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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149669/effective-clinical-classification-of-chronic-epilepsy-into-focal-and-generalized-a-cross-sectional-study
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Shambhu Kumar, Mamta Bhushan Singh, Garima Shukla, Sreenivas Vishnubhatla, M V Padma Srivastava, Vinay Goyal, Kameshwar Prasad, Victor Patterson
PURPOSE: Investigations such as EEG and brain imaging are often difficult to obtain in primary care settings of resource-limited regions impacting millions of epilepsy patients. We wanted to test the hypothesis that classification of chronic epilepsy into focal and generalized based on clinical history and examination alone would be comparable to making such a classification with additional inputs from EEG and brain imaging. METHODS: Two investigators independently classified consecutive chronic epilepsy patients into focal, generalized and unclassified epilepsy...
November 9, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145442/downregulation-of-kcnmb4-expression-and-changes-in-bk-channel-subtype-in-hippocampal-granule-neurons-following-seizure-activity
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Luke E Whitmire, Ling Ling, Vladslav Bugay, Chase M Carver, Santosh Timilsina, Hui-Hsiu Chuang, David B Jaffe, Mark S Shapiro, Jose E Cavazos, Robert Brenner
A major challenge is to understand maladaptive changes in ion channels that sets neurons on a course towards epilepsy development. Voltage- and calcium-activated K+ (BK) channels contribute to early spike timing in neurons, and studies indicate that the BK channel plays a pathological role in increasing excitability early after a seizure. Here, we have investigated changes in BK channels and their accessory β4 subunit (KCNMB4) in dentate gyrus (DG) granule neurons of the hippocampus, key neurons that regulate excitability of the hippocampus circuit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144993/evaluate-the-effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs-on-reproductive-endocrine-system-in-newly-diagnosed-female-epileptic-patients-receiving-either-valproate-or-lamotrigine-monotherapy-a-prospective-study
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Harpreet Singh Sidhu, R Srinivasa, Akshay Sadhotra
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the development of reproductive endocrine changes in Indian women with epilepsy initiating on either Valproate (VPA) or Lamotrigine (LTG) monotherapy. METHODS: Reproductive hormonal profiles, hirsutism, ovarian morphology by ultrasonography and menstrual cycle data in newly diagnosed women with epilepsy taking VPA (n=34) or LTG (n=32) monotherapy were compared. None of the women were receiving hormonal contraception. Patients gave details of seizure type and frequency, medical and drug history...
October 28, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141311/-study-on-mosaicism-of-scn1a-gene-mutation-in-parents-of-children-with-dravet-syndrome
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A J Liu, X X Yang, X J Xu, Q X Wu, X J Tian, X L Yang, X R Wu, L P Wei, Y H Zhang
Objective: To investigate the clinical phenotypes and the mutant allele proportion of parents with SCN1A gene mutation mosaicism of Dravet syndrome (DS) children, thus to provide guidance for family reproduction and prenatal diagnosis. Method: The clinical data and peripheral blood DNA samples of DS patients with a SCN1A gene mutation proved by Sanger sequencing were collected prospectively from February 2005 to November 2016 in Department of Pediatrics, Peking University First Hospital. The same mutation was searched in parents and other available relatives...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140804/exploration-of-predictive-biomarkers-for-sudden-unexplained-cardiac-death-in-nonelderly-people-a-case-control-study-with-biochemical-parameters-related-to-heart-failure
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Sakai Kentaro, Iwadate Kimiharu, Matsumoto Sari, Takasu Shojiro, Kanto Yuko
Sudden unexplained cardiac death (SUCD) can occasionally occur in nonelderly patients with epilepsy, psychiatric disorders, or no medical history. This study was conducted to aim to analyze whether values of the biomarkers for heart failure are associated with the SUCD. Serum concentrations of N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and tumor necrosis factor α were analyzed in 57 nonelderly patients with SUCD who was diagnosed at medicolegal autopsy. The subjects were divided into 3 subgroups according to the medical history: (1) epilepsy, (2) psychiatric disorders, and (3) no specific medical history...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140112/a-2017-review-of-pharmacotherapy-for-treating-focal-epilepsy-where-are-we-now-and-how-will-treatment-develop
#6
Andreas Schulze-Bonhage
Focal epilepsy is the most common type of epilepsy with approximately 30 million patients affected worldwide. There is a major challenge to develop new antiepileptic treatments as currently approximately one third of patients remain uncontrolled under our best standards of care. Areas covered: An overview is given on first- and second generation antiepileptic drugs and their mechanisms of action, and on recent new strategies for antiepileptic targets, including drugs aiming at disease modification. Expert opinion: Newer antiepileptic drugs have enabled a better tolerated and individualized treatment for many patients...
November 15, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129154/predictors-of-drug-resistant-epilepsy-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Anna Jeong, Jo Anne Nakagawa, Michael Wong
Utilizing the multicenter TSC (tuberous sclerosis complex) Natural History Database including 2034 subjects, this study aimed to identify predictors of drug-resistant epilepsy in TSC. Basic epilepsy data were available for 1965 individuals in the database. Supplemental data were further collected from 1546 of these subjects through directed site queries, addressing additional epilepsy characteristics including the presence of drug-resistant epilepsy, therapies trialed, and outcomes of specific therapies. Epilepsy was reported in 86...
December 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128327/clinical-predictors-of-stroke-mimics-in-patients-treated-with-recombinant-tissue-plasminogen-activator-according-to-a-normal-multimodal-computed-tomography-imaging
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Stephane Olindo, Martin Chardonnet, Pauline Renou, Cyrielle Coignion, Sabrina Debruxelles, Mathilde Poli, Sharmila Sagnier, François Rouanet, Igor Sibon
BACKGROUND: Multimodal computed tomography imaging (MCTI) is increasingly used for rapid assessment of acute stroke. We investigated characteristics and final diagnoses of patients treated with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) while admission imaging was unremarkable. METHODS: From our prospectively collected stroke database (2013-2016), we identified consecutive patients treated with rt-PA on the basis of an unremarkable brain MCTI and assessed with a 24-hour follow-up brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127859/the-risk-of-subsequent-epilepsy-in-children-with-febrile-seizure-after-5-years-of-age
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Pinar Gencpinar, Hamdi Yavuz, Öznur Bozkurt, Şenay Haspolat, Özgür Duman
PURPOSE: Despite their age-dependent definition, febrile seizures (FS) may be observed in people of almost any age. The risk of developing unprovoked seizures after an FS is well defined. However, there are limited data about FS starting or persisting after 5 years of age. In the present study, we evaluated patients who developed FS after 5 years of age. METHOD: Between 2010 and 2014, we prospectively enrolled all patients with FS. We collected demographic and clinical features, radiologic images, electroencephalograms (EEGs), and results of psychomotor development tests and treatment data of the patients...
November 6, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127595/neurological-manifestations-of-congenital-zika-virus-infection
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Tania Saad, Alessandra Augusta PennaeCosta, Fernanda Veiga de Góes, Marcela de Freitas, Julia Valeriano de Almeida, Lúcio José de Santa Ignêz, Ana Paula Amancio, Renata Joviano Alvim, Ludmilla Athayde Antunes Kramberger
INTRODUCTION: In 2015, it was observed a rise in the number of microcephalic newborns associated with a history of non-specific febrile sickness and rash during pregnancy in Brazil. Since then, microcephaly has emerged as a public health concern. A few months after, the causal relation between congenital microcephaly and the Zika virus was discovered. Zika virus, an arbovirus, is a new TORCH member that leads to congenital infection through vertical transmission and harms the developing brain, disrupting synaptogenesis, and causing other central nervous system lesions...
November 10, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126048/lennox-gastaut-syndrome-in-adulthood-long-term-clinical-follow-up-of-38-patients-and-analysis-of-their-recorded-seizures
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Aglaia Vignoli, Gaia Oggioni, Giovanni De Maria, Angela Peron, Miriam Nella Savini, Elena Zambrelli, Valentina Chiesa, Francesca La Briola, Katherine Turner, Maria Paola Canevini
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe epileptic encephalopathy with childhood onset that usually continues through adolescence and into adulthood. In the long term, patients with this condition still have intractable seizures, intellectual disability, behavioral problems, and physical comorbidities. The aim of this study was to describe the clinical and EEG characteristics of a group of adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. We identified 38 (22 females, 16 males) patients with LGS older than age 18years at their last evaluation, with mean age of 43...
November 7, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116582/late-onset-first-episode-psychosis-emerging-as-delusional-misidentification-of-familiar-sacred-places-during-a-holy-pilgrimage-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Mahmoud A Awara, Hamdy F Moselhy, Manal O Elnenaei
BACKGROUND: The delusional misidentification syndromes (DMS) include a myriad of discrete but related syndromes, which have wide spectrum anomalies of familiarity. Several misidentification syndromes have been described in the psychiatric literature, the most common of these delusions are: the Capgras syndrome; the Fregoli syndrome; the syndrome of inter-metamorphosis; reduplicative paramnesia; and environmental reduplication. CASE PRESENTATION: The reported case highlights the emergence of late onset first episode psychosis in a Middle Eastern 65-year-old female who has no previous psychiatric history...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111502/a-simple-clinical-score-for-prediction-of-nonepileptic-seizures
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Sindhu R Rao, Jeremy D Slater, Giridhar P Kalamangalam
Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), often mistaken for epilepsy in community practice, require inpatient video-EEG (VEEG) monitoring for diagnostic confirmation. We developed a simple score designed for use in an outpatient setting to predict the subsequent VEEG diagnosis of PNES. We retrospectively compared fifty-five consecutive patients with VEEG-proven PNES (N1=55) with a group of randomly selected patients with VEEG-proven epilepsy (N2=55). Patients were divided into two groups: I) a 'truly retrospective' group of 27 patients with PNES and 27 patients with epilepsy whose data served to develop the score, and II) a 'pseudoprospective' group of 28 patients each with PNES and epilepsy to whom the score was applied...
October 27, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111005/impact-of-non-guideline-based-treatment-of-status-epilepticus
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James Braun, Elizabeth Gau, Stacy Revelle, Laurie Byrne, Abhay Kumar
BACKGROUND: This retrospective study analyzed benzodiazepine usage patterns in relation to guideline recommendations for the treatment of generalized convulsive status epilepticus (GCSE) as practiced by emergency medical services (EMS) and the emergency department (ED) of an inner-city hospital. Secondary outcomes of interest were adverse events and admission/discharge outcomes. METHODS: Records of all patients≥18years old diagnosed with GCSE between June 2012 and September 2015 and transported by EMS to our hospital ED were reviewed...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108660/usefulness-of-electroencephalography-for-the-management-of-epilepsy-in-emergency-departments
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A Viloria Alebesque, A López Bravo, E Bellosta Diago, S Santos Lasaosa, J A Mauri Llerda
INTRODUCTION: Electroencephalography (EEG) is an essential diagnostic tool in epilepsy. Its use in emergency departments (ED) is usually restricted to the diagnosis and management of non-convulsive status epilepticus (NCSE). However, EDs may also benefit from EEG in the context of other situations in epilepsy. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study using the clinical histories of patients treated at our hospital's ED for epileptic seizures and suspicion of NCSE and undergoing EEG studies in 2015 and 2016...
November 3, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108421/neonatal-arterial-ischemic-stroke-risk-related-to-family-history-maternal-diseases-and-genetic-thrombophilia
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Juan Arnaez, Gemma Arca, Ana Martín-Ancel, Thais Agut, Alfredo Garcia-Alix
The objective of this study was to evaluate the heritability of neonatal arterial ischemic stroke (NAIS) in relation to family history of thromboembolic event, maternal diseases, and thrombophilia in both parents ( F5G1691A, F2G20210A, and MTHFRC677 T mutations). Forty-two consecutive infants ≥36 weeks of gestation <28 days of life with acute symptomatic NAIS and their parents, as well as 129 controls, were prospectively recruited. Information on maternal data (age, body mass index, oral contraception, migraine, epilepsy, hypertension, and immune disease) and a 3-generation pedigree regarding myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, cerebrovascular event, and deep vein thrombosis were obtained...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101845/motor-cortex-excitability-in-seizure-free-stx1b-mutation-carriers-with-a-history-of-epilepsy-and-febrile-seizures
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Maria-Ioanna Stefanou, Debora Desideri, Justus Marquetand, Paolo Belardinelli, Christoph Zrenner, Holger Lerche, Ulf Ziemann
OBJECTIVE: Mutations in STX1B encoding the presynaptic protein syntaxin-1B are associated with febrile seizures with or without epilepsy. It is unclear to what extent these mutations are linked to abnormalities of cortical glutamatergic or GABAergic neurotransmission. We explored this question using single- and paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) excitability markers. METHODS: We studied nine currently asymptomatic adult STX1B mutation carriers with history of epilepsy and febrile seizures, who had been seizure-free for at least eight years without antiepileptic drug treatment, and ten healthy age-matched controls...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101226/presentation-and-diagnosis-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-in-infants
#18
Peter E Davis, Rajna Filip-Dhima, Georgios Sideridis, Jurriaan M Peters, Kit Sing Au, Hope Northrup, E Martina Bebin, Joyce Y Wu, Darcy Krueger, Mustafa Sahin
OBJECTIVES: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurocutaneous genetic disorder with a high prevalence of epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders. TSC can be challenging to diagnose in infants because they often do not show many clinical signs early in life. In this study, we describe the timing and pattern of presenting and diagnostic features in a prospective longitudinal study of infants with TSC. METHODS: Two multicenter, prospective studies enrolled 130 infants with definite TSC by clinical or genetic criteria and followed them longitudinally up to 36 months of age...
November 3, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099408/electrographic-and-clinical-natural-history-of-lateralized-periodic-discharges
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Vineet Punia, Ravi Vakani, Richard Burgess, Stephen Hantus
PURPOSE: The long-term electrographic features of lateralized periodic discharges (LPD) and their impact on clinical management are unclear. The authors investigated routine EEGs (rEEG) to analyze the delayed natural history of LPDs, and studied the clinical care of these patients. METHODS: After IRB approval, the prospectively maintained continuous EEG (cEEG) database was searched to identify patients fulfilling the following criteria: LPDs on cEEG, age ≥18 years, no epilepsy history, and rEEG completed within 1 to 12 months of hospital discharge...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096134/modification-of-the-natural-progression-of-epileptogenesis-by-means-of-biperiden-in-the-pilocarpine-model-of-epilepsy
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Simone Bittencourt, Enéas Ferrazoli, Maria Fernanda Valente, Simone Romariz, Nilma R L L Janisset, Carlos Eduardo Macedo, Bruno de Brito Antonio, Vanessa Barros, Mayara Mundim, Marimélia Porcionatto, Mayra Consuelo Aarão, Maísa Ferreira Miranda, Antônio Márcio Rodrigues, Antônio-Carlos Guimarães de Almeida, Beatriz M Longo, Luiz E Mello
Brain injuries are often associated with the later development of epilepsy. Evidence suggests that morphological and functional changes occur in the remaining neural tissue during a silent (or latent) period in which no seizures are expressed. It is believed that this silent (reorganization) period may provide a therapeutic window for modifying the natural history of disease progression. Here we provide evidence that biperiden, a muscarinic anticholinergic agent, is able to alter disease progression in an animal model of epilepsy...
October 29, 2017: Epilepsy Research
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