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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399506/timing-and-type-of-hemispherectomy-for-rasmussen-s-encephalitis-analysis-of-45-patients
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Yuguang Guan, Sichang Chen, Changqing Liu, Xiuyu Du, Yao Zhang, Shuai Chen, Jie Wang, Tianfu Li, Guoming Luan
OBJECTIVE: To describe the surgery outcomes of RE patients in one centerto identify the indication for surgical treatment that results in the most favorable outcome. METHOD: Forty-five RE patients from a single center were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative evaluations included assessments of clinical manifestations, cognitive status, a physical examination, MRI, positron emission tomography (PET), electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetoencephalography (MEG)...
March 22, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378057/tolerability-of-new-antiepileptic-drugs-a-network-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Gaetano Zaccara, Fabio Giovannelli, Filippo Sean Giorgi, Valentina Franco, Sara Gasparini, Umberto Benedetto
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to perform a comparative assessment of tolerability of all licensed new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) through a network meta-analysis (NMA) including all placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trials (RCTs) in all conditions in which these drugs have been tested. METHODS: NMA with a frequentist approach was used to compare proportions of patients withdrawing because of adverse events (AEs). Analyses were conducted for all therapeutic doses pooled and specifically for high therapeutic doses...
April 4, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332798/discontinuation-of-antiepileptic-drugs-in-seizure-free-patients-when-and-how
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Morten I Lossius, Kristin Å Alfstad, Kari M Aaberg, Karl O Nakken
In seizure-free patients with epilepsy, the question of whether, and if so when, it is acceptable to withdraw treatment may be difficult to answer. A thorough risk-benefit assessment should be undertaken with the patient and next of kin, during which the consequences of a relapse must be weighed against the disadvantages of continued administration of the drug. As a main rule, adult patients should have been seizure-free for at least two years before discontinuation is considered. In children with epilepsy with a known good prognosis, discontinuation may be considered even earlier...
March 2017: Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening: Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Række
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281491/status-epilepticus-refractory-and-super-refractory
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REVIEW
Deepanshu Dubey, Jayantee Kalita, Usha K Misra
Status epilepticus (SE) is an important neurological emergency. It is defined as seizures lasting for 5 minutes or more or recurrent seizures without recovery of consciousness to baseline between the attacks. Refractory SE (RSE) is defined as SE persisting despite sufficient dose of benzodiazepines and at least one antiepileptic drug (AED), irrespective of time. Super refractory SE (SRSE) is defined as SE that continues for 24 hours or more after the use of anesthetic therapy, including cases that recur on weaning of the anesthestic agent...
2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277442/divergence-palsy-due-to-divalproex-and-oxcarbazepine
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Marc Albert Bouffard, Louis R Caplan, Nurhan Torun
OBJECTIVE: This case series is the first to describe divergence palsy as an adverse effect of antiepileptic drug use. Diplopia is a common adverse effect of antiepileptic drugs, but no explanatory motility deficit has ever been reported. METHODS: We present 2 patients, 1 on oxcarbazepine and 1 on divalproex, each with a normal examination result between spells and divergency palsy when symptomatic. RESULTS: Discontinuation of the antiepileptic medication led to resolution of the episodes in both cases...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240353/carbamazepine-versus-phenytoin-monotherapy-for-epilepsy-an-individual-participant-data-review
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REVIEW
Sarah J Nevitt, Anthony G Marson, Jennifer Weston, Catrin Tudur Smith
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane Review published in Issue 2, 2002 and its subsequent updates in 2010 and 2015.Epilepsy is a common neurological condition in which recurrent, unprovoked seizures are caused by abnormal electrical discharges from the brain. It is believed that with effective drug treatment, up to 70% of individuals with active epilepsy have the potential to become seizure-free and go into long-term remission shortly after starting drug therapy with a single antiepileptic drug in monotherapy...
February 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223849/review-about-gabapentin-misuse-interactions-contraindications-and-side-effects
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REVIEW
Gabriel C Quintero
The current work is targeted to review the risks of gabapentin misuse, its potential interactions with other drugs, side effects and use contraindications. This review consists of a total of 99 biographical references (from the year 1983 to 2016). A publication search of PubMed was performed from January 1983 to December 2016. It included animal studies, clinical studies, case studies and reviews related to gabapentin misuse, potential interactions, side effects and use contraindications. The search terms were gabapentin, anticonvulsant and antiepileptic...
2017: Journal of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169412/-reversible-alterations-in-the-neuroimages-associated-with-vigabatrine-treatment-in-infants-with-epileptic-spasms
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M A Fernandez-Garcia, J J Garcia-Penas, H Gomez-Martin, I Perez-Sebastian, E Garcia-Esparza, S Sirvent-Cerda
INTRODUCTION: Vigabatrin (VGB) is a first-line drug for the treatment of infantile spasms. Recently, several reports claim the existence of abnormalities in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (particularly affecting basal ganglia, and visible in T2 and diffusion sequences) in infants with spasms that were receiving high doses of VGB (> 100 mg/kg/day), which appear to be reversible after withdrawal of treatment. CASE REPORTS: We present two cases with an epileptic encephalopathy in the first year of life and seizures consisting of infantile spasms...
February 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142130/the-relationship-of-seizure-focus-with-depression-anxiety-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-children-and-adolescents-with-epilepsy
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William A Schraegle, Jeffrey B Titus
For youth with epilepsy, comorbid psychiatric conditions, such as depression and anxiety, require further examination as they carry increased risk for reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The current study assessed whether rates of depression, anxiety, and withdrawal behaviors differed based on seizure location. Data included parental ratings on the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC-2) and the Quality of Life in Childhood Epilepsy (QOLCE) questionnaire for 132 children and adolescents (mean age=11...
January 28, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045473/gabapentin-for-fibromyalgia-pain-in-adults
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REVIEW
Tess E Cooper, Sheena Derry, Philip J Wiffen, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: This review replaces part of an earlier review that evaluated gabapentin for both neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia, now split into separate reviews for the two conditions. This review will consider pain in fibromyalgia only.Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread pain lasting longer than three months, and is frequently associated with symptoms such as poor sleep, fatigue, depression, and reduced quality of life. Fibromyalgia is more common in women.Gabapentin is an antiepileptic drug widely licensed for treatment of neuropathic pain...
January 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042995/can-electroencephalograms-provide-guidance-for-the-withdrawal-of-antiepileptic-drugs-a-meta-analysis
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Liwei Tang, Zheng Xiao
OBJECTIVE: The discontinuation of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) is an important treatment decision for epilepsy patients who have been seizure-free for 2years or longer. Some patients experience seizures relapse after AED withdrawal. The prognostic value of electroencephalograms (EEGs) for seizure relapse following AED withdrawal is controversial. To our knowledge, this is the first meta-analysis to address whether EEG data can be used to guide the discontinuation of AEDs. METHOD: We performed a meta-analysis of cohort studies that reported original EEG data from before AED withdrawal and recurrence after AED-withdrawal...
February 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976799/carbamazepine-versus-phenobarbitone-monotherapy-for-epilepsy-an-individual-participant-data-review
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REVIEW
Sarah J Nolan, Anthony G Marson, Jennifer Weston, Catrin Tudur Smith
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane Review, first published in Issue 1, 2003 and updated in 2015. This review is one in a series of Cochrane Reviews investigating pair-wise monotherapy comparisons.Epilepsy is a common neurological condition in which abnormal electrical discharges from the brain cause recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is believed that with effective drug treatment, up to 70% of individuals with active epilepsy have the potential to become seizure-free and go into long-term remission shortly after starting drug therapy with a single antiepileptic drug in monotherapy...
December 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935032/prognostic-analysis-of-patients-with-epilepsy-according-to-time-of-relapse-after-withdrawal-of-antiepileptic-drugs-following-four-seizure-free-years
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Soochul Park, Dong Hyun Lee, Seung Woo Kim, Yun Ho Roh
OBJECTIVE: We performed a retrospective, prognostic analysis of a cohort of patients with epilepsy according to time of relapse after four seizure-free years. METHODS: Planned withdrawal of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and at least 3 years of follow-up after AED discontinuation were performed. The following two groups were assessed: (1) an early relapse (ER) group of patients who experienced recurrence during AED withdrawal and (2) a late relapse (LR) group of patients who experienced recurrence after completion of the AED discontinuation process...
January 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922722/topiramate-versus-carbamazepine-monotherapy-for-epilepsy-an-individual-participant-data-review
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REVIEW
Sarah J Nolan, Maria Sudell, Catrin Tudur Smith, Anthony G Marson
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common neurological condition in which abnormal electrical discharges from the brain cause recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is believed that with effective drug treatment, up to 70% of individuals with active epilepsy have the potential to become seizure-free and go into long-term remission shortly after starting drug therapy, the majority of which may be able to achieve remission with a single antiepileptic drug (AED).The correct choice of first-line antiepileptic therapy for individuals with newly diagnosed seizures is of great importance...
December 6, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920535/prevalence-of-alcohol-use-disorders-and-associated-factors-among-people-with-epilepsy-attending-amanuel-mental-specialized-hospital-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Tsegereda Waja, Jemal Ebrahim, Zegeye Yohannis, Asres Bedaso
INTRODUCTION: Alcohol use disorders represent one of the leading causes of preventable death, illness, and injury in many societies throughout the world. Heavy alcohol consumption has multiple negative consequences for people with epilepsy such as precipitation of seizure, exacerbation of seizure, poor seizure control, increased side effects of antiepileptic drugs, noncompliance to antiepileptic drugs, alcohol withdrawal seizures, long-term hospital admission, status epilepticus, sudden unexpected death, and premature mortality...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860117/development-of-a-core-outcome-set-for-epilepsy-in-pregnancy-e-core-a-national-multi-stakeholder-modified-delphi-consensus-study
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B H Al Wattar, K Tamilselvan, R Khan, A Kelso, A Sinha, A M Pirie, D McCorry, K S Khan, S Thangaratinam
OBJECTIVE: To develop a set of core outcomes for studies on pregnant women with epilepsy. DESIGN: Delphi consensus study. POPULATION: Healthcare professionals, and patient representatives with lived experience of epilepsy in the UK. METHODS: We used a modified Delphi method and a consultation meeting to achieve consensus. Potential outcomes were identified by systematic review, and were scored using a Likert scale anchored between 1 (least important) and 5 (most important)...
November 16, 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845825/withdrawn-oxcarbazepine-add-on-for-drug-resistant-partial-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Sergio M Castillo, Dieter B Schmidt, Sarah White, Arif Shukralla
BACKGROUND: Most people with epilepsy have a good prognosis and their seizures can be well controlled with the use of a single antiepileptic drug, but up to 30% develop refractory epilepsy, especially those with partial seizures. In this review we summarize the current evidence regarding oxcarbazepine when used as an add-on treatment for drug-resistant partial epilepsy. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of oxcarbazepine when used as an add-on treatment for drug-resistant partial epilepsy...
November 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818367/varied-responses-to-benzodiazepine-treatment-in-cephalosporin-related-generalized-periodic-discharges
#18
Hung-Yu Liu, Chien-Chen Chou, Der-Jen Yen, Hsiang-Yu Yu
Although benzodiazepines (BZDs) are used as the first-line treatment for status epilepticus, previous studies have shown inconsistent responses to BZDs in patients with cephalosporin-related non-convulsive status epilepticus. In this study, we investigated nine patients with cephalosporin-related impaired consciousness and their EEGs all showed generalized periodic discharges (GPDs). One of the patients received repetitive BZD injections without discontinuing cephalosporins, and neither his clinical symptoms nor GPDs on EEG responded to BZDs...
December 1, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807736/-analgesic-drugs-during-pregnancy
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S Hultzsch, C Schaefer
Some important limitations must be taken into consideration for analgesic therapy during pregnancy. Paracetamol is the agent of choice for mild to moderate pain in any stage of pregnancy. Ibuprofen is the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) of choice; however, these substances are contraindicated after 28 weeks of gestation due to the increasing risk of premature closure of the ductus arteriosus and impairment of fetal kidney function. Even opioids can be used for severe pain but peripartum administration can lead to neonatal respiratory depression and adaptation disorders and long-term therapy up to the end of pregnancy can lead to neonatal withdrawal symptoms...
December 2016: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779771/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-antiepileptic-drugs-in-patients-with-focal-epilepsy-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
Marília Silveira de Almeida Campos, Lorena Rocha Ayres, Manuela Roque Siane Morelo, Fabiana Angelo Marques, Leonardo Régis Leira Pereira
Several newer antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have been introduced into clinical practice, offering choices for individualizing the treatment of epilepsy since AEDs have different efficacy and tolerability profiles. In particular, questions exist regarding which AEDs are the best options for the monotherapy of focal epilepsy. Is carbamazepine (CBZ), which is considered the standard treatment for focal epilepsy, still the best option for monotherapy of focal epilepsy, despite the emergence of new AEDs? In this systematic review, we compared the relative tolerability of all available AEDs for monotherapy of all types of epilepsy as well as their efficacy in the monotherapy of focal epilepsy...
December 2016: Pharmacotherapy
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