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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651125/online-patient-information-on-vagus-nerve-stimulation-how-reliable-is-it-for-facilitating-shared-decision-making
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Ronak Ved, Naomi Cobbold, Kueni Igbagiri, Mark Willis, Paul Leach, Malik Zaben
PURPOSE: This study evaluates the quality of information available on the internet for carers of children with epilepsy considering treatment with Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Selected key phrases were entered into two popular search engines (Google™, Yahoo™). These phrases were: "Vagus nerve stimulator", alone and in combination with "childhood epilepsy", "paediatric epilepsy" and "epilepsy in childhood"; "VNS", and "VNS epilepsy". The first 50 hits per search were then screened...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646797/the-experience-of-living-with-adult-onset-epilepsy
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Stephanie Kılınç, Anna van Wersch, Carol Campbell, Alison Guy
The incidence and prevalence of adults diagnosed with epilepsy is higher compared to those diagnosed in childhood, yet the experience of living with adult-onset epilepsy has rarely been examined. Hence, the current study took a phenomenological approach to examining the experience of living with epilepsy following diagnosis in adulthood. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 39 people from across the UK, diagnosed with epilepsy between the ages of eighteen and sixty, at two points in time, six months apart...
June 21, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643843/perisylvian-including-insular-childhood-epilepsy-presurgical-workup-and-surgical-outcome
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Elena Freri, Sara Matricardi, Francesca Gozzo, Massimo Cossu, Tiziana Granata, Laura Tassi
OBJECTIVE: To report the presurgical workup, surgical procedures, and outcomes in a series of pediatric patients with drug-resistant epilepsy involving the perisylvian/insular regions. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed 16 pediatric patients affected by drug-resistant focal epilepsy involving perisylvian/insular regions, who consecutively underwent tailored resective surgery. All patients underwent a detailed presurgical workup, which included the analysis of the anatomoelectroclinical correlations with scalp electroencephalography (EEG) and/or with stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG), brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and comprehensive cognitive and neuropsychological evaluations...
June 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638151/the-crystal-structure-of-human-rogdi-provides-insight-into-the-causes-of-kohlschutter-t%C3%A3-nz-syndrome
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Hakbong Lee, Hanbin Jeong, Joonho Choe, Youngsoo Jun, Chunghun Lim, Changwook Lee
Kohlschutter-Tönz syndrome (KTS) is a rare autosomal-recessive disorder of childhood onset characterized by global developmental delay, spasticity, epilepsy, and amelogenesis imperfecta. Rogdi, an essential protein, is highly conserved across metazoans, and mutations in Rogdi are linked to KTS. However, how certain mutations in Rogdi abolish its physiological functions and cause KTS is not known. In this study, we determined the crystal structure of human Rogdi protein at atomic resolution. Rogdi forms a novel elongated curved structure comprising the α domain, a leucine-zipper-like four-helix bundle, and a characteristic β-sheet domain...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637637/alternating-hemiplegia-of-childhood-and-a-pathogenic-variant-of-atp1a3-a-case-report-and-pathophysiological-considerations
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Elena Pavlidis, Peter Uldall, Camilla Gøbel Madsen, Marina Nikanorova, Martin Fabricius, Hans Høgenhaven, Francesco Pisani, Rikke S Møller, Elena Gardella, Guido Rubboli
We describe a case of a child suffering from alternating hemiplegia with a heterozygous p. E815K pathogenic variant of ATP1A3. The patient started to present abnormal eye movements in the first days of life, followed by the appearance at 2 months of dystonic episodes, and later on, by recurrent episodes of alternating hemiplegia more often on the right side. A severe epilepsy started at the age of 2 years with episodes of status epilepticus since the onset which frequently recurred, requiring admission to the intensive care unit...
June 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637636/epilepsy-after-cerebral-infection-review-of-the-literature-and-the-potential-for-surgery
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Georgia Ramantani, Hans Holthausen
The risk of unprovoked seizures in population-based cohorts of cerebral infection survivors is 7-8% in developed countries, rising to considerably higher rates in resource-poor countries. The main risk factors for epilepsy after cerebral infection, besides acute seizures, are infection-associated brain lesions and status epilepticus during the acute phase. Despite the high prevalence of pharmacoresistant epilepsies after cerebral infections, especially in patients with MRI-identifiable lesions, only a small minority undergoes epilepsy surgery...
June 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631894/serpini1-pathogenic-variants-an-emerging-cause-of-childhood-onset-progressive-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Emmanuelle Ranza, Stephanie Garcia-Tarodo, Konstantinos Varvagiannis, Michel Guipponi, Johannes A Lobrinus, Armand Bottani, Ilse Kern, Mary Kurian, Marie-Pascale Pittet, Stylianos E Antonarakis, Joel Fluss, Christian M Korff
Progressive myoclonic epilepsies are rare neurodegenerative diseases with a wide spectrum of clinical presentations and genetic heterogeneity that render their diagnosis perplexing. Discovering new imputable genes has been an ongoing process in recent years. We present two pediatric cases of progressive myoclonic epilepsy with SERPINI1 pathogenic variants that lead to a severe presentation; we highlight the importance of including this gene, previously known as causing an adult-onset dementia-epilepsy syndrome, in the genetic work-up of childhood-onset progressive myoclonic epilepsies...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623837/abnormal-asymmetry-in-benign-epilepsy-with-unilateral-and-bilateral-centrotemporal-spikes-a-combined-fmri-and-dti-study
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Weifang Cao, Yaodan Zhang, Changyue Hou, Fei Yang, Jinnan Gong, Sisi Jiang, Yue Huang, Ruhui Xiao, Cheng Luo, Xiaoming Wang, Dezhong Yao
Benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) is the most common idiopathic focal childhood epilepsy associated with either unilateral or bilateral epileptic discharge. Asymmetry as an important characteristic of the human brain is beneficial for brain functions. However, little is known about on asymmetry of BECTS patients with different epileptic spikes pattern. In the present study, we investigated functional and structural asymmetries in unilateral spikes BECTS (U_BECTS) patients and bilateral spikes BECTS (B_BECTS) patients using resting state functional magnetic resonance images and diffusion tensor imaging...
June 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622557/the-executive-profile-of-children-with-benign-epilepsy-of-childhood-with-centrotemporal-spikes-and-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Ellen M Lima, Patricia Rzezak, Catarina A Guimarães, Maria A Montenegro, Marilisa M Guerreiro, Kette D Valente
RATIONALE: Benign Epilepsy of Childhood with Centrotemporal Spikes (BECTS) and temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) represent two distinct models of focal epilepsy of childhood. In both, there is evidence of executive dysfunction. The purpose of the present study was to identify particular deficits in the executive function that would distinguish children with BECTS from children with TLE. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 19 consecutive children and adolescents with TLE with hippocampal sclerosis (HS) (57...
June 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622538/current-psychiatric-disorders-in-patients-with-epilepsy-are-predicted-by-maltreatment-experiences-during-childhood
#10
Kirsten Labudda, Dominik Illies, Cornelia Herzig, Katharina Schröder, Christian G Bien, Frank Neuner
PURPOSE: Childhood maltreatment has been shown to be a risk factor for the development of psychiatric disorders. Although the prevalence of psychiatric disorders is high in epilepsy patients, it is unknown if childhood maltreatment experiences are elevated compared to the normal population and if early maltreatment is a risk factor for current psychiatric comorbidities in epilepsy patients. This is the main purpose of this study. METHODS: Structured interviews were used to assess current Axis I diagnoses in 120 epilepsy patients from a tertiary Epilepsy Center (34 TLE patients, 86 non-TLE patients)...
June 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619364/outcome-of-arterial-ischemic-stroke-in-children-with-heart-disease
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María Vázquez López, Pedro de Castro de Castro, Estibaliz Barredo Valderrama, Ma Concepción Miranda Herrero, Nuria Gil Villanueva, Andrés J Alcaraz Romero, Samuel I Pascual Pascual
Arterial ischemic strokes (AIS) are rare in childhood. Congenital and acquired heart diseases are one of the most important risk factors of AIS in children. OBJECTIVE: Study the outcome of children with heart disease that have suffered AIS and the factors that influence on prognosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We evaluated all children with heart disease who had suffered AIS between 2000 and 2014 in our hospital. RESULTS: Seventy-four children with heart disease suffered an arterial ischemic stroke...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617940/quality-of-life-in-childhood-epilepsy-in-pediatric-patients-enrolled-in-a-prospective-open-label-clinical-study-with-cannabidiol
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Evan C Rosenberg, Jay Louik, Erin Conway, Orrin Devinsky, Daniel Friedman
Recent clinical trials indicate that cannabidiol (CBD) may reduce seizure frequency in pediatric patients with certain forms of treatment-resistant epilepsy. Many of these patients experience significant impairments in quality of life (QOL) in physical, mental, and social dimensions of health. In this study, we measured the caregiver-reported Quality of Life in Childhood Epilepsy (QOLCE) in a subset of patients enrolled in a prospective, open-label clinical study of CBD. Results from caregivers of 48 patients indicated an 8...
June 15, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609734/assessment-of-treatment-patterns-and-healthcare-costs-associated-with-probable-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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J Eric Piña-Garza, Georgia D Montouris, Francis Vekeman, Wendy Y Cheng, Edward Tuttle, Philippe Giguere-Duval, Mei Sheng Duh, Vivienne Shen, Timothy B Saurer, Jouko Isojarvi
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a chronic and severe form of epilepsy characterized by intractable seizures, cognitive impairment, and abnormal electroencephalogram findings with slow spike-wave complexes. It typically presents before age 8, but symptoms continue into adulthood and require lifelong treatment associated with significant clinical burden. Data on LGS-associated healthcare utilization and costs are limited. In this study we use a claims-based LGS classifier based on random forest methodology to identify patients with probable LGS from the a Medicaid multi-state database and assess its prevalence across the age spectrum, healthcare utilization, treatment patterns, costs, and comorbid conditions...
June 10, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605627/impaired-responsibility-dimension-of-self-esteem-of-brazilian-adolescents-with-epilepsy
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Nathália F Siqueira, Fernando L B B Oliveira, Elisabete Abib Pedroso de Souza
This study aimed to compare the self-esteem of Brazilian adolescents with epilepsy and Brazilian adolescents without this condition and the correlations between self-esteem of these adolescents with depression and anxiety symptoms. Study participants were 101 adolescents of both sexes, aged 10-19years old, from elementary and high school education. Fifty patients diagnosed with uncomplicated epilepsy attending the pediatric epilepsy clinic of University Hospital composed the case group. The other fifty-one adolescents without this diagnosis were attending public schools in Campinas-SP region...
June 9, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602030/variable-expressivity-of-a-likely-pathogenic-variant-in-kcnq2-in-a-three-generation-pedigree-presenting-with-intellectual-disability-with-childhood-onset-seizures
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Stacy Hewson, Klajdi Puka, Saadet Mercimek-Mahmutoglu
KCNQ2 has been reported as a frequent cause of autosomal dominant benign familial neonatal seizures. De novo likely pathogenic variants in KCNQ2 have been described in neonatal or early infantile onset epileptic encephalopathy patients. Here, we report a three-generation family with six affected patients with a novel likely pathogenic variant (c.628C>T; p.Arg210Cys) in KCNQ2. Four family members, three adults and a child, presented with a childhood seizure onset with variability in the severity of seizures and response to treatment, intellectual disability (ID) as well as behavioral problems...
June 11, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597112/serial-magnetic-resonance-study-in-super-refractory-status-epilepticus-progressive-involvement-of-striatum-and-pallidus-is-a-possible-predictive-marker-of-negative-outcome
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Alessandra Ferrari, Paolo Renzetti, Carlo Serrati, Roberto Fancellu
Super refractory status epilepticus (SRSE) is a life-threatening condition in which seizures do not respond to third-line anticonvulsant drug therapy. SRSE is associated with high mortality. How often SRSE occurs, what are the risk factors leading to this condition, and what is the effect on clinical outcome of failure to control seizures are poorly defined. Several studies have evaluated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in status epilepticus (SE), confirming that SE may directly cause selective neuronal necrosis due to excitotoxic mechanisms, as described in clinical case reports and experimental models...
June 8, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593865/the-semiology-of-benign-focal-epilepsy-with-affective-symptoms
#17
Fábio A Nascimento, Márcio A Sotero de Menezes, Cristiane A Simao, Bruno T Takeshita, Samanta F Blattes da Rocha, Pedro A Kowacs
Benign focal epilepsy with affective symptoms (BFEAS) is a rare childhood epilepsy syndrome essentially characterized by "epileptic attacks with affective symptoms of a terrifying type". Since the original description, approximately 50 cases have been reported. To our knowledge, however, none of the studies included video-EEG data. Herein, we detail the electroclinical features of a neurodevelopmentally normal 9-year-old boy with epilepsy since the age of 2 years. His seizure semiology essentially consisted of nocturnal focal seizures featuring abrupt fear and autonomic phenomena (such as excessive sweating, repeated swallowing, and coughing), associated with impaired consciousness...
June 7, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589518/forty-years-of-sodium-channels-structure-function-pharmacology-and-epilepsy
#18
William A Catterall
Voltage-gated sodium channels initiate action potentials in brain neurons. In the 1970s, much was known about the function of sodium channels from measurements of ionic currents using the voltage clamp method, but there was no information about the sodium channel molecules themselves. As a postdoctoral fellow and staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health, I developed neurotoxins as molecular probes of sodium channels in cultured neuroblastoma cells. During those years, Bruce Ransom and I crossed paths as members of the laboratories of Marshall Nirenberg and Philip Nelson and shared insights about sodium channels in neuroblastoma cells from my work and electrical excitability and synaptic transmission in cultured spinal cord neurons from Bruce's pioneering electrophysiological studies...
June 7, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589176/arhgef9-disease-phenotype-clarification-and-genotype-phenotype-correlation
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Michael Alber, Vera M Kalscheuer, Elysa Marco, Elliott Sherr, Gaetan Lesca, Marianne Till, Gyri Gradek, Antje Wiesener, Christoph Korenke, Sandra Mercier, Felicitas Becker, Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Stephen W Scherer, Christian R Marshall, Susan Walker, Usha R Dutta, Ashwin B Dalal, Vanessa Suckow, Payman Jamali, Kimia Kahrizi, Hossein Najmabadi, Berge A Minassian
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to generate a review and description of the phenotypic and genotypic spectra of ARHGEF9 mutations. METHODS: Patients with mutations or chromosomal disruptions affecting ARHGEF9 were identified through our clinics and review of the literature. Detailed medical history and examination findings were obtained via a standardized questionnaire, or if this was not possible by reviewing the published phenotypic features. RESULTS: A total of 18 patients (including 5 females) were identified...
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576731/quantify-neuromagnetic-network-changes-from-pre-ictal-to-ictal-activities-in-absence-seizures
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Caiyun Wu, Jing Xiang, Jintao Sun, Shuyang Huang, Lu Tang, Ailiang Miao, Yuchen Zhou, Qiqi Chen, Zheng Hu, Xiaoshan Wang
OBJECTIVE: The cortico-thalamo-cortical network plays a key role in childhood absence epilepsy (CAE). However, the exact interaction between the cortex and the thalamus remains incompletely understood. This study aimed to investigate the dynamic changes of frequency-dependent neural networks during the initialization of absence seizures. METHODS: Magnetoencephalography data from 14 patients with CAE were recorded during and between seizures at a sampling rate of 6000Hz and analyzed in seven frequency bands...
May 31, 2017: Neuroscience
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