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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733343/profile-of-neonatal-epilepsies-characteristics-of-a-prospective-us-cohort
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Renée A Shellhaas, Courtney J Wusthoff, Tammy N Tsuchida, Hannah C Glass, Catherine J Chu, Shavonne L Massey, Janet S Soul, Natrujee Wiwattanadittakun, Nicholas S Abend, Maria Roberta Cilio
OBJECTIVE: Although individual neonatal epilepsy syndromes are rare, as a group they represent a sizable subgroup of neonatal seizure etiologies. We evaluated the profile of neonatal epilepsies in a prospective cohort of newborns with seizures. METHODS: Consecutive newborns with seizures were enrolled in the Neonatal Seizure Registry (an association of 7 US children's hospitals). Treatment and diagnostic testing were at the clinicians' discretion. Neonates with seizures related to epileptic encephalopathies (without structural brain abnormalities), brain malformations, or benign familial epilepsies were included in this analysis...
July 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733342/early-genetic-testing-for-neonatal-epilepsy-when-why-and-how
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Edward J Novotny
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July 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728838/kcnq2-encephalopathy-a-case-due-to-a-de-novo-deletion
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Carlotta Spagnoli, Grazia Gabriella Salerno, Alessandro Iodice, Daniele Frattini, Francesco Pisani, Carlo Fusco
KCNQ2 encephalopathy is characterized by severely abnormal EEG, neonatal-onset epilepsy and developmental delay. It is caused by mutations (typically missense) in the KCNQ2 gene, encoding the voltage gated potassium channel Kv7.2 and leading to a negative-dominant effect. We present one case experiencing recurrent neonatal seizures with changing hemispheres of origin, reminiscent of epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures. At 9months of age the patient is still seizure-free on carbamazepine, although he is developing a spastic-dystonic tetraplegia with severe dysphagia...
July 17, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711742/microcephaly-with-simplified-gyral-pattern-epilepsy-and-permanent-neonatal-diabetes-syndrome-meds-a-new-patient-and-review-of-the-literature
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Irene Valenzuela, Susana Boronat, Elena Martínez-Sáez, María Clemente, Ángel Sánchez-Montañez, Francina Munell, Antonio Carrascosa, Alfons Macaya
Microcephaly with simplified gyration, epilepsy and permanent neonatal diabetes syndrome (MEDS) is a recently described, autosomal recessive-inherited syndrome. We report the case of an infant presenting with lethargy at age five weeks and clinical findings of persistent hyperglycaemia and microcephaly with simplified gyration, suggestive of MEDS. The diagnosis was confirmed by the detection of a known c.233 T > C mutation in the IER3IP1 gene. Only eight cases of MEDS have been reported in the literature...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698725/plasma-pyridoxal-5%C3%A1-phosphate-level-in-children-with-intractable-and-controlled-epilepsy
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Zahra Pirzadeh, Mohammad Ghofrani, Mohsen Mollamohammadi
OBJECTIVE: Intractable epilepsy is a serious neurologic problem with different etiologies. Decreased levels of pyridoxal phosphate in cerebral spinal fluid of patients with intractable epilepsy due to pyridoxine dependency epilepsy are reported. The aim of this study was to compare plasma pyridoxal 5´-phosphate level in patients with intractable and controlled epilepsy. MATERIALS & METHODS: This cross- sectional analytic study included 66 epileptic children, 33 patients with controlled and 33 patients with intractable epilepsy, after neonatal period up to 15 yr old of age...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691158/anticonvulsant-effect-of-cannabinoid-receptor-agonists-in-models-of-seizures-in-developing-rats
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Megan N Huizenga, Evan Wicker, Veronica C Beck, Patrick A Forcelli
OBJECTIVE: Although drugs targeting the cannabinoid system (e.g., CB1 receptor agonists) display anticonvulsant efficacy in adult animal models of seizures/epilepsy, they remain unexplored in developing animal models. However, cannabinoid system functions emerge early in development, providing a rationale for targeting this system in neonates. We examined the therapeutic potential of drugs targeting the cannabinoid system in three seizure models in developing rats. METHODS: Postnatal day (P) 10, Sprague-Dawley rat pups were challenged with the chemoconvulsant methyl-6,7-dimethoxy-4-ethyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxylate (DMCM) or pentylenetetrazole (PTZ), after treatment with either CB1/2 mixed agonist (WIN 55,212-2), CB1 agonist (arachidonyl-2'-chloroethylamide [ACEA]), CB2 agonist (HU-308), CB1 antagonist (AM-251), CB2 antagonist (AM-630), fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor (URB-597), or G protein-coupled receptor 55 agonist (O-1602)...
July 10, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687180/a-patient-with-early-myoclonic-encephalopathy-eme-with-a-de-novo-kcnq2-mutation
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Karin Kojima, Kentaro Shirai, Mizuki Kobayashi, Akihiko Miyauchi, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hitoshi Osaka, Takanori Yamagata
BACKGROUND: The potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily Q member 2 (KCNQ2) gene has been reported to be associated with various types of epilepsy, including benign familial neonatal seizure (BFNS), early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE), and unclassified early onset encephalopathies. We herein report a patient with early myoclonic encephalopathy (EME) caused by a KCNQ2 mutation. CASE REPORT: A male infant started to exhibit erratic myoclonus several days after birth and apnea attacks lasting for seconds with desaturation...
July 4, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686619/rare-variants-of-small-effect-size-in-neuronal-excitability-genes-influence-clinical-outcome-in-japanese-cases-of-scn1a-truncation-positive-dravet-syndrome
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Michael F Hammer, Atsushi Ishii, Laurel Johnstone, Alexander Tchourbanov, Branden Lau, Ryan Sprissler, Brian Hallmark, Miao Zhang, Jin Zhou, Joseph Watkins, Shinichi Hirose
Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare, devastating form of childhood epilepsy that is often associated with mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel gene, SCN1A. There is considerable variability in expressivity within families, as well as among individuals carrying the same primary mutation, suggesting that clinical outcome is modulated by variants at other genes. To identify modifier gene variants that contribute to clinical outcome, we sequenced the exomes of 22 individuals at both ends of a phenotype distribution (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675557/neurobehavioral-comorbidities-of-epilepsy-role-of-inflammation
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Andrey M Mazarati, Megan L Lewis, Quentin J Pittman
Epilepsy is associated with a high incidence of comorbid neurologic and psychiatric disorders. This review focuses on the association of epilepsy with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and depression. There is high concordance of these behavioral pathologies with epilepsy. We review data that unambiguously reveal that epilepsy, ASD, and depression are associated with elevated brain inflammatory markers and that these may interact with serotoninergic pathways. Interference with inflammatory pathways or actions can reduce the severity of seizures, depression, and ASD-like behavior...
July 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673551/analyses-of-slc13a5-epilepsy-patients-reveal-perturbations-of-tca-cycle
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Matthew N Bainbridge, Erin Cooney, Marcus Miller, Adam D Kennedy, Jacob E Wulff, Taraka Donti, Shalini N Jhangiani, Richard A Gibbs, Sarah H Elsea, Brenda E Porter, Brett H Graham
OBJECTIVE: To interrogate the metabolic profile of five subjects from three families with rare, nonsense and missense mutations in SLC13A5 and Early Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathies (EIEE) characterized by severe, neonatal onset seizures, psychomotor retardation and global developmental delay. METHODS: Mass spectrometry of plasma, CSF and urine was used to identify consistently dysregulated analytes in our subjects. RESULTS: Distinctive elevations of citrate and dysregulation of citric acid cycle intermediates, supporting the hypothesis that loss of SLC13A5 function alters tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA) metabolism and may disrupt metabolic compartmentation in the brain...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672292/association-between-pregnancy-and-perinatal-outcomes-among-women-with-epilepsy
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Neda Razaz, Torbjörn Tomson, Anna-Karin Wikström, Sven Cnattingius
Importance: To date, few attempts have been made to examine associations between exposure to maternal epilepsy with or without antiepileptic drug (AED) therapy and pregnancy and perinatal outcomes. Objectives: To investigate associations between epilepsy in pregnancy and risks of pregnancy and perinatal outcomes as well as whether use of AEDs influenced risks. Design, Setting, and Participants: A population-based cohort study was conducted on all singleton births at 22 or more completed gestational weeks in Sweden from 1997 through 2011; of these, 1 424 279 were included in the sample...
July 3, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666500/permanent-neonatal-diabetes-dend-syndrome
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Sabeen Abid Khan, Arit Parkash, Mohsina Ibrahim
DEND syndrome is a very rare syndrome of permanent neonatal diabetes mellitus, with an incidence of < 1/1000,000. It is defined as a triad of developmental delay, epilepsy, and neonatal diabetes. We report the case of a 9-month infant girl who presented with the most severe form of neonatal diabetes mellitus spectrum along with developmental delay and epilepsy. Genetic mutation testing confirmed mutations in KCNJ11 gene encoding the Kir6.2 subunit of the K-ATPchannel, which are involved in insulin secretion...
November 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623069/neonatal-hypoglycemia-a-wide-range-of-electroclinical-manifestations-and-seizure-outcomes
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Ebru Arhan, Zeynep Öztürk, Ayşe Serdaroğlu, Kürşad Aydın, Tuğba Hirfanoğlu, Yılmaz Akbaş
PURPOSE: We examined the various types of epilepsy in children with neonatal hypoglycemia in order to define electroclinical and prognostic features of these patients. METHOD: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients with a history of symptomatic neonatal hypoglycaemia who have been followed at Gazi University Hospital Pediatric Neurology Department between 2006 and 2015. Patients with perinatal asphyxia were excluded. Details of each patient's perinatal history, neurological outcome, epilepsy details, seizure outcome and EEG and brain MRI findings were reviewed...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619364/outcome-of-arterial-ischemic-stroke-in-children-with-heart-disease
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María Vázquez López, Pedro de Castro de Castro, Estibaliz Barredo Valderrama, Ma Concepción Miranda Herrero, Nuria Gil Villanueva, Andrés J Alcaraz Romero, Samuel I Pascual Pascual
Arterial ischemic strokes (AIS) are rare in childhood. Congenital and acquired heart diseases are one of the most important risk factors of AIS in children. OBJECTIVE: Study the outcome of children with heart disease that have suffered AIS and the factors that influence on prognosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We evaluated all children with heart disease who had suffered AIS between 2000 and 2014 in our hospital. RESULTS: Seventy-four children with heart disease suffered an arterial ischemic stroke...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605362/recording-eeg-in-freely-moving-neonatal-rats-using-a-novel-method
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Qing-Wei Huo, Sidra Tabassum, Afzal Ali Misrani, Cheng Long
EEG is a useful method to detect electrical activity in the brain. Moreover, it is a widely used diagnostic tool for various neurological conditions, such as epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders. However, it is technically difficult to obtain EEG recordings in neonates as it requires specialized handling and great care. Here, we present a novel method to record EEG in neonatal rat pups (P8-P15). We designed a simple and reliable electrode using computer pin loci; it can be easily implanted into the skull of a rat pup to record high-quality EEG signals in the normal and epileptic brain...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602030/variable-expressivity-of-a-likely-pathogenic-variant-in-kcnq2-in-a-three-generation-pedigree-presenting-with-intellectual-disability-with-childhood-onset-seizures
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Stacy Hewson, Klajdi Puka, Saadet Mercimek-Mahmutoglu
KCNQ2 has been reported as a frequent cause of autosomal dominant benign familial neonatal seizures. De novo likely pathogenic variants in KCNQ2 have been described in neonatal or early infantile onset epileptic encephalopathy patients. Here, we report a three-generation family with six affected patients with a novel likely pathogenic variant (c.628C>T; p.Arg210Cys) in KCNQ2. Four family members, three adults and a child, presented with a childhood seizure onset with variability in the severity of seizures and response to treatment, intellectual disability (ID) as well as behavioral problems...
June 11, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595534/a-review-of-levetiracetam-in-neonates
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Amit Agrawal, Anita Banergee
BACKGROUND: Neonatal seizures are the most common clinical manifestation of central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction and are associated with various neurological sequelae. There are currently no evidence-based guidelines for the management of neonatal seizures and currently used drugs such as phenobarbital, and phenytoin have limited efficacy and potential toxicities. Newer second line anticonvulsant, levetiracetam, has been used in refractory neonatal seizures despite limited data and off-label use...
June 6, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593892/neonatal-hypoglycemia-risk-factors-and-outcomes
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Orhideja Stomnaroska, Elizabeta Petkovska, Snezana Jancevska, Dragan Danilovski
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Severe neonatal hypoglycemia (HG) leads to neurologic damage, mental retardation, epilepsy, personality disorders, impaired cardiac performance and muscle weakness. We aimed to assess the clinical characteristics of children with hypoglycemia in a random population of newborns. PATIENTS, METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated 84 patients (M:F=35:48) born at the University Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics in Skopje (hospitalized in the NICU) who were found to have hypoglycemia...
March 1, 2017: Prilozi (Makedonska Akademija Na Naukite i Umetnostite. Oddelenie za Medicinski Nauki)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591672/global-variation-in-pregnancy-complications-in-women-with-epilepsy-a-meta-analysis
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John Allotey, David Aroyo-Manzano, Patricia Lopez, Luz Viale, Javier Zamora, Shakila Thangaratinam
OBJECTIVE: Women with epilepsy are at risk of pregnancy complications. Whether these vary globally is unknown. We undertook a systematic review to assess the overall rates of obstetric outcomes in women with epilepsy, and variations in estimates across geographical region, economic status of country, and over time. STUDY DESIGN: We searched Medline, Embase, Cochrane, AMED and CINAHL, (January 1, 1990 and November 29, 2016), without any language restrictions for studies reporting core maternal and fetal outcomes in women with epilepsy...
May 30, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575529/abnormal-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-neurotransmission-in-a-kcnq2-model-of-early-onset-epilepsy
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Taku Uchida, Christoph Lossin, Yukiko Ihara, Masanobu Deshimaru, Yuchio Yanagawa, Susumu Koyama, Shinichi Hirose
OBJECTIVE: Mutations of the KCNQ2 gene, which encodes the Kv 7.2 subunit of voltage-gated M-type potassium channels, have been associated with epilepsy in the neonatal period. This developmental stage is unique in that the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is inhibitory in adults, triggers excitatory action due to a reversed chloride gradient. METHODS: To examine whether KCNQ2-related neuronal hyperexcitability involves neonatally excitatory GABA, we examined 1-week-old knockin mice expressing the Kv 7...
June 2, 2017: Epilepsia
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