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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818811/brain-tumors-and-epileptic-spasms-natural-history-and-outcomes
#1
Viviana Benitez, Peter E Manley, Liliana C Goumnerova, Chellamani Harini, Nicole J Ullrich
While brain tumors are a frequent cause of seizures, they rarely cause epileptic spasms (ES). The objective of this study was to investigate features of tumor-associated ES. We conducted a retrospective review of patients with ES and a brain tumor. Demographics; pathologic, radiologic, and EEG data; treatment response; and long-term outcome were collected. Twenty four patients were identified; 11 met inclusion criteria. Epileptic spasm (ES) onset occurred prior to tumor diagnosis in seven patients (63%), and after tumor resection in 4 patients (36%)...
August 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811941/seizure-associated-takotsubo-syndrome-a-rare-combination
#2
Htay Htay Kyi, Nour Aljariri Alhesan, Sunil Upadhaya, Samer Al Hadidi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is increasingly recognized in neurocritical care population especially in postmenopausal females. We are presenting a 61-year-old African American female with past medical history of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and hypertension who presented with multiple episodes of seizures due to noncompliance with antiepileptic medications. She was on telemetry which showed ST alarm. Electrocardiogram (ECG) was ordered and showed ST elevation in anterolateral leads and troponins were positive...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808577/transition-from-intravenous-to-enteral-ketamine-for-treatment-of-nonconvulsive-status-epilepticus
#3
Michael A Pizzi, Prasuna Kamireddi, William O Tatum, Jerry J Shih, Daniel A Jackson, William D Freeman
BACKGROUND: Nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) is a diagnosis that is often challenging and one that may progress to refractory NCSE. Ketamine is a noncompetitive N-methyl-d-aspartate antagonist that increasingly has been used to treat refractory status epilepticus. Current Neurocritical Care Society guidelines recommend intravenous (IV) ketamine infusion as an alternative treatment for refractory status epilepticus in adults. On the other hand, enteral ketamine use in NCSE has been reported in only 6 cases (1 adult and 5 pediatric) in the literature to date...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805770/-new-classifications-of-epilepsies-and-seizure-types-created-by-the-international-league-against-epilepsy-2017
#4
Ye V Makushkin, S N Oskolkova, G A Fastovtsov
First part of this review (Chapter 1) demonstrates an ambiguous attitude toward psychiatry among professionals and in society in recent decades. The articles of supporters and opponents of psychiatry are also quoted. The authors describe the dynamics of the reflection of psychopathology in the main widely accepted classifications and manuals. Critical and negative opinions regarding the DSM-5, due to its role in the 'medicalization' processes, for the movement 'World Mental Health', are mentioned. The history of antipsychiatry movement and its results for psychiatry and society are analyzed as well...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800427/sibling-response-to-initial-antiepileptic-medication-predicts-treatment-success
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Keisuke Ueda, Fatema Serajee, Jan Rajlich, Sharief Taraman, Lindsey Steckling, Ahm M Huq
OBJECTIVE: A recent study focusing on a response to antiepileptic drugs (AED) among siblings for epilepsy showed a similar response among epileptic siblings to specific AEDs or AED combinations. Currently, however, family history of treatment response to AEDs is not readily employed in deciding which initial medication to use when treating patients with epilepsy. We tested the hypothesis that sibling response to initial AED predicts treatment success. METHODS: Presumed siblings were identified from a single-center database of patients diagnosed with epilepsy by matching last name, address, and name of parent(s)...
August 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799142/what-to-do-in-failed-hemispherotomy-our-clinical-series-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
REVIEW
Andrea Bartoli, Y El Hassani, B Jenny, S Momjian, C M Korff, M Seeck, S Vulliemoz, K Schaller
Hemispherotomy is an established surgical technique to cure or palliate selected, mostly young patients suffering from refractory epilepsy. However, a few patients continue to have seizures despite the surgical hemispherical disconnection. We present a case series of patients who underwent redo hemispherotomy after a first unsuccessful hemispherical disconnection and provide a roadmap for subsequent workup and treatment. The institutional database of epilepsy surgery was reviewed. Twenty-four patients who underwent hemispherotomies for refractory epilepsy were identified between 2007 and 2016...
August 10, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782512/quantitative-expression-and-localization-of-gabab-receptor-protein-subunits-in-hippocampi-from-patients-with-refractory-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Mariam A Sheilabi, Dev Battacharyya, Laura Caetano, Maria Thom, Markus Reuber, John S Duncan, Alessandra P Princivalle
This study investigates GABAB protein expression and mRNA levels in three types of specimens. Two types of specimens from patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), secondary to hippocampal sclerosis, sclerotic hippocampal samples (TLE-HS), and tissue from the structurally preserved non-spiking ipsilateral superior temporal gyrus (TLE-STG) removed from the same patient during epilepsy surgery; and third specimen is hippocampal tissue from individuals with no history of epilepsy (post-mortem controls, PMC)...
August 3, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777178/sleep-disordered-breathing
#8
Nancy R Foldvary-Schaefer, Tina E Waters
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sleep-disordered breathing encompasses a broad spectrum of sleep-related breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, as well as sleep-related hypoventilation and hypoxemia. Diagnostic criteria have been updated in the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, Third Edition and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Manual for Scoring Sleep and Associated Events. Neurologic providers should have basic knowledge and skills to identify at-risk patients, as these disorders are associated with substantial morbidity, the treatment of which is largely reversible...
August 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766701/rationale-for-an-adjunctive-therapy-with-fenofibrate-in-pharmacoresistant-nocturnal-frontal-lobe-epilepsy
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Monica Puligheddu, Miriam Melis, Giuliano Pillolla, Giulia Milioli, Liborio Parrino, Giovanni Mario Terzano, Sonia Aroni, Claudia Sagheddu, Francesco Marrosu, Marco Pistis, Anna Lisa Muntoni
OBJECTIVE: Nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy (NFLE) is an idiopathic partial epilepsy with a family history in about 25% of cases, with autosomal dominant inheritance (autosomal dominant NFLE [ADNFLE]). Traditional antiepileptic drugs are effective in about 55% of patients, whereas the rest remains refractory. One of the key pathogenetic mechanisms is a gain of function of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) containing the mutated α4 or β2 subunits. Fenofibrate, a common lipid-regulating drug, is an agonist at peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα) that is a ligand-activated transcription factor, which negatively modulates the function of β2-containing nAChR...
August 2, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762546/dynamic-classification-using-credible-intervals-in-longitudinal-discriminant-analysis
#10
David M Hughes, Arnošt Komárek, Laura J Bonnett, Gabriela Czanner, Marta García-Fiñana
Recently developed methods of longitudinal discriminant analysis allow for classification of subjects into prespecified prognostic groups using longitudinal history of both continuous and discrete biomarkers. The classification uses Bayesian estimates of the group membership probabilities for each prognostic group. These estimates are derived from a multivariate generalised linear mixed model of the biomarker's longitudinal evolution in each of the groups and can be updated each time new data is available for a patient, providing a dynamic (over time) allocation scheme...
August 1, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762286/childhood-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-associated-with-isolated-focal-cortical-dysplasia-and-a-novel-tsc1-germline-mutation
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Hannes Hoelz, Eva Coppenrath, Konstanze Hoertnagel, Timo Roser, Moritz Tacke, Lucia Gerstl, Ingo Borggraefe
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal-dominant inheritable neurocutaneous disease due to mutations within the TSC1 and TSC2 genes. Many patients present with West syndrome, a severe epilepsy syndrome characterized by the triad of infantile spasms, an interictal electroencephalogram (EEG) pattern termed hypsarrhythmia (continuous slow activity with an amplitude higher than 300 µV and multiregional spikes/polyspikes/sharp waves) and developmental regression. In this study, we report on a previously healthy patient with positive family history of epilepsy with new-onset epileptic encephalopathy at the age of 9 years...
March 1, 2017: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754198/practice-paper-of-the-academy-of-nutrition-and-dietetics-classic-and-modified-ketogenic-diets-for-treatment-of-epilepsy
#12
Kelly Roehl, Sarika L Sewak
Ketogenic diet (KD) therapy is an established form of treatment for both pediatric and adult patients with intractable epilepsy. Ketogenic diet is a term that refers to any diet therapy in which dietary composition would be expected to result in a ketogenic state of human metabolism. While historically considered a last-resort therapy, classic KDs and their modified counterparts, including the modified Atkins diet and low glycemic index treatment, are gaining ground for use across the spectrum of seizure disorders...
August 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749594/seizure-activity-per-se-does-not-induce-tissue-damage-markers-in-human-neocortical-focal-epilepsy
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Laura Rossini, Rita Garbelli, Vadym Gnatkovsky, Giuseppe Didato, Flavio Villani, Roberto Spreafico, Francesco Deleo, Giorgio Lo Russo, Giovanni Tringali, Francesca Gozzo, Laura Tassi, Marco de Curtis
Objective The contribute of recurring seizures to the progression of epileptogenesis is debated. Seizure-induced brain damage is not conclusively demonstrated both in humans and in animal models of epilepsy. We evaluated the expression of brain injury biomarkers on post-surgical brain tissue obtained from 20 patients with frequent seizures and a long history of drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Methods The expression patterns of specific glial, neuronal and inflammatory molecules was evaluated by immunohistochemistry in the core of type II focal cortical dysplasias (FCD-II), at the FCD boundary (perilesion) and in the adjacent normal-appearing area included in the epileptogenic region...
July 27, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749249/an-autopsy-verified-case-of-steroid-responsive-encephalopathy-with-convulsion-and-a-false-positive-result-from-the-real-time-quaking-induced-conversion-assay
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Yuichi Hayashi, Yasushi Iwasaki, Nobuaki Yoshikura, Takahiko Asano, Maya Mimuro, Akio Kimura, Katsuya Satoh, Tetsuyuki Kitamoto, Mari Yoshida, Takashi Inuzuka
We report an autopsy-verified case of steroid-responsive encephalopathy with convulsion and a false-positive result from the real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QUIC) assay. A 61-year-old Japanese man presented with acute onset of consciousness disturbance, and convulsions, but without a past medical or family history of progressive dementia, epilepsy, or prion disease. Brain diffusion and fluid-attenuated inverted recovery MR images revealed edematous cortical hyper-intensity, which diminished after the acute phase...
July 4, 2017: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747835/non-epileptic-paroxysmal-events-in-childhood
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Burak Tatlı, Serhat Güler
Non epileptic paroxysmal events are recurrent movement disorders with acute onset and ending, which may mimic epilepsy. The duration, place, timing of the attacks, and state of conciousness may confuse pediatricians about the diagnosis of epilepsy and non epileptic paroxysmal events. The key point in the diagnosis is taking an accurate and detailed history. Wrong diagnosis can give rise to anxiety of both the family and the child, interruptions in the child's education, limitations in career planning, and irreversible damages in the long term...
June 2017: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744867/antiepileptic-drug-discontinuation-by-people-with-epilepsy-in-the-general-population
#16
Giorgia Giussani, Elisa Bianchi, Valentina Canelli, Giuseppe Erba, Carlotta Franchi, Alessandro Nobili, Josemir W Sander, Ettore Beghi
OBJECTIVE: Rate, reasons, and predictors of antiepileptic drug (AED) discontinuation were investigated in a well-defined cohort of people with epilepsy to verify efficacy and tolerability of treatment up to 20 years from treatment initiation. METHODS: The history of AED usage in children and adults with epilepsy registered with 123 family physicians in an area of Northern Italy between 2000 and 2008 was recorded. Cumulative probabilities of AED withdrawal for specific reasons were estimated using cumulative incidence functions...
July 26, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744855/seizure-outcome-after-hippocampal-deep-brain-stimulation-in-patients-with-refractory-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-a-prospective-controlled-randomized-double-blind-study
#17
Arthur Cukiert, Cristine Mella Cukiert, Jose Augusto Burattini, Pedro Paulo Mariani, Daniela Fontes Bezerra
OBJECTIVE: We designed a prospective, randomized, controlled, double-blind study to evaluate the efficacy of hippocampal deep brain stimulation (Hip-DBS) in patients with refractory temporary lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS: Sixteen adult patients with refractory TLE were studied. Patient's workup included medical history, interictal and ictal electroencephalography (EEG), and high-resolution 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Patients were randomized on a 1:1 proportion to an active (stimulation on) or to a control (no stimulation) arm...
July 26, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742196/sociological-histories-on-epilepsy-as-causes-for-disqualification-stipulated-in-the-japanese-road-traffic-act-of-1960-and-revised-road-traffic-act-of-2001
#18
G Imataka, S Yoshihara
In the wake of successive cases of fatal accidents caused by patients behind the wheel whose driving was likely to be hindered due to paroxysmal diseases, including epilepsy, there has been an outcry from victims demanding stricter criminal penalties against the perpetrators due to negligence. As a result of this action, a revised Road Traffic Act was put into effect in Japan on June 14, 2013. This act established new penal provisions against any person who provides false statements on his/her medical condition(s) when acquiring or renewing a driver's license...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732262/attitudes-toward-epilepsy-and-perceptions-of-epilepsy-related-stigma-in-korean-evangelical-christians
#19
Sang-Ahm Lee, Eun-Ju Choi, Ji-Ye Jeon, Joon-Hyun Paek
PURPOSE: The scriptural description of Jesus driving out an evil spirit from a boy with epilepsy supported the idea of the spiritual nature of epilepsy for centuries. Korea has a shorter history of Christianity than the Western world. We determined whether there are differences in attitudes toward epilepsy and perception of epilepsy-related stigma between people with and without belief in evangelical Christianity in Korea. METHODS: Data were collected from evangelical churches and theological colleges...
July 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721058/clinical-patterns-and-outcomes-of-status-epilepticus-in-patients-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#20
Hatem S Shehata, Hadeer Mahmoud AbdelGhaffar, Mohammed Nasreldin, Alaa Elmazny, Ahmed Abdelalim, Asmaa Sabbah, Nevin M Shalaby
INTRODUCTION: Refractory epilepsy is a common clinical manifestation in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which can be complicated by many life-threatening conditions, such as status epilepticus (SE). However, very few reports mention the patterns and semiology of SE in those patients. OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical characteristics and outcomes of SE in TSC patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This observational, prospective study was carried out on 36 Egyptian children with definite TSC...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
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