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Systematic review epilepsy

Marília Silveira de Almeida Campos, Lorena Rocha Ayres, Manuela Roque Siane Morelo, Fabiana Angelo Marques, Leonardo Régis Leira Pereira
Several newer antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have been introduced into clinical practice, offering choices for individualizing the treatment of epilepsy since AEDs have different efficacy and tolerability profiles. In particular, questions exist regarding which AEDs are the best options for the monotherapy of focal epilepsy. Is carbamazepine (CBZ), which is considered the standard treatment for focal epilepsy, still the best option for monotherapy of focal epilepsy, despite the emergence of new AEDs? In this systematic review, we compared the relative tolerability of all available AEDs for monotherapy of all types of epilepsy as well as their efficacy in the monotherapy of focal epilepsy...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Caroline Lukaszyk, Lara Harvey, Cathie Sherrington, Lisa Keay, Anne Tiedemann, Julieann Coombes, Lindy Clemson, Rebecca Ivers
OBJECTIVE: To examine the risk factors, incidence, consequences and existing prevention strategies for falls and fall-related injury in older indigenous people. METHODS: Relevant literature was identified through searching 14 electronic databases, a range of institutional websites, online search engines and government databases, using search terms pertaining to indigenous status, injury and ageing. RESULTS: Thirteen studies from Australia, the United States, Central America and Canada were identified...
October 23, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
A Loughman, N A Bendrups, W J D'Souza
Psychiatric disorders and associated poor psychosocial outcomes are recognised to be a common sequelae of epilepsy. The extent to which this is true of genetic generalised epilepsies (GGE), particularly syndromes other than juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is unclear. This systematic review synthesises findings regarding psychiatric and associated comorbidities in adults and children with GGE. Systematic review yielded 34 peer-reviewed studies of psychiatric and psychosocial outcomes in adults and children with GGE...
October 10, 2016: Neuropsychology Review
Khara M Sauro, Samuel Wiebe, Sophie Macrodimitris, Nathalie Jetté
OBJECTIVE: Quality and safety in epilepsy monitoring units (EMUs) are of great importance because patients' seizures are induced rather than prevented in this hospital setting. However, the measurement and evaluation of quality and safety in EMUs are heterogeneous, as are practices and processes of care. To improve the measurement of quality and safety in EMUs, we sought to develop evidence-based and consensus-driven quality indicators, adhering to previously described methodologic standards...
October 10, 2016: Epilepsia
Ali A Asadi-Pooya, Marjan Asadollahi, Krzysztof Bujarski, Amin H Rabiei, Narsis Aminian, Dale Wyeth, Michael R Sperling
PURPOSE: Ictal verbal help-seeking has never been systematically studied before. In this study, we evaluated a series of patients with ictal verbal help-seeking to characterize its frequency and underlying etiology. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all the long-term video-EEG reports from Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center over a 12-year period (2004-2015) for the occurrence of the term "help" in the text body. All the extracted reports were reviewed and patients with at least one episode of documented ictal verbal help-seeking in epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) were studied...
October 7, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Khara M Sauro, Natalie Wiebe, Sophie Macrodimitris, Samuel Wiebe, Sara Lukmanji, Nathalie Jetté
OBJECTIVE: The epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) is a valuable resource for optimizing management of persons with epilepsy, but may place patients at risk for adverse events due to withdrawal of treatment and induction of symptoms. The purpose of this study was to synthesize data on the safety and quality of care in EMUs to inform the development of quality indicators for EMUs. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting and Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) statement...
October 7, 2016: Epilepsia
Michael Sweeney, Matthew Sweney, M Mateo Paz Soldán, Stacey L Clardy
BACKGROUND: Opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome is a rare clinical condition that has been associated with neuroblastoma. There are few reported cases of the presence of ANNA-1/anti-Hu antibodies in children with neuroblastoma and opsoclonus-myoclonus, all in children aged less than 3 years. METHODS: We report the new onset of focal seizures without alteration of consciousness and opsoclonus-myoclonus in an 11-year-old girl with ANNA-1/anti-Hu positivity and a paraspinal ganglioneuroblastoma...
September 2, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Rikke Thaarup Wesselhöft
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a frequent and painful mental disorder considered among the five leading causes of disability in Western countries by the World Health Organization. MDD occurs at all ages, but childhood onset MDD has a more severe course with longer depressive episodes, more suicidality, and more frequent hospitalization, than later onset MDD. Childhood seems to be a window of opportunity for prevention of mental disorders, and subsequently prevention of MDD onset in childhood is recommended...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Edward K Avila, Marc Chamberlain, David Schiff, Jaap C Reijneveld, Terri S Armstrong, Roberta Ruda, Patrick Y Wen, Michael Weller, Johan A F Koekkoek, Sandeep Mittal, Yoshiki Arakawa, Ali Choucair, Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, David R MacDonald, Ryo Nishikawa, Aashit Shah, Charles J Vecht, Paula Warren, Martin J van den Bent, Lisa M DeAngelis
Patients with low-grade glioma frequently have brain tumor-related epilepsy, which is more common than in patients with high-grade glioma. Treatment for tumor-associated epilepsy usually comprises a combination of surgery, anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Response to tumor-directed treatment is measured primarily by overall survival and progression-free survival. However, seizure frequency has been observed to respond to tumor-directed treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy...
September 20, 2016: Neuro-oncology
Panagiotis N Papageorgiou, James Deschner, Spyridon N Papageorgiou
Background This umbrella review summarizes the evidence across meta-analyses regarding the effectiveness and adverse effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS). Methods Databases were searched up to March 2015 for meta-analyses of comparative trials in humans assessing the effectiveness or adverse effects of DBS. Data selection, data extraction, and risk of bias assessment were performed by two independent reviewers. Results Seven eligible systematic reviews were included assessing the use of DBS for epilepsy (n = 1), obsessive-compulsive disorder (n = 1), and Parkinson disease (n = 5)...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
Blaine Reeder, Alexandria David
INTRODUCTION: Smart watches have the potential to support health in everyday living by: enabling self-monitoring of personal activity; obtaining feedback based on activity measures; allowing for in-situ surveys to identify patterns of behavior; and supporting bi-directional communication with health care providers and family members. However, smart watches are an emerging technology and research with these devices is at a nascent stage. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of smart watch studies that engaged people in their use by searching PubMed, Embase, IEEE XPlore and ACM Digital libraries...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Sheryl R Haut, Syndi Seinfeld, John Pellock
PURPOSE: The aim of this review was to systematically examine safety and efficacy outcomes, as well as patient/caregiver satisfaction, from clinical studies in pediatric and adult patients treated with benzodiazepines (BZDs) through various administration routes in response to seizure emergencies. METHODS: A literature search was conducted to identify articles describing the use of various routes of administration (RoAs) of BZDs for the treatment of seizure emergencies through April 21, 2015, using Embase™ and PubMed®...
October 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Y C Lai, Y W Yew, W C Lambert
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is a chronic, autoimmune vesiculobullous disease that frequently occurs in the elderly population. Previous epidemiological studies have suggested an association between BP and neurological diseases; some studies, however, showed conflicting results. This study aimed to investigate if patients with BP have significantly higher risks for neurological disorders, compared to controls. A comprehensive search was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane library databases. Case-control and cohort studies that assessed the relationship between BP and neurological diseases were included...
September 7, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Ying Xu, Dennis Nguyen, Armin Mohamed, Cheryl Carcel, Qiang Li, Mansur A Kutlubaev, Craig S Anderson, Maree L Hackett
PURPOSE: To determine the frequency of false positive diagnoses of epilepsy and to explore its imitators and consequences. METHOD: A systematic review of all published observational studies (to November 2015) was conducted to determine the proportion of false positive diagnoses of epilepsy. We included studies of people of all ages receiving a diagnosis of epilepsy. All observational study designs were included with the exception of case-reports and case series with fewer than 3 participants...
October 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Zhang Lin, Qi Si, Zou Xiaoyi
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between systemic autoimmune diseases (SAD) and epilepsy and to determine whether the strength of this association is increased in the young. METHODS: A meta-analysis was done, analyzing the association between epilepsy and SAD using the available data in Medline and Embase through February 2016. We followed the recommendations of the PRISMA (preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses) statement and the MOOSE (meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology) guidelines...
October 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
M da Mota Gomes, T Navarro, A Keepanasseril, R Jeffery, R B Haynes
Patient non-adherence to prescribed anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) remains a challenge to successful treatment of patients with epilepsy. However, the literature on epilepsy does not document a comprehensive review of interventions to improve adherence as a means to improve clinical outcomes. This study systematically reviews existing literature on interventions to enhance AED adherence and clinical outcomes, and the measures of adherence included in these studies. We selected randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of interventions to enhance adherence with AEDs, which also measured clinical outcomes, with at least 80% follow-up of participants for at least 6 months, from a comprehensive Cochrane review of adherence interventions for medications, complete to January 2013, and updated searches for additional AED studies in multiple bibliographic databases to January 2016...
August 29, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Fatima Yousif Ismail, Ali Fatemi, Michael V Johnston
BACKGROUND: Neuroplasticity refers to the inherently dynamic biological capacity of the central nervous system (CNS) to undergo maturation, change structurally and functionally in response to experience and to adapt following injury. This malleability is achieved by modulating subsets of genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms that influence the dynamics of synaptic connections and neural circuitry formation culminating in gain or loss of behavior or function. Neuroplasticity in the healthy developing brain exhibits a heterochronus cortex-specific developmental profile and is heightened during "critical and sensitive periods" of pre and postnatal brain development that enable the construction and consolidation of experience-dependent structural and functional brain connections...
August 9, 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Maria-Eleni Anagnostou, Yi Shiau Ng, Robert W Taylor, Robert McFarland
We performed a systematic review of the clinical, molecular, and biochemical features of polymerase gamma (POLG)-related epilepsy and current evidence on seizure management. Patients were identified from a combined electronic search of articles using Ovid Medline and Scopus databases, published from January 2000 to January 2015. Only patients with a confirmed genetic diagnosis of POLG mutations were considered. Seventy-two articles were included for analysis. We identified 128 pathogenic variants in 372 patients who had POLG-related epilepsy...
October 2016: Epilepsia
Asahngwa Tanywe, Chelea Matchawe, Ritin Fernandez
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a global public health problem affecting people of all ages, sex, races, nations and social class. The majority of the 50 million people with epilepsy live in developing countries, with a prevalence rate of five to 10 people per 1000. The disease poses an enormous psychological, social and economic burden on patients. An estimated 90% of people with epilepsy in developing countries do not receive treatment due to sociocultural, economic and political factors. Current treatment interventions are limited to the clinical management of the disease and are largely driven by the healthcare provider's perspective, ignoring the experiences of people living with epilepsy (PLWE)...
May 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Marco Angriman, Samuele Cortese, Oliviero Bruni
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a relatively common neurological disorder in childhood, although it is usually overlooked due to the atypical presentation in children and associated comorbid conditions that may affect its clinical presentation. Here, we aimed to perform, for the first time, a systematic review of studies reporting the association between RLS in children and adolescents (<18 y) and somatic or neuropsychiatric conditions. We searched for peer-reviewed studies in PubMed, Ovid (including PsycINFO, Ovid MEDLINE(®), and Embase), Web of Knowledge (Web of Science, Biological abstracts, BIOSIS, FSTA) through November 2015, with no language restrictions...
July 1, 2016: Sleep Medicine Reviews
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