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Refractory Bipolar

Anne Duffy, Paul Grof
INTRODUCTION: There is a resurgence of interest in lithium treatment of bipolar disorders in part related to its unique anti-suicidal and neuroprotective effects. METHODS: This is a narrative review of key studies pertaining to the effectiveness and tolerability of lithium treatment in pediatric populations. RESULTS: Evidence supports that lithium is an effective and generally well-tolerated acute treatment for pediatric mania compared to placebo...
February 28, 2018: Pharmacopsychiatry
Ana María Ramírez-Giraldo, Diana Restrepo
INTRODUCTION: Bipolar disorder is a chronic and recurrent mood disease that includes symptoms that fluctuate from euphoria to depression. As a mood disorder, itis one of the main contraindications for transplantation procedures. The case is presented of a patient with bipolar disorder who had a heart transplant after a cardiac arrest. Heart transplantation is the treatment of choice in patients with heart failure and arrhythmias that do not respond to conventional treatment. METHODS: Case report and narrative review of literature...
January 2018: Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
T Parmentier, P Sienaert
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of treatment options for bipolar depression. The use of triiodothyronine (T3) has been suggested as adjunctive treatment. METHODS: A search on Medline, Limo and ScienceDirect was performed using the search terms bipolar disorder, bipolar depression, treatment resistant, treatment refractory, thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine, T3, acceleration and augmentation. RESULTS: We retrieved three open studies, one comparative study, two double blind and one retrospective chart review...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Dong Huang, Jing-Bo Li, Tarek Zghaib, Esra Gucuk Ipek, Muhammad Balouch, David D Spragg, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Harikrishna Tandri, Sunil K Sinha, Joseph E Marine, Ronald D Berger, Hugh Calkins, Saman Nazarian
BACKGROUND: The extent of left atrial (LA) baseline low-voltage areas (LVA-B), which may be a surrogate for fibrosis, is associated with recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation. This study aimed to assess the relationship between the extent of LVA-B isolated by ablation (LVA-I) and AF recurrence. METHODS: The study cohort included 159 consecutive patients with drug-refractory AF who underwent an initial AF ablation with LA voltage mapping during sinus rhythm...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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
Ekaterina Stepanova, Robert L Findling
Bipolar disorder is a debilitating illness that often leads to functional impairment when untreated. Monotherapy with mood stabilizers is preferable, although combination therapy may be necessary in refractory cases. Most studies focus on the use of lithium, anticonvulsants, and second-generation antipsychotics in the treatment of acute manic or depressive phases, as well as maintaining adequate response after the episode. More research is needed in the area of psychopharmacology of pediatric bipolar disorder to bridge the gap between clinical needs and the available data...
December 2017: Pediatric Clinics of North America
Weiwei Ai, Nitish Patel, Partha Roop, Avinash Malik, Nathan Allen, Mark L Trew
Virtual heart models have been proposed to enhance the safety of implantable cardiac devices through closed loop validation. To communicate with a virtual heart, devices have been driven by cardiac signals at specific sites. As a result, only the action potentials of these sites are sensed. However, the real device implanted in the heart will sense a complex combination of near and far-field extracellular potential signals. Therefore many device functions, such as blanking periods and refractory periods, are designed to handle these unexpected signals...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Artur Baszko, Mateusz Klaczynski, Piotr Kalmucki, Wojciech Telec, Andrzej Szyszka
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August 4, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Suran K Galappaththige, Richard A Gray, Bradley J Roth
Unipolar stimulation of cardiac tissue is often used in the design of cardiac pacemakers because of the low current required to depolarize the surrounding tissue at rest. However, the advantages of unipolar over bipolar stimulation are not obvious at shorter coupling intervals when the tissue near the pacing electrode is relatively refractory. Therefore, this paper analyzes bipolar stimulation of cardiac tissue. The strength-interval relationship for bipolar stimulation is calculated using the bidomain model and a recently developed parsimonious ionic current model...
September 2017: Chaos
Janet Kovak Mcclaran, Philippa Pavia, Anthony J Fischetti, Taryn A Donovan
Laparoscopic partial pancreatectomy has been performed in experimental canine studies and has been evaluated in human medicine but has not been reported in a clinical veterinary case. The authors present a 9 yr old field spaniel with weakness and hypoglycemia with insulin levels and Amended Insulin: Glucose Ratio results equivocal for a pancreatic insulinoma. Multiple abdominal ultrasounds did not detect the tumor, yet dual-phase computed tomographic angiography revealed the presence of a focal hypoattenuating nodule in the left lobe of the pancreas...
September 11, 2017: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Roberto Costa, Katia Regina da Silva, Martino Martinelli Filho, Roger Carrillo
BACKGROUND: Few studies have characterized the surgical outcomes following epicardial pacemaker implantation in neonates with congenital complete atrioventricular block (CCAVB). OBJECTIVE: This study sought to assess the long-term outcomes of a minimally invasive epicardial approach using a subxiphoid access for pacemaker implantation in neonates. METHODS: Between July 2002 and February 2015, 16 consecutive neonates underwent epicardial pacemaker implantation due to CCAVB...
October 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Demitri Papolos, Mark Frei, Daniel Rossignol, Steven Mattis, Laura C Hernandez-Garcia, Martin H Teicher
OBJECTIVES: Fear of Harm (FOH) is a pediatric onset phenotype of bipolar disorder (BD) characterized by BD plus treatment resistance, separation anxiety, aggressive obsessions, parasomnias, and thermal dysregulation. Intranasal ketamine (InK) in 12 youths with BD-FOH produced marked improvement during a two-week trial. Here we report on the open effectiveness and safety of InK in maintenance treatment of BD-FOH from the private practice of one author. METHODS: As part of a chart review, patients 18 years or older and parents of younger children responded to a clinical effectiveness and safety survey...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Tamonud Modak, Saurabh Kumar, Arghya Pal, Rishab Gupta, Raman Deep Pattanayak, Sudhir Kumar Khandelwal
A 22-year-old male diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder presented to us with a 3(rd) episode mania resistant to both olanzapine and haloperidol as well as electroconvulsive therapy. He, however, responded to chlorpromazine (CPZ) which was also effective as a mood stabilizer. The patient had a relapse of his illness when CPZ was stopped and responded again when it was started. The case demonstrates that CPZ may have a role in as both an anti-manic agent and for the maintenance for bipolar disorders. The possible underlying mechanism for this role is also discussed...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
William A Schraegle, Jeffrey B Titus
Children and adolescents with epilepsy often show higher rates of anxiety, which carries an increased risk for reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The current study assessed the role of parental psychiatric history (i.e., anxiety, depression, and/or bipolar disorder) on the rate of anxiety features in youth seen in a tertiary epilepsy clinic. Data included parental ratings on the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC-2) and the Quality of Life in Childhood Epilepsy (QOLCE) questionnaire for 180 children and adolescents (mean age=11...
August 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Arthur Cukiert, Cristine Mella Cukiert, Jose Augusto Burattini, Pedro Paulo Mariani, Daniela Fontes Bezerra
OBJECTIVE: We designed a prospective, randomized, controlled, double-blind study to evaluate the efficacy of hippocampal deep brain stimulation (Hip-DBS) in patients with refractory temporary lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS: Sixteen adult patients with refractory TLE were studied. Patient's workup included medical history, interictal and ictal electroencephalography (EEG), and high-resolution 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Patients were randomized on a 1:1 proportion to an active (stimulation on) or to a control (no stimulation) arm...
October 2017: Epilepsia
Isabelle E Bauer, Jair C Soares, Salih Selek, Thomas D Meyer
Treatment refractoriness remains one of the biggest challenges in the field of bipolar disorder (BD) as treatments are often suboptimal or unsatisfactory. Recent evidence points towards a potential link between the progressively evolving nature of BD, increased inflammation, and reduced treatment response. There are several medications and other somatic treatments available, but remission rates are low, and medication compliance is still problematic. Psychotherapeutic techniques appear to be promising in several disease states and in relapse prevention, but additional research is needed to determine who will benefit from what strategy the most...
2017: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry
Tanida Brown, Wanda Shao, Shehzad Ayub, David Chong, Christian Cornelius
N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a psychoactive substance that has been gaining popularity in therapeutic and recreational use. This is a case of a physician who chronically took DMT augmented with phenelzine in an attempt to self-medicate refractory bipolar depression. His presentation of altered mental status, mania, and psychosis is examined in regards to his DMT use. This case discusses DMT, the possible uses of DMT, and the theorized mechanism of DMT in psychosis and treatment of depression, particularly involving its agonist activity at 5-HT1A, 5-HT2A, and 5-HT2C...
September 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
Julia Dehning, Heinz Grunze, Armand Hausmann
BACKGROUND: The optimal duration of antidepressant treatment in bipolar depression appears to be controversial due to a lack of quality evidence, and guideline recommendations are either vague or contradictive. This is especially true for second line treatments such as bupropion that had not been subject to rigourous long term studies in Bipolar Disorder. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 75 year old woman who presented with treatment refractory bipolar depression...
2017: Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health: CP & EMH
Kelly Brogan
Background • This case illustrates the relationship between gut, hormonal, and brain function in that dietary change, mindfulness interventions, and detoxification led to resolution of disabling luteally exacerbated psychiatric symptoms. Summary • A 45-y-old, married, Caucasian female with a history of diagnosed bipolar disorder with psychotic features, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, panic disorder, and repeated occurrence of suicide attempts and self-mutilating behavior presented for outpatient management...
April 2017: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
Jonathan Pindrik, Nguyen Hoang, R Shane Tubbs, Brandon J Rocque, Curtis J Rozzelle
INTRODUCTION: Phase II monitoring with intracranial electroencephalography (ICEEG) occasionally requires bilateral placement of subdural (SD) strips, grids, and/or depth electrodes. While phase I monitoring often demonstrates a preponderance of unilateral findings, individual studies (video EEG, single photon emission computed tomography [SPECT], and positron emission tomography [PET]) can suggest or fail to exclude a contralateral epileptogenic onset zone. This study describes previously unreported techniques of trans-falcine and sub-frontal insertion of contralateral SD grids and depth electrodes for phase II monitoring in pediatric epilepsy surgery patients when concern about bilateral abnormalities has been elicited during phase I monitoring...
August 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
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