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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437319/quality-of-antiepileptic-treatment-among-older-medicare-beneficiaries-with-epilepsy-a-retrospective-claims-data-analysis
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Maria Pisu, Joshua Richman, Kendra Piper, Roy Martin, Ellen Funkhouser, Chen Dai, Lucia Juarez, Jerzy P Szaflarski, Edward Faught
BACKGROUND: Enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (EI-AEDs) are not recommended for older adults with epilepsy. Quality Indicator for Epilepsy Treatment 9 (QUIET-9) states that new patients should not receive EI-AEDs as first line of treatment. In light of reported racial/ethnic disparities in epilepsy care, we investigated EI-AED use and QUIET-9 concordance across major racial/ethnic groups of Medicare beneficiaries. RESEARCH DESIGN: Retrospective analyses of 2008-2010 Medicare claims for a 5% random sample of beneficiaries 67 years old and above in 2009 augmented for minority representation...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436816/-almost-lost-at-sea-an-unusual-cause-of-cortical-blindness
#2
Jeffrey Walden, Edward Van Williamson
A middle-aged man with a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, prior cerebral vascular accident, and remote history of generalized seizure disorder presented with worsening right-sided visual deficits and focal seizures. On examination the patient had dense homonymous hemianopsia on the right side. He was initially diagnosed with a stroke and underwent further investigation for potential causes. However, upon further review, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and repeat examination were more consistent with seizure-related effects on cortical brain matter as the cause of his visual disturbances rather than stroke...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436815/moyamoya-in-a-patient-with-fires-a-first-case-report
#3
Taylor Kaufman, Andrew White
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) is a form of epileptic encephalopathy with severe refractory epilepsy that presents in previously healthy, school-aged children after significant febrile illness with concomitant rise in body temperature. Suspected causes include genetic or acquired channelopathies, as well as mitochondrial disturbances. In FIRES, the EEG shows diffuse slowing, generalized, and/or multifocal discharges. Seizures are present and resistant to treatment. Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) is characterized by progressive stenosis of cerebral arteries and subsequent development of a network of collateral circulation that is prone to rupture...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436001/gait-instability-in-valproate-treated-patients-call-to-measure-ammonia-levels
#4
S Kipervasser, C E Elger, A D Korczyn, R D Nass, C M Quesada, M Y Neufeld
OBJECTIVE: Hyperammonemia induced by valproate (VPA) treatment may lead to several neurological and systemic symptoms as well as to seizure exacerbation. Gait instability and recurrent falls are rarely mentioned as symptoms, especially not as predominant ones. METHODS: We report five adult patients with frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE) who were treated with VPA and in whom a primary adverse effect was unstable gait and falls. RESULTS: There were four males and one female patients with FLE, 25-42-year-old, three following epilepsy surgery...
April 23, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434203/topiramate-monotherapy-for-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Jia Liu, Lu-Ning Wang, Yu-Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Topiramate is a newer broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug (AED). Some studies have shown the benefits of topiramate monotherapy in the treatment of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). However, there are no current systematic reviews to determine the efficacy and tolerability of topiramate monotherapy in people with JME. This is an updated version of the original Cochrane Review published in Issue 12, 2015. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of topiramate monotherapy in the treatment of JME...
April 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434133/stiripentol-in-the-management-of-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Katherine C Nickels, Elaine C Wirrell
Stiripentol is a structurally unique antiepileptic drug that has several possible mechanisms of action, including diverse effects on the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-A receptor and novel inhibition of lactate dehydrogenase. Because of its inhibition of several cytochrome P450 enzymes, it has extensive pharmacokinetic interactions, which often necessitates reduction in doses of certain co-therapies, particularly clobazam. Stiripentol also has a neuroprotective action, by reducing calcium-mediated neurotoxicity...
April 22, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433619/lack-of-pathogenic-mutations-in-sos1-gene-in-phenytoin-induced-gingival-overgrowth-patients
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Katia Margiotti, Giulia Pascolini, Federica Consoli, Valentina Guida, Carlo Di Bonaventura, Anna Teresa Giallonardo, Antonio Pizzuti, Alessandro De Luca
OBJECTIVE: Gingival overgrowth is a side effect associated with some distinct classes of drugs, such as anticonvulsants, immunosuppressants, and calcium channel blockers. One of the main drugs associated with gingival overgrowth is the antiepileptic phenytoin, which affects gingival tissues by altering extracellular matrix metabolism. It has been shown that mutation of human SOS1 gene is responsible for a rare hereditary gingival fibromatosis type 1, a benign gingival overgrowth. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the possible contribution of SOS1 mutation to gingival overgrowth-related phenotype...
April 5, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433581/therapeutic-burst-suppression-coma-in-pediatric-febrile-refractory-status-epilepticus
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Jainn-Jim Lin, Cheng-Che Chou, Shih-Yun Lan, Hsiang-Ju Hsiao, Yu Wang, Oi-Wa Chan, Shao-Hsuan Hsia, Huei-Shyong Wang, Kuang-Lin Lin
BACKGROUND: Evidence for the beneficial effect of therapeutic burst-suppression coma in pediatric patients with febrile refractory status epilepticus is limited, and the clinical outcomes of this treatment strategy are largely unknown. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the outcomes of therapeutic burst-suppression coma in a series of children with febrile refractory status epilepticus. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed consecutive pediatric patients with febrile refractory status epilepticus admitted to our pediatric intensive care unit between January 2000 and December 2013...
April 19, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433232/risk-factors-for-psychiatric-and-behavioural-adverse-events-associated-with-antiepileptic-drugs-in-adolescents-and-children
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EDITORIAL
Frank M C Besag
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432535/exploring-the-carbamazepine-interaction-with-human-pregnane-x-receptor-and-effect-on-abcc2-using-in-vitro-and-in-silico-approach
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Gurpreet K Grewal, Khuraijam D Singh, Neha Kanojia, Chitra Rawat, Samiksha Kukal, Ajay Jajodia, Anshika Singhal, Richa Misra, Selvaraman Nagamani, Karthikeyan Muthusamy, Ritushree Kukreti
PURPOSE: Over expression of ATP-binding cassette transporters is considered one of the major reasons for non-responsiveness to antiepileptic drugs. Carbamazepine (CBZ), one of first line antiepileptic drug is known to influence ABCC2 expression but its exact molecular mechanism is unknown. METHODS: We investigated the effect of CBZ on expression of ABCC2 and pregnane X receptor (PXR) in HepG2 cell line and compared with hyperforin (agonist of PXR) and ketoconazole (antagonist of PXR) through realtime PCR and western blot assay...
April 21, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431832/unravelling-the-mysteries-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy
#11
K G Hampel, R Rocamora Zuñiga, C M Quesada
INTRODUCTION: Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the most frequent cause of premature death in epileptic patients. Most SUDEP events occur at night and frequently go unnoticed; the exact pathophysiological mechanisms of this phenomenon therefore remain undetermined. Nevertheless, most cases of SUDEP are attributed to an infrequent yet extremely severe complication of epileptic seizures. DEVELOPMENT: We conducted a systematic literature search on PubMed...
April 18, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431589/t2-relaxometry-helps-prognosticate-seizure-outcome-in-patients-with-solitary-cerebral-cysticercosis
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Aaron de Souza, Atchayaram Nalini, Jitender Saini, Kandavel Thennarasu
OBJECTIVE: Correlate serial T2 relaxometry (T2R) values with long term seizure outcome in patients with solitary cerebral cysticercosis (SCC) in order to establish its usefulness as a prognostic marker in these patients. METHODS: Patients with new-onset seizures due to SCC were imaged serially using a pre-determined MRI protocol at enrolment and after 3, 6, 12 and 24months. T2 relaxometry was performed using a dual echo sequence with maps generated manually from the measured image intensities at the level of the lesion...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430672/lamotrigine-uses-in-psychiatric-practice-beyond-bipolar-prophylaxis-a-hope-or-hype
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Ahmed Naguy, Najah Al-Enezi
BACKGROUND: Lamotrigine (LAM), an antiepileptic, with panoply of indications and uses in neurology, is FDA approved, in psychiatry, for bipolar prophylaxis. Apart from this indication, trend of its use in psychiatry is on the rise addressing a multitude of disorders. STUDY QUESTION: LAM remains one of only few psychotropic drugs with antiglutamate activity. This might render LAM a potential therapeutic option in treatment-resistant major psychiatric disorders. We reviewed LAM pharmacology and its diverse indications while examining the extant evidence...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427028/terminal-seizure-frequency-and-its-relation-to-sudep
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Deng Chen, Yang Si, Jun He, Ying Deng, Tao Chen, Yu-Jin He, Ling Liu, Dong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major cause of death in patients with epilepsy. Several risk factors have been implicated, including early age of onset, tonic-clonic seizures and antiepileptic drugs. However, whether patients who die from SUDEP have a greater frequency of seizures in the few months before death is unclear. We investigated the terminal seizure frequency and its relation to SUDEP among a large group of patients with tonic-clonic seizures in rural West China...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427026/epilepsy-and-headaches-further-evidence-of-a-link
#15
Asli Ece Çilliler, Hayat Güven, Selim Selçuk Çomoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy and primary headaches are two of the most common neurologic conditions that share some common clinical characteristics, and can affect individuals of all age groups around the world. In recent years, the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms potentially common to both headaches and epileptic seizures have been the subject of scrutiny. The objective of this study was to determine the frequencies and types of headaches in patients with epilepsy, and evaluate any temporal relationship with epileptic seizures...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425688/pediatric-epilepsy-and-psychiatric-comorbidity-preliminary-observational-data-from-a-prospective-study
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Michela Gatta, Alessia Raffagnato, Stefania Mannarini, Laura Balottin, Irene Toldo, Marilena Vecchi, Clementina Boniver
BACKGROUND: Several studies have confirmed psychiatric comorbidity and a worse quality of life in children with epilepsy, but the clinical assessment and monitoring of these patients often pays insufficient attention to their psychological aspects alongside their neurological issues. The present study aims to describe the distribution of psychopathologies and their clinical evolution over 18 months in a sample of children followed up since the onset of their epilepsy. METHODS: After being diagnosed with epilepsy, 49 subjects (age 4-18y) were followed up with psychiatric and psychological assessments based on the use of dimensional and categorical psychometric tools...
April 20, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425415/drug-induced-liver-injury-at-a-tertiary-hospital-in-india-etiology-clinical-features-and-predictors-of-mortality
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Chetan Rathi, Nirav Pipaliya, Ruchir Patel, Meghraj Ingle, Aniruddha Phadke, Prabha Sawant
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is rare; however, it is one of the important causes of acute liver failure which results in significant morbidity or mortality. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients with suspected DILI were enrolled based on predefined criteria and followed up for at least 6 months or until normalization of liver tests. Causality assessment was done by applying the Roussel Uclaf Causality Assessment Method model. RESULTS: We collected data from 82 individuals diagnosed with DILI at our hospital from 2014 through 2015 (41 men; median age, 38 years)...
May 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425236/predictors-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-childhood-epilepsy-and-comparison-with-healthy-children-findings-from-an-indian-study
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Dipika Bansal, Chandrika Azad, Kapil Gudala, Anil Dasari
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children with epilepsy have reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) due to disease and medications. We aimed to assess child-reported HRQOL in Indian children with epilepsy and compare it with that in healthy children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 256 children with epilepsy aged between 5 and 18 years on antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment for at least 3 months was performed and 125 age and sex matched healthy children were included...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424947/neurodevelopmental-effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs
#19
Marissa Kellogg, Kimford J Meador
Increasing evidence suggests that exposure to certain antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during critical periods of development may induce transient or long-lasting neurodevelopmental deficits across cognitive, motor and behavioral domains. The developing nervous system may endure prolonged chronic exposure to AEDs during pregnancy (in utero) or during childhood, which can lead to neurodevelopmental defects such as congenital neural tube defects, lower IQ, language deficits, autism and ADHD. To date, valproate is the most widely recognized AED to significantly negatively affect neurodevelopment, and demonstrates greater adverse effects than any other AEDs that have been assessed...
April 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423368/the-effects-of-herbal-medicine-on-epilepsy
#20
REVIEW
Wei Liu, Tongtong Ge, Zhenxiang Pan, Yashu Leng, Jiayin Lv, Bingjin Li
Traditional herbal medicine plays a significant role in the treatment of epilepsy. Though herbal medicine is widely used in antiepileptic treatment, there is a lack of robust evidence for efficacy and toxicity of most herbs. Besides, the herbal medicine should be subject to evidence-based scrutiny. In this context, we present a review to introduce the effects of herbal medicine on epilepsy. However, hundreds of herbal medicines have been investigated in the available studies. Some commonly used herbal medicines for epilepsy have been listed in our study...
April 3, 2017: Oncotarget
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