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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449138/driving-with-drug-resistant-and-controlled-seizures-from-a-patient-s-perspective-assessment-of-attitudes-and-practices
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Lakshman Arcot Jayagopal, Kaeli K Samson, Olga Taraschenko
BACKGROUND: Driving restrictions in epilepsy are intended to safeguard public and personal safety; however, these limitations inhibit socialization, restrict employment, and reduce self-esteem in patients with seizures. A large proportion of patients with seizures continue to drive, and factors leading to noncompliance with driving regulations are poorly understood. Thus, the patients' perspective on driving safety is not incorporated into the existing counseling tools on driving safety in epilepsy...
February 12, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435578/comparative-effectiveness-of-levetiracetam-vs-phenobarbital-for-infantile-epilepsy
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Zachary M Grinspan, Renée A Shellhaas, Jason Coryell, Joseph E Sullivan, Elaine C Wirrell, John R Mytinger, William D Gaillard, Eric H Kossoff, Ignacio Valencia, Kelly G Knupp, Courtney Wusthoff, Cynthia Keator, Nicole Ryan, Tobias Loddenkemper, Catherine J Chu, Edward J Novotny, John Millichap, Anne T Berg
Importance: More than half of infants with new-onset epilepsy have electroencephalographic and clinical features that do not conform to known electroclinical syndromes (ie, nonsyndromic epilepsy). Levetiracetam and phenobarbital are the most commonly prescribed medications for epilepsy in infants, but their comparative effectiveness is unknown. Objective: To compare the effectiveness of levetiracetam vs phenobarbital for nonsyndromic infantile epilepsy. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Early Life Epilepsy Study-a prospective, multicenter, observational cohort study conducted from March 1, 2012, to April 30, 2015, in 17 US medical centers-enrolled infants with nonsyndromic epilepsy and a first afebrile seizure between 1 month and 1 year of age...
February 12, 2018: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432985/a-relatively-mild-phenotype-associated-with-mutation-of-scn8a
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Irene Bagnasco, Patrizia Dassi, Roberta Blé, Piernanda Vigliano
Mutations in SCN8A gene have been described in relation to infantile onset epilepsy with movement disorders and developmental delay. Recently various authors have reported patients carrying autosomal dominant heterozygous SCN8A mutations and a milder phenotype expression. We discuss the case of a 6-year-old girl with a positive family history for epilepsy, early benign focal epilepsy, well controlled by Carbamazepine, upper limb tremor since birth, ataxia, slight motor delay and normal cognitive development...
February 7, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430560/epilepsy-is-associated-with-ventricular-alterations-following-convulsive-status-epilepticus-in-children
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Wail Ali, Beth A Bubolz, Linh Nguyen, Danny Castro, Jorge Coss-Bu, Michael M Quach, Curtis E Kennedy, Anne E Anderson, Yi-Chen Lai
Objective: Convulsive status epilepticus can exert profound cardiovascular effects in adults including ventricular depolarization-repolarization abnormalities. Whether status epilepticus adversely affects ventricular electrical properties in children is less understood. Therefore, we sought to characterize ventricular alterations and the associated clinical factors in children following convulsive status epilepticus. Methods: We conducted a 2-year retrospective, case-control study...
December 2017: Epilepsia Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429257/-clinical-features-and-gene-analysis-of-tbc1d24-gene-mutation-related-early-onset-focal-myoclonic-epilepsy
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X R Leng, J Ye, Q L Zhou, X H Qi, Y H Dong, L P Zhang, Y F Zhang, Y P Wang, L P Li, Y C Lin
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and genetic characteristics of patients with TBC1D24 gene mutation related early-onset focal myoclonic epilepsy. Methods: Clinical data of 3 patients with TBC1D24 gene mutation related early-onset focal myoclonic epilepsy of Xuanwu Hospital from November 2016 to June 2017 was collected and analyzed.Candidate gene mutations were screened by second generation sequencing. Results: Among the 3 patients, 1 was male and 2 were females.Seizure onset age was 4 months, 3 years and 5 years after birth respectively...
February 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422636/childhood-epilepsy-and-adhd-comorbidity-in-an-indian-tertiary-medical-center-outpatient-population
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Anita Choudhary, Sheffali Gulati, Rajesh Sagar, Naveen Sankhyan, Kam Sripada
This study aimed to assess the prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its characteristics and risk factors in children with epilepsy at a tertiary medical center in New Delhi. Children with active epilepsy, aged 6 to 12 years, were assessed for ADHD using DSM-IV-TR criteria. Epilepsy and psychiatric characteristics, sociodemographic indicators, and use of antiepileptic drugs were analyzed for differences between the ADHD and non-ADHD groups. Among the 73 children with epilepsy, 23% (n = 17) had comorbid ADHD, of whom 59% (n = 10) had predominantly inattentive type, 35% (n = 6) combined type, and 6% (n = 1) predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type...
February 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29420639/cognitive-dysfunction-in-naturally-occurring-canine-idiopathic-epilepsy
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Rowena M A Packer, Paul D McGreevy, Hannah E Salvin, Michael J Valenzuela, Chloe M Chaplin, Holger A Volk
Globally, epilepsy is a common serious brain disorder. In addition to seizure activity, epilepsy is associated with cognitive impairments including static cognitive impairments present at onset, progressive seizure-induced impairments and co-morbid dementia. Epilepsy occurs naturally in domestic dogs but its impact on canine cognition has yet to be studied, despite canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) recognised as a spontaneous model of dementia. Here we use data from a psychometrically validated tool, the canine cognitive dysfunction rating (CCDR) scale, to compare cognitive dysfunction in dogs diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy (IE) with controls while accounting for age...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414562/an-objective-score-to-identify-psychogenic-seizures-based-on-age-of-onset-and-history
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Wesley T Kerr, Emily A Janio, Chelsea T Braesch, Justine M Le, Jessica M Hori, Akash B Patel, Norma L Gallardo, Janar Bauirjan, Andrea M Chau, Eric S Hwang, Emily C Davis, Albert Buchard, David Torres-Barba, Shannon D'Ambrosio, Mona Al Banna, Andrew Y Cho, Jerome Engel, Mark S Cohen, John M Stern
OBJECTIVE: Psychogenic nonepileptic seizure (PNES) is a common diagnosis after evaluation of medication resistant or atypical seizures with video-electroencephalographic monitoring (VEM), but usually follows a long delay after the development of seizures, during which patients are treated for epilepsy. Therefore, more readily available diagnostic tools are needed for earlier identification of patients at risk for PNES. A tool based on patient-reported psychosocial history would be especially beneficial because it could be implemented in the outpatient clinic...
February 1, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414553/cognitive-and-motor-outcomes-in-children-with-unilateral-sturge-weber-syndrome-effect-of-age-at-seizure-onset-and-side-of-brain-involvement
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Aimee F Luat, Michael E Behen, Harry T Chugani, Csaba Juhász
PURPOSE: Most children with Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) develop seizures that may contribute to neurocognitive status. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that very early seizure onset has a particularly detrimental effect on the cognitive and/or motor outcomes of children with unilateral SWS. We also tested whether side of SWS brain involvement modulates the effect of seizure variables on the pattern of cognitive abnormalities. METHODS: Thirty-four children (22 girls; mean age 6...
February 2, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414547/stress-seizures-and-epilepsy-patient-narratives
#10
Johannes D Lang, David C Taylor, Burkhard S Kasper
In epilepsy, individual seizures can be triggered by a variety of external and internal stimuli. One of the most common trigger factors reported by patients is stress. However prevalent, stress-related triggering of episodes seems underappreciated in epilepsy for various reasons, and its misinterpretation often leads to other diagnoses, e.g., psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) or normal reactions. This article illustrates the significant role of stress as a seizure-provoking factor by referring to nine patient narratives...
February 1, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414543/epilepsy-in-hildegard-of-bingen-s-writings-a-comprehensive-overview
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REVIEW
Francesco Brigo, Eugen Trinka, Bruno Brigo, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Giammario Ragnedda, Raffaele Nardone, Mariano Martini
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179AD) is one of the most relevant figures of the Middle Ages. She wrote two medical books, Physica (Natural history) and Causae et curae (Causes and remedies). Our aim was to provide a comprehensive account of Hildegard of Bingen's conception of epilepsy, of the remedies proposed to treat it, and of the medical and physiological theories behind their use. We searched Hildegard of Bingen's entire body of writings to identify any possible reference to epilepsy or epileptic seizures...
February 1, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414538/antiepileptic-drug-reduction-and-increased-risk-of-stimulation-evoked-focal-to-bilateral-tonic-clonic-seizure-during-cortical-stimulation-in-patients-with-focal-epilepsy
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Kevin G Hampel, Asier Gómez-Ibáñez, Mercedes Garcés-Sánchez, David Hervás-Marín, Irene Cano-López, Esperanza González-Bono, Rebeca Conde-Sardón, Antonio Gutiérrez-Martín, Vicente Villanueva
INTRODUCTION: Stimulation-evoked focal to bilateral tonic-clonic seizure (FBTCS) can be a stressful and possibly harmful adverse event for patients during cortical stimulation (CS). We evaluated if drug load reduction of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during CS increases the risk of stimulation-evoked FBTCS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we searched our local database for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy who underwent invasive video-EEG monitoring and CS in the University Hospital la Fe Valencia from January 2006 to November 2016...
February 1, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414137/the-effect-of-vagus-nerve-stimulator-in-controlling-status-epilepticus-in-children
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Satyanarayana Gedela, Bilal Sitwat, William P Welch, Robert T Krafty, Yoshimi Sogawa
PURPOSE: This study explores the effect of Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) on Status Epilepticus (SE) in children with medically intractable epilepsy. METHODS: Retrospective review was conducted in children with a history of at least two SE, who had VNS implantation and had at least one year follow up after the procedure. RESULTS: Sixteen patients met inclusion/exclusion criteria. The median age of seizure onset and surgery was 1.3 years and 9...
January 23, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410698/suicide-ideation-and-attempts-among-people-with-epilepsy-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Kelelemua Haile, Tadesse Awoke, Getnet Ayano, Minale Tareke, Andargie Abate, Mulugeta Nega
Background: Suicidal ideation and attempts are more frequent in people with epilepsy than in general population and suicide attempt increases the chance of later completed suicide. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and associated factors of suicidal ideation and attempt among people with epilepsy in Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Methods: Institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted from May to June 2014 at Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital among people with epilepsy...
2018: Annals of General Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29403431/acquired-sleep-related-hypermotor-epilepsy-with-disrupted-white-matter-tracts-assessed-by-multishell-diffusion-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Zahari N Tchopev, Ping-Hong Yeh, Greg W Morgan, Eric Meyer, Johanna M Wolf, John M Ollinger, Gerard P Riedy, Lisa C Young
Sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy (SHE) (previously frontal lobe epilepsy) is a rare seizure disorder commonly misdiagnosed or unrecognized, causing negative patient sequelae. While usually reported in familial studies, it is more commonly acquired. Diagnosis is a challenge due to its low incidence in comparison with the more common sleep disorders or psychogenic etiologies in the differential diagnosis. Diagnosis is scaled on degree of certainty based on described or clinically documented semiology, with video EEG as a helpful, but not necessary, adjunct...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402632/prospective-longitudinal-overnight-video-eeg-evaluation-in-phelan-mcdermid-syndrome
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Omar I Khan, Xiangping Zhou, Jill Leon, Riley Kessler, Thomas Gaughan, Precilla D'Souza, Andrea Gropman, Ninette Cohen, Owen Rennert, Ashura Buckley, Sara Inati, Audrey Thurm
OBJECTIVE: Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS) is a rare genetic condition associated with loss of function mutations, including deletions, in the chromosome 22q13 region. This PMS phenotype includes intellectual disability, often minimal to absent verbal skills, and other neurologic features including autism spectrum disorder and seizures. Reports indicate seizures and abnormal electroencephalograms (EEGs) in this population, but previous studies do not describe EEG findings during sleep or prognostic value of abnormal EEG over any time period...
February 2, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402631/a-brief-history-of-typical-absence-seizures-petit-mal-revisited
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REVIEW
Francesco Brigo, Eugen Trinka, Simona Lattanzi, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Raffaele Nardone, Mariano Martini
In this article, we have traced back the history of typical absence seizures, from their initial clinical description to the more recent nosological position. The first description of absence seizures was made by Poupart in 1705 and Tissot in 1770. In 1824, Calmeil introduced the term "absences", and in 1838, Esquirol for the first time used the term petit mal. Reynolds instead used the term "epilepsia mitior" (milder epilepsy) and provided a comprehensive description of absence seizures (1861). In 1854, Delasiauve ranked absences as the seizure type with lower severity and introduced the concept of idiopathic epilepsy...
February 2, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402231/the-first-international-conference-on-syngap1-related-brain-disorders-a-stakeholder-meeting-of-families-researchers-clinicians-and-regulators
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REVIEW
Monica Weldon, Murat Kilinc, J Lloyd Holder, Gavin Rumbaugh
BACKGROUND: Pathologic mutations in SYNGAP1 cause a genetically defined form of intellectual disability (ID) with comorbid epilepsy and autistic features. While only recently discovered, pathogenicity of this gene is a relatively frequent genetic cause of classically undefined developmental delay that progresses to ID with commonly occurring comorbidities. MAIN BODY: A meeting of 150 people was held that included affected individuals and their caregivers, clinicians that treat this and related brain disorders, neuroscientists that study SYNGAP1 biology or the function of related genes, and representatives from government agencies that fund science and approve new medical treatments...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398626/seizure-clustering-during-presurgical-electroencephalographic-monitoring-in-children
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France W Fung, Mark H Libenson, Jeffrey Bolton, Phillip L Pearl, Kush Kapur, Candice Marti, Ann Paris, Ann M Bergin, Chellamani Harini
BACKGROUND: Presurgical evaluation with antiseizure medication tapering in patients with refractory epilepsy places them at risk for seizure clustering or prolonged seizures. We looked at the occurrence of seizure clustering (3 or more seizures within 24h) and prolonged seizures and the factors that influence seizure clustering and affect length of stay (LOS) in pediatric patients during presurgical monitoring. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all consecutive admissions to the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) and included patients undergoing noninvasive presurgical evaluation...
February 1, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29390243/-bardet-biedl-syndrome-and-kidney-failure-a-case-report
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Fabio Tattoli, Daniela Falconi, Chiara Bottaro, Maurizio Gherzi, Federico Marazzi, Marita Marengo, Ilaria Serra, Michela Tamagnone, Marco Formica
Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS) is a rare multi-systemic disease with autosomal recessive transmission. BBS was at first considered to be homogeneous as for its genetics, but subsequent studies have shown an extensive gene variability. Currently, 21 genes (BBS1-21) present on different chromosomes have been mapped: these genes are responsible for BBS phenotypes and they show a great heterogeneity of mutations.The most common genes are BBS1 (locus 11q13) and BBS10.We show here the case of a 50 year old patient with BBS...
February 2018: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
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