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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641176/epilepsy-and-pregnancy-for-healthy-pregnancies-and-happy-outcomes-john-paul-leach-on-behalf-of-the-multispecialty-uk-epilepsy-mortality-group
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J P Leach, P E Smith, J Craig, M Bagary, D Cavanagh, S Duncan, A R C Kelso, A G Marson, D McCorry, L Nashef, C Nelson-Piercy, R Northridge, K Sieradzan, S Thangaratinam, M Walker, J Winterbottom, M Reuber
Between 2009 and 2012 there were 26 epilepsy-related deaths in the UK of women who were pregnant or in the first post-partum year. The number of pregnancy-related deaths in women with epilepsy (WWE) has been increasing. Expert assessment suggests that most epilepsy-related deaths in pregnancy were preventable and attributable to poor seizure control. While prevention of seizures during pregnancy is important, a balance must be struck between seizure control and the teratogenic potential of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)...
June 1, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605689/folic-acid-use-by-women-with-epilepsy-findings-of-the-epilepsy-birth-control-registry
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Andrew G Herzog, Devon B MacEachern, Hannah B Mandle, Kaitlyn E Cahill, Kristen M Fowler, Anne R Davis, W Allen Hauser
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence and predictors of folic acid (FA) use by women with epilepsy (WWE) at risk of unintended pregnancy. METHODS: These retrospective data come from the Epilepsy Birth Control Registry (EBCR) web-based survey of 1144 WWE in the community, 18-47years, who provided demographic, epilepsy, AED, contraception, pregnancy, healthcare visits and FA data. We report prevalence and predictors of FA use in relation to risk of pregnancy (not at risk, at risk, seeking pregnancy, pregnant), demographics, seizure types and AED and contraception categories...
June 8, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591672/global-variation-in-pregnancy-complications-in-women-with-epilepsy-a-meta-analysis
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John Allotey, David Aroyo-Manzano, Patricia Lopez, Luz Viale, Javier Zamora, Shakila Thangaratinam
OBJECTIVE: Women with epilepsy are at risk of pregnancy complications. Whether these vary globally is unknown. We undertook a systematic review to assess the overall rates of obstetric outcomes in women with epilepsy, and variations in estimates across geographical region, economic status of country, and over time. STUDY DESIGN: We searched Medline, Embase, Cochrane, AMED and CINAHL, (January 1, 1990 and November 29, 2016), without any language restrictions for studies reporting core maternal and fetal outcomes in women with epilepsy...
May 30, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590833/evaluation-of-a-decision-aid-for-women-with-epilepsy-who-are-considering-pregnancy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Amanda McGrath, Louise Sharpe, Suncica Lah, Kaitlyn Parratt
BACKGROUND: For many women with epilepsy (WWE), decision making about pregnancy is complicated by considerations such as the potential teratogenicity of antiepileptic drugs, offspring risk of epilepsy, seizure occurrence during pregnancy, and the challenges of parenting amidst poorly controlled seizures. OBJECTIVE: This proof-of-concept, randomized controlled trial aimed to evaluate a decision aid (DA) developed to help WWE decide if they should start or enlarge their families...
July 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577443/re-working-biographies-women-s-narratives-of-pregnancy-whilst-living-with-epilepsy
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Annalise Weckesser, Elaine Denny
This paper explores the multiple ways experiences of pregnancy and early motherhood come to 'rework' the biographies of women living with epilepsy. Pregnancy is explored as a temporarily concurrent status alongside the long-term condition of epilepsy. Narrative interviews were conducted with 32 women from across the UK. Analysis of these narratives suggests that biographical disruption and continuity are both useful in the conceptualisation of women's diverse experiences of pregnancy and epilepsy. Such findings challenge the notion that the presence of a condition over a long period of time leads to the normalisation of illness...
May 18, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572227/medical-problems-in-pregnancy
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Bhaskar Narayan, Catherine Nelson-Piercy
The prevalence of medical problems in pregnancy is increasing because of a complex interplay between demographic and lifestyle factors, and developments in modern medicine. Maternal mortality and morbidity resulting from treatable medical conditions, such as venous thromboembolism, epilepsy and autoimmune disease, have not decreased in recent years. This is despite a marked decrease in overall maternal mortality. It is vital that all physicians acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of medical problems in pregnancy...
June 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560798/vns-and-pregnancy-a-multicentric-experience-of-four-cases
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X Rodríguez-Osorio, F J López-González, Í Garamendi, J Rumià, A Matute, Á Prieto-González, M Carreño
BACKGROUND: Vagus nerve stimulation system (VNS) has been employed worldwide as adjunctive therapy in drug-resistant epileptic patients. Only nine previous pregnancies with six-positive outcomes have been reported in women with epilepsy treated with VNS since 1998. AIMS OF THE STUDY: To communicate the experience of pregnancies in women treated with VNS in our country. METHODS: Clinical data of four female patients treated with VNS during pregnancy and delivery in five gestations is described...
May 31, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553372/clinical-spectrum-comorbidities-and-risk-factor-profile-of-cerebral-palsy-children-a-prospective-study
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Priyanka Minocha, Sadasivan Sitaraman, Pallavi Sachdeva
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood. This study aimed to describe clinical spectrum, comorbidities, and risk factors associated with CP children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This hospital-based observational study was conducted in tertiary level hospital in Jaipur including 180 CP children aged 1-12 years, attending the Paediatric Neurology Outdoor and Child Development Centre. A detailed history of antenatal, natal, and postnatal events taken and thorough examination was performed to stratify children in proper topographical and physiological classification...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552137/the-natural-history-of-cerebral-arteriovenous-malformations
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Anil Can, Bradley A Gross, Rose Du
Cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are composed of a complex tangle of abnormal arteries and veins and are a significant source of cerebral hemorrhage and consequent morbidity and mortality in young adults, representing a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Current natural-history studies of cerebral AVMs report overall annual rates of 1% and 3% for the risk of epilepsy and hemorrhage, respectively. Unruptured AVMs have an annual hemorrhage rate of 2.2% while ruptured lesions have an annual hemorrhage rate of 4...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
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/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/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/28455369/complement-c5ar1-signaling-promotes-polarization-and-proliferation-of-embryonic-neural-progenitor-cells-through-pkc%C3%AE
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Liam G Coulthard, Owen A Hawksworth, Rui Li, Anushree Balachandran, John D Lee, Farshid Sepehrband, Nyoman Kurniawan, Angela Jeanes, David G Simmons, Ernst Wolvetang, Trent M Woodruff
The complement system, typically associated with innate immunity, is emerging as a key controller of non-immune systems including in development, with recent studies linking complement mutations with neurodevelopmental disease. A key effector of the complement response is the activation fragment C5a which, through its receptor C5aR1, is a potent driver of inflammation. Surprisingly, C5aR1 is also expressed during early mammalian embryogenesis, however no clearly defined function is ascribed to C5aR1 in development...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434134/pregnancy-outcomes-following-in-utero-exposure-to-lamotrigine-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Gali Pariente, Tom Leibson, Talya Shulman, Thomasin Adams-Webber, Eran Barzilay, Irena Nulman
INTRODUCTION: Lamotrigine is used in pregnancy to control epilepsy and mood disorders. The reproductive safety of this widely used drug remains undefined and may represent a significant public health concern. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of existing knowledge related to malformation rates and maternal-neonatal outcomes after in utero exposure to monotherapy with lamotrigine. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified through systematic searches conducted in MEDLINE (Ovid), Embase (Ovid), CENTRAL (Ovid), and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) from database inception to July 2016; no language or date restrictions were applied...
April 22, 2017: CNS Drugs
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/28413441/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-among-ugandan-children-a-cross-sectional-study
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Joan Wamulugwa, Angelina Kakooza, Sabrina Bakeera Kitaka, Joyce Nalugya, Mark Kaddumukasa, Shirley Moore, Martha Sajatovic, Elly Katabira
BACKGROUND: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder among the children. The burden of ADHD or its associated factors in Uganda are not known. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and the associated factors of ADHD among children attending the neurology and psychiatry clinics at Mulago National Referral Hospital. METHODS: Using the disruptive behavior scale (45 items), we investigated the presence of ADHD symptoms among children attending Mulago Hospital...
2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410885/successful-implantation-and-immediate-activation-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns-during-pregnancy-in-a-patient-with-intractable-epilepsy-a-case-illustration-and-review-of-the-literature
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N Jazebi, N Moghimi, R Lall, E Osadebey, J Ortega-Barnett, T Masel
While Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is proven to be a safe and effective adjunctive therapy in the general population with medically intractable seizures, little is published about its implantation during pregnancy. Here we illustrate the case of a 21year old primigravid woman with medically refractory seizures who underwent safe and successful VNS implantation and immediate activation of the device in her 32nd week of pregnancy, resulting in dramatically improved seizure control and subsequent delivery of a healthy baby...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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/28385340/lacosamide-during-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding
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Simona Lattanzi, Claudia Cagnetti, Nicoletta Foschi, Leandro Provinciali, Mauro Silvestrini
BACKGROUND: The epilepsy treatment during pregnancy represents a balance between teratogenic hazard and seizure control. The aim of the study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of lacosamide (LCS) during pregnancy and breastfeeding. METHODS: Patients referred to our Epilepsy Center for pregnancy planning who became pregnant while taking LCS were prospectively followed-up. Data on seizure frequency, side effects, pregnancy course, delivery and breastfeeding, birth outcome, congenital malformation and development of newborns were collected...
May 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384785/maternal-body-mass-index-in-early-pregnancy-and-risk-of-epilepsy-in-offspring
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Neda Razaz, Kristina Tedroff, Eduardo Villamor, Sven Cnattingius
Importance: There is growing concern about the long-term neurologic effects of prenatal exposure to maternal overweight and obesity. The causes of epilepsy are poorly understood and, in more than 60% of the patients, no definitive cause can be determined. Objectives: To investigate the association between early pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and the risk of childhood epilepsy and examine associations between obesity-related pregnancy and neonatal complications and risks of childhood epilepsy...
April 3, 2017: JAMA Neurology
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