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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274007/facial-dysmorphism-an-unreported-teratogenicity-with-levetiracetam
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Jyotsana Gupta, Sandhya Jain, Shalini Rajaram, Neerja Goel, Bindiya Gupta
Levetiracetam (LEV) is a relatively newer anticonvulsant drug used to treat epilepsy and is approved by United States Food and Drugs Administration (USFDA). The drug binds to a synaptic vesicle glycoprotein and inhibits presynaptic calcium channels, thus reducing neurotransmitter release. Commonly reported side effects include drowsiness, weakness, unsteady gait, mood changes and loss of appetite. Like most other antiepileptics, it is a Category C drug in pregnancy. We report the first case of facial dysmorphism in the neonate of a mother taking LEV antenatally...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265476/takayasu-s-arteritis-in-pregnancy-a-rare-case-report-from-a-tertiary-care-infirmary-in-india
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Sheeba Marwah, Monika Rajput, Ritin Mohindra, Harsha S Gaikwad, Manjula Sharma, Sonam R Topden
Background. Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a rare, chronic, inflammatory, progressive, idiopathic arteriopathy, afflicting young women of reproductive age group, causing narrowing, occlusion, and aneurysms of systemic and pulmonary arteries, especially the aorta and its branches. During pregnancy, such patients warrant special attention. An interdisciplinary collaboration of obstetricians, cardiologists, and neurologists is necessary to improve maternal and fetal prognosis. Here a case is reported where a patient with diagnosis of TA, complicated by neurological sequelae, successfully fought the vagaries of the condition twice to deliver uneventfully...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241924/primary-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-infection-in-pregnancy
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Horst Buxmann, Klaus Hamprecht, Matthias Meyer-Wittkopf, Klaus Friese
BACKGROUND: In 0.5-4% of pregnancies, the prospective mother sustains a primary infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). An HCMV infection of the fetus in the first or second trimester can cause complex post-encephalitic impairment of the infant brain, leading to motor and mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, retinal defects, and progressive hearing loss. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications from January 2000 to October 2016 that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed employing the terms "cytomegalovirus and pregnancy" and "congenital cytomegalovirus...
January 27, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237319/epilepsy-treatment-in-adults-and-adolescents-expert-opinion-2016
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Jerry J Shih, Julia B Whitlock, Nicole Chimato, Emily Vargas, Steven C Karceski, Ryan D Frank
INTRODUCTION: There are over twenty anti-seizure medications and anti-seizure devices available commercially in the United States. The multitude of treatment options for seizures can present a challenge to clinicians, especially those who are not subspecialists in the epilepsy field. Many clinical questions are not adequately answered in double-blind randomized controlled studies. In the presence of a knowledge gap, many clinicians consult a respected colleague with acknowledged expertise in the field...
February 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211317/primary-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-infection-in-pregnancy
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Horst Buxmann, Klaus Hamprecht, Matthias Meyer-Wittkopf, Klaus Friese
BACKGROUND: In 0.5-4% of pregnancies, the prospective mother sustains a primary infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). An HCMV infection of the fetus in the first or second trimester can cause complex post-encephalitic impairment of the infant brain, leading to motor and mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, retinal defects, and progressive hearing loss. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications from January 2000 to October 2016 that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed employing the terms "cytomegalovirus and pregnancy" and "congenital cytomegalovirus...
January 27, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208940/neurological-disorders-complicating-pregnancy-focus-on-obstetric-outcome
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Sandya Renukesh, Lavanya Rai
INTRODUCTION: Neurological disorders in pregnancy can be pregnancy related or can be caused by exacerbation of a pre-existing neurological condition or sometimes may even be detected for the first time during pregnancy in which it might be an incidental finding. The diagnosis and management of the neurological disorders in pregnancy is always a challenging task due to varied symptomatology and risks to the fetus. The evaluation and management should be performed in a stepwise fashion and requires multidisciplinary approach...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190440/neurologic-complications-in-critically-ill-pregnant-patients
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W L Wright
Neurologic complications in a critically ill pregnant woman are uncommon but some of the complications (such as eclampsia) are unique to pregnancy and the puerperal period. Other neurologic complications (such as seizures in the setting of epilepsy) may worsen during pregnancy. Clinical signs and symptoms such as seizure, headache, weakness, focal neurologic deficits, and decreased level of consciousness require careful consideration of potential causes to ensure prompt treatment measures are instituted to prevent ongoing neurologic injury...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188601/sensitivity-of-the-uk-clinical-practice-research-datalink-to-detect-neurodevelopmental-effects-of-medicine-exposure-in-utero-comparative-analysis-of-an-antiepileptic-drug-exposed-cohort
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R A Charlton, A McGrogan, J Snowball, L M Yates, A Wood, J Clayton-Smith, W H Smithson, J L Richardson, N McHugh, S H L Thomas, G A Baker, R Bromley
INTRODUCTION: Electronic healthcare data have several advantages over prospective observational studies, but the sensitivity of data on neurodevelopmental outcomes and its comparability with data generated through other methodologies is unknown. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine whether data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) produces similar risk estimates to a prospective cohort study in relation to the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) following prenatal antiepileptic drug (AED) exposure...
February 10, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187363/epilepsy-birth-weight-and-academic-school-readiness-in-canadian-children-data-from-the-national-longitudinal-study-of-children-and-youth
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A N Prasad, B Corbett
PURPOSE: Birth weight is an important indicator of prenatal/in-utero environment. Variations in birth weight have been reportedly associated with risks for cognitive problems. The National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) dataset was explored to examine relationships between birth weight, academic school readiness and epilepsy. METHODS: A population based sample of 32,900 children of the NLSCY were analyzed to examine associations between birth weight, and school readiness scores in 4-5-year-old children...
February 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183037/long-term-lacosamide-retention-real-world-experience-at-a-tertiary-epilepsy-center-in-ireland
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Ronan N McGinty, Daniel J Costello
PURPOSE: To estimate the rate of long-term lacosamide retention among a real-world group of patients at a tertiary epilepsy center in Ireland. METHODS: One-hundred adults first prescribed lacosamide for epilepsy between January 2010 and August 2014 at Cork University Hospital were randomly selected for a retrospective analysis of medical records covering two years of subsequent epilepsy clinic follow-up to ascertain whether lacosamide was continued or withdrawn...
February 6, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176327/women-treated-for-epilepsy-during-pregnancy-outcomes-from-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Miia Artama, Jemina Braumann, Jani Raitanen, Jukka Uotila, Mika Gissler, Jouko Isojärvi, Anssi Auvinen
INTRODUCTION: Women with epilepsy (WWE) are generally treated as a risk group during pregnancy, but over 90% of pregnant WWE have favorable pregnancies. However, the risk of some pregnancy and delivery complications may be increased among WWE, especially those on antiepileptic drugs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This nationwide, retrospective population-based cohort study includes WWE who gave birth in Finland during 1987-2008 (n = 1737) and the reference cohort of random sample of women without epilepsy (n = 4357)...
February 7, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125183/maternal-mortality-in-women-with-epilepsy
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M Holohan, R O'Doherty, S Murphy
It is estimated that, in Ireland, there are 10,000 women with epilepsy of childbearing potential1. In this paper the maternal mortality rate for women with epilepsy attending the Rotunda Hospital Epilepsy Clinic 2004 - 2013 was determined. There were 3 maternal deaths in women with epilepsy during this time, which represents a mortality rate of 0.8%. In those women who died, there were concerns in relation to risks to the foetus by taking Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AED) and also issues with access to neurology services before pregnancy, acceptance of specialist support and lack of consistency in advice from health care professionals outside of Ireland...
October 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122902/predictors-of-unintended-pregnancy-in-women-with-epilepsy
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Andrew G Herzog, Hannah B Mandle, Kaitlyn E Cahill, Kristen M Fowler, W Allen Hauser
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether rates of unintended pregnancy in women with epilepsy (WWE) vary by contraceptive category and when stratified by antiepileptic drug (AED) category. METHODS: These retrospective data come from the Epilepsy Birth Control Registry (EBCR) web-based survey of 1,144 WWE in the community, 18-47 years of age, who provided demographic, epilepsy, AED, contraceptive, and pregnancy data. Participants indicated whether pregnancies were intended or unintended, as well as the type of contraceptive and AED used at conception...
January 25, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120042/recent-advances-in-epilepsy
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Mark Manford
This paper reviews advances in epilepsy in recent years with an emphasis on therapeutics and underlying mechanisms, including status epilepticus, drug and surgical treatments. Lessons from rarer epilepsies regarding the relationship between epilepsy type, mechanisms and choice of antiepileptic drugs (AED) are explored and data regarding AED use in pregnancy are reviewed. Concepts evolving towards a move from treating seizures to treating epilepsy are discussed, both in terms of the mechanisms of epileptogenesis, and in terms of epilepsy's broader comorbidity, especially depression...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110175/ketogenic-diet-therapy-for-epilepsy-during-pregnancy-a-case-series
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Elles J T M van der Louw, Tanya J Williams, Bobbie J Henry-Barron, Joanne F Olieman, Johannes J Duvekot, Marijn J Vermeulen, Natalja Bannink, Monique Williams, Rinze F Neuteboom, Eric H Kossoff, Coriene E Catsman-Berrevoets, Mackenzie C Cervenka
PURPOSE: Evaluation of ketogenic diet (KD) therapies for seizure control during pregnancy when safety and appropriate management become considerations. Until now, no information has been available on seizure reduction and human pregnancy related outcomes in women treated with KD therapies. METHOD: We describe two cases of pregnant women with epilepsy treated with KD therapy either as monotherapy (Case 1) or as adjunctive therapy (Case 2). RESULTS: Case 1: A 27 year old woman, gravida1, started the classic KD with medium chain triglyceride (MCT) emulsion and 75g carbohydrate-restriction, later reduced to 47g...
February 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072588/fertility-treatment-and-childhood-epilepsy-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Laura Ozer Kettner, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen, Bjørn Bay, Beate Ritz, Niels Bjerregaard Matthiesen, Tine Brink Henriksen
BACKGROUND: Fertility treatment includes hormonal stimulation of the woman and in vitro manipulation of gametes and embryos that may influence prenatal brain development. We aimed to investigate the association between fertility treatment and childhood epilepsy, including specific types of treatment and indications as well as subtypes of epilepsy. METHODS: In this nationwide birth cohort study, we included all pregnancies in Denmark resulting in live-born singletons, 1995-2003...
January 6, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069460/epilepsy-and-exercise-an-experimental-study-in-female-rats
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Diego Vannucci Campos, Glauber Menezes Lopim, Daiana Aparecida da Silva, Alexandre Aparecido de Almeida, Debora Amado, Ricardo Mario Arida
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is the most common neurological chronic condition worldwide, affecting about 2% of world population. Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) reaches 40% of all cases of this condition, and it is highly refractory to pharmacological treatment. Physical activity has been suggested as complementary therapy for epilepsy. However, there is no consistent information whether all these effects are plenty applicable to females, since clinical and experimental studies concerning physical exercise and epilepsy are largely performed in males...
January 6, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065565/absence-epileptic-activity-in-wistar-albino-glaxo-rijswijk-rat-mothers
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Zsolt Kovács, Renáta Krisztina Lakatos, János Barna, Árpád Dobolyi
Absence epileptic activity was analyzed during pregnancy, the postpartum period and after weaning to establish alterations of seizures throughout the reproductive cycle. Wistar Albino Glaxo Rijswijk (WAG/Rij) rats were used in the study as a model of absence epilepsy and because their seizures do not interfere with rearing offspring. The number of spike-wave discharges (SWDs) was gradually elevated from the 19(th) pregnancy day to delivery. Meanwhile, the characteristics of individual SWDs did not change suggesting that SWD generation remained the same...
January 5, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038386/cognitive-functions-in-children-exposed-to-antiepileptic-drugs-in-utero-study-in-georgia
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Sofia Kasradze, Nino Gogatishvili, Giorgi Lomidze, Tamar Ediberidze, Marine Lazariashvili, Ketevan Khomeriki, Shorena Mamukadze, Mariam Metreveli, Tamar Gagoshidze, Nino Tatishvili, Torbjörn Tomson
OBJECTIVE: The cognitive teratogenicity of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) has gained increasing attention in the last decade. The objective of the current study was to assess the effects of AED fetal exposure on the cognitive development of children of mothers with epilepsy from Georgia in a controlled study taking into consideration major confounding factors. METHODS: A prospective cohort group was formed from children and mothers registered in the Georgian National AED-Pregnancy Registry...
December 27, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003925/fetal-valproate-syndrome-with-limb-defects-an-indian-case-report
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Manisha Goyal, Ashok Gupta, Manish Sharma, Priyanshu Mathur, Naresh Bansal
Epilepsy is a common disorder and exposure to antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of teratogenicity. Older AEDs such as valproate and phenobarbital are associated with a higher risk of major malformations in the fetus than newer AEDs like lamotrigine and levetiracetam. Exposure to valproic acid during first trimester can result in fetal valproate syndrome (FVS), comprising typical facial features, developmental delay, and a variety of malformations such as neural tube defects, cardiac and genitourinary malformations, and limb defects...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
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