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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734750/deconstructing-stigma-in-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-an-exploratory-study
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Gregg H Rawlings, Ian Brown, Markus Reuber
Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are classified as a mental disorder, the manifestations of which superficially resemble epileptic seizures. There is a notable lack of in-depth qualitative or quantitative studies investigating the stigma attached to PNES. The current study is an exploratory analysis into the nature of perceived stigma in those with PNES when compared with individuals with epilepsy. Individuals with epilepsy (n=78) and PNES (n=47) were recruited from a United Kingdom hospital or membership-led organizations for individuals living with seizures...
July 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728045/postdiagnosis-neurological-care-for-patients-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-spells-pnes
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Chloe E Hill, Hannah Schwartz, Nabila Dahodwala, Brian Litt, Kathryn A Davis
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated continuity of neurological care for patients discharged from the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) with a diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic spells (PNES). Because PNES are seizure-like episodes that cannot be explained by abnormal electrical brain activity, they are challenging for patients to understand and accept. Consequently, after diagnosis, patients commonly fail to start recommended psychotherapy and instead pursue redundant medical care. As consistent relationships with healthcare providers may help, we instituted standard follow-up for patients diagnosed with PNES...
July 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706099/cross-sectional-study-of-the-hospital-management-of-adult-patients-with-a-suspected-seizure-epic2
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Jon Mark Dickson, Hannah Dudhill, Jane Shewan, Sue Mason, Richard A Grünewald, Markus Reuber
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical characteristics, management and outcomes of patients taken to hospital by emergency ambulance after a suspected seizure. DESIGN: Quantitative cross-sectional retrospective study of a consecutive series of patients. SETTING: An acute hospital trust in a large city in England. PARTICIPANTS: In 2012-2013, the regions' ambulance service managed 605 481 emergency incidents, 74 141/605 481 originated from Sheffield (a large city in the region), 2121/74 141 (2...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677890/intrathecal-immunoglobulin-synthesis-in-patients-with-symptomatic-epilepsy-and-epilepsy-of-unknown-etiology-cryptogenic
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S Fauser, C Soellner, C G Bien, H Tumani
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To compare the frequency of intrathecal immunoglobulin (Ig) synthesis in patients with symptomatic epilepsy and epilepsy of unknown etiology ('cryptogenic'). METHODS: Patients with epileptic (n = 301) and non-epileptic (n = 10) seizures were retrospectively screened for autochthonous intrathecal Ig synthesis and oligoclonal bands (OCBs) in the cerebrospinal fluid. RESULTS: Intrathecal IgG/OCBs were detected in 8% of patients with epilepsies of unknown etiology, 5% of patients with first seizures of unknown cause and 0-4% of patients with epilepsy due to brain tumors, cerebrovascular disease or other etiologies...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669013/narrative-medicine-perspectives-on-patient-identity-and-integrative-care-in-neuro-oncology
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Robert B Slocum, Tracy A Howard, John L Villano
Narrative Medicine sessions can encourage patients to rediscover personal identity and meaning by telling or writing their stories. We explored this process to improve care and quality of life for brain cancer patients in an academic neuro-oncology program. Brain cancer and its treatments may threaten a patient's quality of life and sense of self in many ways, including impaired cognitive skills, loss of memory, reduced coordination, and limited capacity for self-expression. The impact of symptoms and side effects on quality of life must be evaluated in terms of each patient's identity and may be understood in terms of each patient's story...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664038/case-report-epilepsy-surgical-outcome-for-epileptic-and-non-epileptic-seizures-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-depression
#6
Mazen Basheikh
A 48-year-old male was diagnosed with both drug resistant epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Both diagnoses were confirmed by video-EEG monitoring. His epileptic seizures were a consequence of right mesial temporal sclerosis. He was diagnosed by a psychiatrist to have depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Following a right anterior temporal resection he became seizure free (both epileptic and nonepileptic) with a remarkable improvement in his psychiatric comorbidities leading to significant reduction in his psychotropic medications...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651170/an-analysis-of-quality-of-life-qol-in-patients-with-epilepsy-and-comorbid-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-pnes-after-vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns
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Andrew C Vivas, Christian J Reitano, Hena Waseem, Selim R Benbadis, Fernando L Vale
PURPOSE: Patients with epilepsy (PWE) may suffer from comorbid psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). The efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in the treatment of epilepsy and depression is established, however the impact on PNES is unknown. Since many patients with PNES have comorbid depression, we explored the impact on quality of life (QOL) that VNS has on PWE and PNES. METHODS: The video electroencephalogram (vEEG) of all patients who underwent VNS at our institution was reviewed...
June 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622545/diagnosing-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-video-eeg-monitoring-suggestive-seizure-induction-and-diagnostic-certainty
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Stoyan Popkirov, Johannes Jungilligens, Wenke Grönheit, Jörg Wellmer
Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) can remain undiagnosed for many years, leading to unnecessary medication and delayed treatment. A recent report by the International League Against Epilepsy Nonepileptic Seizures Task Force recommends a staged approach to the diagnosis of PNES (LaFrance, et al., 2013). We aimed to investigate its practical utility, and to apply the proposed classification to evaluate the role of long-term video-EEG monitoring (VEEG) and suggestive seizure induction (SSI) in PNES workup...
June 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618331/psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-namibian-healthcare-providers-perceptions-and-frustrations
#9
Anina du, Toit, Chrisma Pretorius
PURPOSE: Most studies conducted on the diagnosis and treatment of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) have been performed in developed countries with developing countries, such as Namibia, receiving less attention. This study aimed to contribute to the aims of The International League against Epilepsy Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizure Task Force by investigating the perceptions and frustrations of healthcare providers (HCPs) in Namibia regarding the diagnosis and treatment of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures...
June 9, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614746/ictal-coughing-clinical-features-and-differential-diagnoses
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Ali A Asadi-Pooya, Leah Shabo, Dale Wyeth, Maromi Nei
PURPOSE: To describe a series of patients with ictal coughing to estimate its occurrence and characterize the clinical features and differential diagnoses. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all the long-term video-EEG reports from Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center over a 7-year period (2010-2016) for the occurrence of the term "cough" in the text body. All the extracted reports were reviewed and patients with at least one documented ictal coughing at the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) were included in the study...
June 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553377/sporadic-hyperekplexia-plus-syndrome
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Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, Chetan Vekhande, Lakshminarayanapuram Gopal Viswanathan, Pooja Mailankody, Karru Venkata Ravi Teja
A disorder of infants and children with pathological startle response, features of other system involvement, falls, and stiffness with retained consciousness. It should be differentiated from conditions such as myoclonic epilepsy, psychogenic movement disorder, Isaac syndrome, Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, Gilles de la Tourette, and culture-specific startle syndromes such as jumping Frenchman of Maine. A 5-year-old child symptomatic with repeated falls spontaneously as well as by sound and activities since neonatal period...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520630/diagnostic-yield-of-routine-electroencephalography-with-concurrent-video-recording-in-detecting-interictal-epileptiform-discharges-in-relation-to-reasons-for-request-a-prospective-study-of-1-080-video-electroencephalograms
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Laia Grau-López, Marta Jiménez, Jordi Ciurans, Sonia Barambio, Alejandra Fumanal, Juan L Becerra
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to prospectively analyze the sensitivity and specificity of routine electroencephalography with concurrent video recording (vEEG) in relation to the reasons for requesting the test and to investigate when routine vEEG should be requested. METHODS: We prospectively analyzed 1,080 consecutive vEEGs performed between April 2015 and April 2016. The requests for vEEG were classified as requests with a low suspicion of epilepsy (syncope, confusion or delirium, suspicion of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, and paroxysmal focal neurological deficit) or requests with a high suspicion of epilepsy (first clinical seizure, suspected status epilepticus, follow-up study of a patient with epilepsy, and acute symptomatic seizures)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464309/psychiatric-and-behavioral-comorbidities-in-epilepsy-a-critical-reappraisal
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REVIEW
Anne T Berg, Hamada H Altalib, Orrin Devinsky
Psychiatric and behavioral disorders are important aspects of epilepsy and have received increasing attention in the last several years. The literature upon which most of the field relies contains some biases that must be carefully examined and resolved in future studies. First, in the pediatric epilepsy literature, many reports find that children with epilepsy have high levels of behavioral and psychiatric disorders when compared to appropriate controls. Most of these studies rely on parent-proxy completed instruments to assess these behavioral endpoints...
July 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432961/diurnal-patterns-and-relationships-between-physiological-and-self-reported-stress-in-patients-with-epilepsy-and-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures
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Barbora Novakova, Peter R Harris, Markus Reuber
PURPOSE: Patients with epilepsy and those with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) experience high levels of stress and stress is one of the most frequently self-identified seizure precipitants. Although stress is a multifaceted phenomenon, few studies have systematically examined its different components in patients with seizures. The aim of this study was therefore to describe diurnal patterns of psychological and physiological measures of stress in patients with epilepsy and patients with PNES, and explore their relationships to each other in order to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying stress and seizure occurrence in these patients...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427027/multisensory-temporal-function-and-eeg-complexity-in-patients-with-epilepsy-and-psychogenic-nonepileptic-events
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Jean-Paul Noel, LeAnne Kurela, Sarah H Baum, Hong Yu, Joseph S Neimat, Martin J Gallagher, Mark Wallace
Cognitive and perceptual comorbidities frequently accompany epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic events (PNEE). However, and despite the fact that perceptual function is built upon a multisensory foundation, little knowledge exists concerning multisensory function in these populations. Here, we characterized facets of multisensory processing abilities in patients with epilepsy and PNEE, and probed the relationship between individual resting-state EEG complexity and these psychophysical measures in each patient...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427022/stereotypy-of-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures
#16
Moshe Herskovitz
Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are defined as paroxysmal episodes in which epileptic semiology features are manifested, without the characteristic concomitant electrical discharges seen in epileptic seizures. Although many studies have dealt with semiologic classification of PNES, most of the studies did not raise the question of consistency of PNES in the same patient. The aim of this study was to measure the degree of consistency of PNES among individual patients. We retrospectively reviewed medical records and video- EEG records of all adult patients who underwent monitoring in our center from August 1st 2013 to May 31st 2015...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424403/-non-convulsive-status-epilepticus-caused-by-hyponatremia-in-an-elderly-woman-a-case-report
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Yoshinori Kurauchi, Masahiro Yasaka, Keisuke Tokunaga, Masaki Saito, Shun Shimohama, Yasushi Okada
We report the case of a 67-year-old woman with non-convulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) due to hyponatremia. She had a history of psychogenic polydipsia but not epilepsy. She was admitted to our hospital with dysbulia. On admission, she was confused and disoriented (Glasgow Coma Scale: 6, E1V1M4). Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed no abnormalities. Laboratory test showed hyponatremia (Na<sup>+</sup> level: 115 mEq/L). The electroencephalography (EEG) showed a generalized slow wave of 5 Hz during recording...
April 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411517/pre-and-post-surgical-psychiatric-assessments-and-intervention-by-major-epilepsy-centers-in-japan-nationwide-survey
#18
Hiroko Goji, Toshihiko Fukuchi, Kousuke Kanemoto
BACKGROUND: Although psychiatric issues following epilepsy surgery are now widely recognized as a major problem, actual awareness of these issues by epilepsy centers remains to be elucidated. This is the first known report regarding the use of psychiatric assessments and interventions by epilepsy centers throughout Japan. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: At the beginning of 2016, we sent a questionnaire regarding psychiatric assessments performed before and after epilepsy surgery, psychiatric intervention after surgery, and future plans for dealing with psychiatric issues in relation to epilepsy surgery, which consisted of a total of 24 items, to all members of the Japan Epilepsy Center Association (JEPICA)...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407526/the-impact-of-antidepressants-on-seizure-frequency-and-depressive-and-anxiety-disorders-of-patients-with-epilepsy-is-it-worth-investigating
#19
Ramses Ribot, Bichun Ouyang, Andres M Kanner
PURPOSE: Depression and anxiety disorders in patients with epilepsy (PWE) remain under-recognized and under-treated, despite being the most common psychiatric co-morbidities. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are considered first-line treatment for primary depression and anxiety disorders. We performed this study to investigate if SSRIs and SNRIs could affect the seizure frequency of PWE and to assess whether such effect is independent of the response of the mood and anxiety disorders to these drugs...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371670/panic-symptoms-in-transient-loss-of-consciousness-frequency-and-diagnostic-value-in-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-epilepsy-and-syncope
#20
G H Rawlings, J Jamnadas-Khoda, M Broadhurst, R A Grünewald, S J Howell, M Koepp, S W Parry, S M Sisodiya, M C Walker, M Reuber
PURPOSE: Previous studies suggest that ictal panic symptoms are common in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). This study investigates the frequency of panic symptoms in PNES and if panic symptoms, just before or during episodes, can help distinguish PNES from the other common causes of transient loss of consciousness (TLOC), syncope and epilepsy. METHODS: Patients with secure diagnoses of PNES (n=98), epilepsy (n=95) and syncope (n=100) were identified using clinical databases from three United Kingdom hospitals...
March 27, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
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