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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239239/depressive-disorders-in-patients-with-pharmaco-resistant-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Eleonora Borges Gonçalves, Tania Aparecida Marchiori de Oliveira Cardoso, Clarissa Lin Yasuda, Fernando Cendes
Objectives To assess depressive disorders in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) refractory to medical treatment. Methods Adult patients with refractory MTLE completed two questionnaires (Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) had a semi-structured psychiatric interview and a high resolution MRI scan. For complete neuropsychiatric diagnosis, as per International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), the results were combined with clinical history and additional information from the patients' family...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237403/isolated-and-repeated-stroke-like-episodes-in-a-middle-aged-man-with-a-mitochondrial-nd3-t10158c-mutation-a-case-report
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Satomi Mezuki, Kenji Fukuda, Tomonaga Matsushita, Yoshihisa Fukushima, Ryu Matsuo, Yu-Ichi Goto, Takehiro Yasukawa, Takeshi Uchiumi, Dongchon Kang, Takanari Kitazono, Tetsuro Ago
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) syndrome, is the most common phenotype of mitochondrial disease. It often develops in childhood or adolescence, usually before the age of 40, in a maternally-inherited manner. Mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are frequently responsible for MELAS. CASE PRESENTATION: A 55-year-old man, who had no family or past history of mitochondrial disorders, suddenly developed bilateral visual field constriction and repeated stroke-like episodes...
December 13, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236894/what-do-flaubert-dostoevsky-and-machado-de-assis-have-in-common-with-neurology
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Bruno Kusznir Vitturi, Wilson Luiz Sanvito
The Frenchman Gustave Flaubert, the Russian Fyodor Dostoevsky and the Brazilian Machado de Assis are known for their immeasurable contributions to literature. However, what most people do not know is that all three authors suffered from epilepsy and were affected by their neurological condition in different ways. We offer a short description of how epilepsy influenced their lives, how they dealt with it and how their neurological condition was present in their novels and correspondence. Their lives are excellent examples of how intimately neurology can be entwined in art and history, and provide an important perspective on patients with epilepsy...
December 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236669/-optically-dissecting-brain-nicotinic-receptor-function-with-photo-controllable-designer-receptors
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Romain Durand-de Cuttoli, Sarah Mondoloni, Alexandre Mourot
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are pentameric ligand-gated ion channels widely expressed in the central nervous system and the periphery. They play an important modulatory role in learning, memory and attention, and have been implicated in various diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, schizophrenia and addiction. These receptors are activated by the endogenous neurotransmitter acetylcholine, or by nicotine, the alkaloid found in tobacco leaves. Both molecules open the ion channel and cause the movement of cations across the membrane, which directly affects neuronal excitability and synaptic plasticity...
2017: Biologie Aujourd'hui
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229894/retrospective-review-of-pediatric-status-epilepticus-in-116-saudi-patients-predictors-of-outcome
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Raid Harb Hommady, Muhammad Talal Alrifai, Osama Khaled Mubayrik, Ruba Salem Alayed, Muhannad Abdulrahman Alsemari, Ahmed Arumayyan, Waleed Altuwaijri, Duaa Baarmah
BACKGROUND: Status epilepticus (SE) is a common, life-threatening condition. Multiple factors are used to predict its outcome and evaluate its risks, and there have been only a few studies in Saudi Arabia. OBJECTIVES: Investigate predictors of SE outcome. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review study. SETTING: Tertiary center, Riyadh. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed all pediatric cases (age 14 years or younger) of SE admitted between January 2005 and December 2015, collecting data on age, sex, date of birth, developmental status, pre-existing neurological diseases, SE etiology, Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) scores, and electroencephalogram (EEG) findings...
November 2017: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227795/divergent-effects-of-levetiracetam-and-tiagabine-against-spontaneous-seizures-in-adult-rats-following-neonatal-hypoxia
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Raymond Dunn, Bridget N Queenan, Daniel T S Pak, Patrick A Forcelli
Animal models are valuable tools for screening novel therapies for patients who suffer from epilepsy. However, a wide array of models are necessary to cover the diversity of human epilepsies. In humans, neonatal hypoxia (or hypoxia-ischemia) is one of the most common causes of epilepsy early in life. Hypoxia-induced seizures (HS) during the neonatal period can also lead to spontaneous seizures in adulthood. This phenomenon, i.e., early-life hypoxia leading to adult epilepsy - is also seen in experimental models, including rats...
December 5, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226868/predictors-of-age-of-diagnosis-and-survival-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-down-syndrome
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Amanda Sinai, Claire Mokrysz, Jane Bernal, Ingrid Bohnen, Simon Bonell, Ken Courtenay, Karen Dodd, Dina Gazizova, Angela Hassiotis, Richard Hillier, Judith McBrien, Jane McCarthy, Kamalika Mukherji, Asim Naeem, Natalia Perez-Achiaga, Khadija Rantell, Vijaya Sharma, David Thomas, Zuzana Walker, Sarah Whitham, Andre Strydom
BACKGROUND: People with Down syndrome (DS) are an ultra-high risk population for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Understanding the factors associated with age of onset and survival in this population could highlight factors associated with modulation of the amyloid cascade. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to establish the typical age at diagnosis and survival associated with AD in DS and the risk factors associated with these. METHODS: Data was obtained from the Aging with Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities (ADSID) research database, consisting of data extracted from clinical records of patients seen by Community Intellectual Disability Services (CIDS) in England...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223975/auras-and-the-risk-of-seizures-with-impaired-consciousness-following-epilepsy-surgery-implications-for-driving
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Sam Fairclough, Aidan G O'Keeffe, Jane de Tisi, John S Duncan
OBJECTIVE: To calculate the chance of a seizure in the next year (COSY) for seizures with impaired awareness in those experiencing auras only, those with no seizures and those with continuing seizures. Epilepsy surgery is an effective treatment for refractory focal epilepsy. Driving is an important factor affecting quality of life. In the UK, driving is not permitted if focal seizures with no impairment of awareness (auras, simple partial seizures) continue, if there is a prior history of seizures with impaired awareness, as will invariably be the case in those having epilepsy surgery...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223473/-cryptogenic-west-syndrome-clinical-profile-response-to-treatment-and-prognostic-factors
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María Calderón Romero, Elena Arce Portillo, Mercedes López Lobato, Beatriz Muñoz Cabello, Bárbara Blanco Martínez, Marcos Madruga Garrido, Olga Alonso Luego
INTRODUCTION: West syndrome (WS) is an age-dependent epileptic encephalopathy in which the prognosis varies according to the, not always identified, underlying origin. OBJECTIVES: To define the profile of cryptogenic (a least studied isolated sub-group) WS, in Spain. To study its outcome, response to different treatments, and to establish prognostic factors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included a review of the medical records of 16 patients diagnosed with cryptogenic WS during the period, 2000-2015...
December 6, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220065/clinical-profile-of-patients-with-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures-in-puerto-rico
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Joashlie M Méndez-Ruiz, Alfonso Martínez-Taboas, Yeira M Valdez-Pimentel, Miguel Torres-Narváez, Marianette Colón-Laboy, Gisela G Jiménez-Colón, José Rodríguez-Gómez, Christian J González-Jiménez
OBJECTIVE: Specialized epilepsy clinics receive many cases (20%-30% of total cases) in which the patients are diagnosed with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). In Puerto Rico, there has been a lack of research on and data about patients with PNES. This study examined the clinical profile of 34 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of PNES. METHODS: A secondary analysis of 34 clinical records of patients with PNES was conducted. The resulting profile was based on clinical interviews, the behavioral presentation of seizures, the history of traumatic experiences or abuse, and the relationship between PNES events and life stressors...
December 2017: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215453/generalized-periodic-discharges-with-and-without-triphasic-morphology
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Ayham M Alkhachroum, Haifa Al-Abri, Alok Sachdeva, Sarita Maturu, Jennifer Waldron, Han Wang, Macym Rizvi, Guadalupe Fernandez-Baca Vaca, Hans O Lüders
PURPOSE: Generalized periodic discharges (GPDs) with a triphasic morphology have been associated with nonepileptic encephalopathies. We conducted the study to assess the reliability in which electroencephalographers can differentiate triphasic from nontriphasic periodic discharges and to evaluate for the presence of electroencephalogram and clinical characteristics that are associated with a higher risk of seizures. METHODS: We studied prospectively 92 patients between May 2016 and February 2017...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214743/gc-ms-ms-detects-potential-pregabalin-abuse-in-susceptible-subjects-hair
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Federica Ianni, Kyriaki Aroni, Alessio Gili, Roccaldo Sardella, Mauro Bacci, Massimo Lancia, Benedetto Natalini, Cristiana Gambelunghe
Pregabalin, a GABA analogue, binds to the alpha 2 delta subunit of voltage-dependent calcium channels. It is recognized as efficacious in pathologies such as epilepsy, neuropathic pain and anxiety disorders. Since pregabalin prescriptions have increased worldwide, reports of its abuse have been accumulating, mainly in patients with opioid abuse disorders. The present study investigated potential pregabalin abuse by means of hair analysis, a matrix that provides valuable retrospective information. Half of the pool of 280 susceptible patients had been occasional drug users and were being monitored for driving licence renewals...
December 7, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204024/behavioral-problems-and-intelligence-quotient-changes-in-pediatric-epilepsy-a-case-control-study
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Shyama Choudhary, N Niranjan, Satyendra Khichar, Pramod K Berwal, Abhijeet Singh Barath
Background: Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disease and has neurological impairment as an important comorbidity. Objective: To find behavioral problems and intelligence quotient (IQ) changes associated with epilepsy and to know the association of variables such as frequency, type of seizures, and duration of disease with cognitive impairment. Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross sectional study, consisting of 50 cases (patients of epilepsy) and 50 controls (other patients of same socioeconomic status) was conducted at S...
October 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203057/febrile-infection-related-epilepsy-syndrome-fires-with-super-refractory-status-epilepticus-revealing-autoimmune-encephalitis-due-to-gabaar-antibodies
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D Caputo, R Iorio, F Vigevano, L Fusco
BACKGROUND: Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) has been described as an epileptic encephalopathy of unknown etiology affecting previously healthy children following febrile illness. Despite large investigations on autoimmune pathogenesis no membrane antibodies has been associated since now. CASE STUDY: We report a 13 years-old girl with negative history for neurological or autoimmune disease that developed at the sixth day of high fever a super-refractory status epilepticus...
November 24, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200367/anesthetic-management-in-mitochondrial-encephalomyopathy-a-case-report
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Toru Yamamoto, Noriko Miyazawa, Shinichi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kawahara
We report on a morbidly obese 16-year-old boy (weight, 116 kg; height, 176 cm; body mass index, 35.5 kg/m2) with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy and a history of cerebral infarction, epilepsy, and severe mental retardation. The patient was scheduled for elective surgery under general anesthesia for multiple dental caries and entropion of the left eye. Preoperative examination results, including an electrocardiogram, were normal. No obvious cardiac function abnormalities were observed on echocardiography. Midazolam (10 mg) was administered orally as premedication 30 minutes before transfer to the operating room; however, the patient was uncooperative, and his body movements were difficult to control upon entering the operating room...
2017: Anesthesia Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198891/observing-the-advanced-disease-course-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-iiia-a-case-series
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Elsa Shapiro, Alia Ahmed, Chester Whitley, Kathleen Delaney
This follow-up study of a subgroup of the patients seen in a natural history study of mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA (Sanfilippo syndrome type A) addressed the adaptive and medical characteristics of their advanced disease manifestations. Of the original 24 patients, specific data was collected on only 58% primarily due to difficulty in locating families and coordinating time for interviews two to four years after the original study. At the last contact with the patient, age range was 8 to 24years of age. Data were collected from telephone interviews from the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales II and medical and treatment history...
November 28, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175724/a-right-amygdalohippocampectomy-a-diagnostic-challenge
#17
Frank Jonker, Cees Jonker, Laura Bronzwaer, Erik Scherder
OBJECTIVE: Amygdalohippocampectomy (AHE) is the resective surgery for medically intractable mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. To date no study has investigated a wide range of neuropsychiatric symptoms in right AHE outpatients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three patients with right AHE participated in this study. The control group are patients with cognitive complaints with no history of epilepsy or neurological impairment and no structural abnormalities on the MRI/CT. We expected no difference in verbal memory compared to the controls...
November 21, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175694/diagnostic-accuracy-of-paroxysmal-spells-clinical-history-versus-observation
#18
Brian Hanrahan, Gena Ghearing, Alexandra Urban, Cheryl Plummer, Julie Pan, Rick Hendrickson, Anto Bagic, Arun Antony
Our goal was to evaluate how accurate neurologists are at differentiating between different paroxysmal events based on clinical history versus observation of the spell in question. Forty-seven neurologists reviewed 12 clinical histories and videos of recorded events of patients admitted in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). They were asked to diagnose events as epileptic seizures, non-epileptic behavioral spells (NEBS), or other physiologic events as well as rate their confidence in their diagnosis. The median diagnostic accuracy for all paroxysmal events was 67% for clinical history and 75% for observation (p=...
November 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163069/notes-on-the-recent-history-of-neuroscience-in-africa
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Vivienne A Russell
Neuroscience began with neuroanatomy and neurosurgery in Egypt more than 5000 years ago. Knowledge grew over time and specialized neurosurgery centers were established in north Africa in the eleventh century. However, it was not until the twentieth century that neuroscience research became established in sub-Saharan Africa. In most African countries, clinical research focused on understanding the rationale and improving treatment of epilepsy, infections, nutritional neuropathies, stroke and tumors. Significant advances were made...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160208/a-case-of-post-leptospirosis-autoimmune-epilepsy-presenting-with-sleep-related-hypermotor-seizures
#20
Prashant Makhija, Siby Gopinath, Sudheeran Kannoth, Kurupath Radhakrishnan
This video-illustrated case report concerns a 49-year-old woman who presented with sleep-related hypermotor seizures. The antecedent history of leptospirosis, high frequency of new-onset seizures, presence of an unclassified anti-neuronal antibody, and dramatic response to steroids strongly supported post-infectious immune-mediated pathogenesis in our patient. To the best of our knowledge, post-leptospirosis autoimmune epilepsy presenting as sleep-related hypermotor seizures has not hitherto been reported. [Published with video sequences on www...
November 21, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
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