposure on neurobehavioral development, as well as identify potential mechanisms mediating observed effects...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394231/long-term-neurodevelopmental-outcome-of-children-born-to-prospectively-followed-pregnancies-of-women-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-or-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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C Nalli, A Iodice, L Andreoli, J Galli, A Lojacono, M Motta, E Fazzi, A Tincani
Background Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) are autoimmune diseases that affect women of childbearing age. Maternal IgG antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) can cross the placenta during pregnancy and theoretically reach the fetal brain. Some studies showed an increased number of learning disabilities in these children. Objectives To evaluate the long-term neurodevelopmental outcome of 40 children (median age 7.4 years) born to mothers with SLE and/or APS carrying positive IgG aPL during the third trimester of pregnancy...
April 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369748/reasons-for-discontinuation-of-reversible-contraceptive-methods-by-women-with-epilepsy
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Hannah B Mandle, Kaitlyn E Cahill, Kristen M Fowler, W Allen Hauser, Anne R Davis, Andrew G Herzog
OBJECTIVE: To report the reasons for discontinuation of contraceptive methods by women with epilepsy (WWE). METHODS: These retrospective data come from a web-based survey regarding the contraceptive practices of 1,144 WWE in the community, ages 18-47 years. We determined the frequencies of contraceptive discontinuations and the reasons for discontinuation. We compared risk ratios for rates of discontinuation among contraceptive methods and categories. We used chi-square analysis to test the independence of discontinuation reasons among the various contraceptive methods and categories and when stratified by antiepileptic drug (AED) categories...
April 3, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365440/evaluate-the-effects-of-long-term-valproic-acid-treatment-on-metabolic-profiles-in-newly-diagnosed-or-untreated-female-epileptic-patients-a-prospective-study
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Harpreet Singh Sidhu, R Srinivas, Akshay Sadhotra
PURPOSE: Excessive weight gain associated with sodium valproate (VPA) may predispose patients with epilepsy to other health problems such as insulin resistance. We prospectively evaluated the long-term impact of VPA monotherapy compared with lamotrigine (LTG) monotherapy on anthropometric and metabolic parameters in women with epilepsy. Our primary objective is to understand the underlying mechanism responsible for VPA-induced obesity. METHODS: Sixty-six female patients with newly diagnosed or untreated epilepsy were included in the study...
March 22, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346588/association-between-childhood-onset-epilepsy-and-amyloid-burden-5-decades-later
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Juho Joutsa, Juha O Rinne, Bruce Hermann, Mira Karrasch, Anu Anttinen, Shlomo Shinnar, Matti Sillanpää
Importance: The effect of childhood epilepsy on later-life cognitive and brain health is an unclear and little-explored issue. Objective: To determine whether adults with a history of childhood-onset epilepsy exhibit increased brain amyloid accumulation, possibly predisposing to accelerated cognitive impairment or even frank cognitive disorders in later life. Design, Setting, and Participants: Forty-one adults from a population-based cohort of individuals with childhood-onset epilepsy in southwestern Finland, together with 46 matched population-based controls, underwent amyloid ligand carbon 11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) positron emission tomography after long-term prospective follow-up...
May 1, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342319/absolute-spike-frequency-as-a-predictor-of-surgical-outcome-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#17
Ly Ngo, Michael R Sperling, Christopher Skidmore, Scott Mintzer, Maromi Nei
PURPOSE: Frequent interictal epileptiform abnormalities may correlate with poor prognosis after temporal lobe resection for refractory epilepsy. To date, studies have focused on limited resections such as selective amygdalohippocampectomy and apical temporal lobectomy without hippocampectomy. However, it is unclear whether the frequency of spikes predicts outcome after standard anterior temporal lobectomy. METHOD: Preoperative scalp video-EEG monitoring data from patients who subsequently underwent anterior temporal lobectomy over a three year period and were followed for at least one year were reviewed for the frequency of interictal epileptiform abnormalities...
April 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322853/the-role-of-histopathologic-subtype-in-the-setting-of-hippocampal-sclerosis-associated-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#18
Jordan M Gales, Lara Jehi, Amy Nowacki, Richard A Prayson
Hippocampal sclerosis (HS) and focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) are among the most common neuropathological findings in those undergoing surgery for refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). Existing data regarding differences among the most recent International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) HS subtypes remains limited. This study sought to characterize the roles of HS subtype and coexistent FCD. Epilepsy surgery pathologic specimens in 307 cases of temporal lobe epilepsy with HS were reviewed (mean age ± SD, 37 ± 15 years, 56% women)...
March 17, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318732/paroxysmal-events-during-prolonged-video-video-electroencephalography-monitoring-in-refractory-epilepsy
#19
A Sanabria-Castro, F Henríquez-Varela, C Monge-Bonilla, S Lara-Maier, M Sittenfeld-Appel
INTRODUCTION: Given that epileptic seizures and non-epileptic paroxysmal events have similar clinical manifestations, using specific diagnostic methods is crucial, especially in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Prolonged video electroencephalography monitoring during epileptic seizures reveals epileptiform discharges and has become an essential procedure for epilepsy diagnosis. The main purpose of this study is to characterise paroxysmal events and compare patterns in patients with refractory epilepsy...
March 16, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281490/evidence-based-guidelines-for-the-management-of-epilepsy
#20
REVIEW
Sanjay P Singh, Ram Sankaraneni, Arun R Antony
Approximately 50 million people live with epilepsy worldwide. The aim of this review is to present an overview of the current evidence and management recommendations for evaluation and treatment of patients with epilepsy. Systematic literature reviews were undertaken. A review of contemporary published evidence-based guidelines (American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, and the Indian Epilepsy Society) and published peer reviewed scientific publications was done. The guideline is addressed to all clinicians who manage epilepsy patients...
2017: Neurology India
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