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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324955/identifying-important-regions-in-eeg-epilepsy-brain-networks
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Nantia D Iakovidou, Manolis Christodoulakis, Eleftherios S Papathanasiou, Savvas S Papacostas, Georgios D Mitsis
The human brain has been called the most complex object in the known universe and in many ways it constitutes the final frontier of science. Lately, the functional connectivity in human brain has been regarded and studied as a complex network using electroencephalography (EEG) signals. This means that the brain is studied as a connected system, where nodes represent different specialized brain regions and links or connections, represent communication pathways between the nodes. It is also fairly established that graph theory provides a variety of measures, methods and tools that can be useful to efficiently model, analyze and study an EEG network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320152/electrographic-patterns-in-patients-with-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-and-seizures
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Carlos Kamiya-Matsuoka, Sudhakar Tummala
INTRODUCTION: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a neurotoxic encephalopathic state associated with reversible cerebral vasogenic edema. Seizures are a common clinical presentation in PRES, however its electroencephalographic and radiologic pattern correlation is limited in this subset of patients. The aim of this study is to analyze the origin of electrographic dysfunction according to the radiologic pattern in patients with PRES and seizures. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 46 cancer patients who developed PRES and seizures at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center between January 2006 and June 2012...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318732/paroxysmal-events-during-prolonged-video-video-electroencephalography-monitoring-in-refractory-epilepsy
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A Sanabria-Castro, F Henríquez-Varela, C Monge-Bonilla, S Lara-Maier, M Sittenfeld-Appel
INTRODUCTION: Given that epileptic seizures and non-epileptic paroxysmal events have similar clinical manifestations, using specific diagnostic methods is crucial, especially in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Prolonged video electroencephalography monitoring during epileptic seizures reveals epileptiform discharges and has become an essential procedure for epilepsy diagnosis. The main purpose of this study is to characterise paroxysmal events and compare patterns in patients with refractory epilepsy...
March 16, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316319/epileptic-spasms-in-paediatric-post-traumatic-epilepsy-at-a-tertiary-referral-centre
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Jun T Park, Harry T Chugani
To recognize epileptic spasms (ES) as a seizure type after traumatic brain injury (TBI), accidental or non-accidental, in infants and children. In the process, we aim to gain some insight into the mechanisms of epileptogenesis in ES. A retrospective electronic chart review was performed at the Children's Hospital of Michigan from 2002 to 2012. Electronic charts of 321 patients were reviewed for evidence of post-traumatic epilepsy. Various clinical variables were collected including age at TBI, mechanism of trauma, severity of brain injury, electroencephalography/neuroimaging data, and seizure semiology...
March 17, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315806/paroxysmal-nonepileptic-events-in-children-with-epilepsy
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Yuji Ito, Hiroyuki Kidokoro, Tamiko Negoro, Masaharu Tanaka, Yu Okai, Yoko Sakaguchi, Chikako Ogawa, Tomoya Takeuchi, Atsuko Ohno, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nakata, Satoshi Maesawa, Kazuyoshi Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Takahashi, Jun Natsume
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to clarify the characteristics of paroxysmal nonepileptic events (PNEs) suspected as being epileptic seizures by families of children with epilepsy. METHODS: The video-EEG (vEEG) recordings of habitual paroxysmal events in children with epilepsy at Nagoya University Hospital between October 2006 and January 2016 were reviewed. Based on the doctor's suspicion before the vEEG, the PNEs were divided into two groups that included PNEs suspected as epileptic seizures and PNEs suspected as PNEs...
February 27, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315500/relation-between-sexual-dysfunctions-and-epilepsy-type-of-epilepsy-type-of-antiepileptic-drugs-a-prospective-study
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Carlo Pavone, Ninfa Giacalone, Lidia Urso, Leila Zummo, Brigida Fierro
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of sexual dysfunctions in males with epilepsy, the type of epilepsy, the frequency of seizures, the type of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), the serum hormonal profile and the presence of psychiatric comorbidity. METHODS: Sixty-one patients focused on type of epilepsy, frequency of seizures, AEDs, hormonal profile and presence of mood disorders. We excluded all patients with severe neurologic and psychiatric impairment and patient who were not able to fill questionnaires...
March 18, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303256/recurring-functional-interactions-predict-network-architecture-of-interictal-and-ictal-states-in-neocortical-epilepsy
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Ankit N Khambhati, Danielle S Bassett, Brian S Oommen, Stephanie H Chen, Timothy H Lucas, Kathryn A Davis, Brian Litt
Human epilepsy patients suffer from spontaneous seizures, which originate in brain regions that also subserve normal function. Prior studies demonstrate focal, neocortical epilepsy is associated with dysfunction, several hours before seizures. How does the epileptic network perpetuate dysfunction during baseline periods? To address this question, we developed an unsupervised machine learning technique to disentangle patterns of functional interactions between brain regions, or subgraphs, from dynamic functional networks constructed from approximately 100 h of intracranial recordings in each of 22 neocortical epilepsy patients...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294306/the-hemodynamic-response-to-interictal-epileptic-discharges-localizes-the-seizure-onset-zone
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Hui Ming Khoo, Yongfu Hao, Nicolás von Ellenrieder, Natalja Zazubovits, Jeffery Hall, André Olivier, François Dubeau, Jean Gotman
OBJECTIVE: Intracranial electroencephalography (EEG), performed presurgically in patients with drug-resistant and difficult-to-localize focal epilepsy, samples only a small fraction of brain tissue and thus requires strong hypotheses regarding the possible localization of the epileptogenic zone. EEG/fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), a noninvasive tool resulting in hemodynamic responses, could contribute to the generation of these hypotheses. This study assessed how these responses, despite their interictal origin, predict the seizure-onset zone (SOZ)...
March 15, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293474/transition-from-oxcarbazepine-to-eslicarbazepine-acetate-a-single-center-study
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Jussi Mäkinen, Sirpa Rainesalo, Jukka Peltola
OBJECTIVES: There is limited clinical evidence for comparison between oxcarbazepine (OXC) and eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) in terms of tolerability, or how to execute the change from OXC to ESL. We report the process of transitioning patients with focal epilepsy from previous OXC treatment to ESL due to tolerability problems. The rationale for change from OXC is reported, and the outcome with respective to this rationale is analyzed in terms of tolerability and efficacy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The subjects were transitioned overnight from OXC to ESL in a hospital inpatient setting...
March 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293101/new-developments-in-the-management-of-partial-onset-epilepsy-role-of-brivaracetam
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REVIEW
Giangennaro Coppola, Giulia Iapadre, Francesca Felicia Operto, Alberto Verrotti
Currently, a number of novel anticonvulsant drugs, the so-called third generation, are in various stages of development. Several of them are already available or in ongoing clinical trials. These new compounds should take advantage of new insights into the basic pathophysiology of epileptogenesis, drug metabolism and drug interactions. Many of them still need to be further evaluated mainly in real-world observational trials and registries. Among newer anticonvulsant drugs for partial-onset seizures (POSs), rufinamide, lacosamide, eslicarbazepine and perampanel are those new treatment options for which more substantial clinical evidence is currently available, both in adults and, to some extent, in children...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291425/long-term-outcomes-of-epilepsy-surgery-in-85-pediatric-patients-followed-up-for-over-10-years-a-retrospective-survey
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Hiroshi Hosoyama, Kazumi Matsuda, Tadahiro Mihara, Naotaka Usui, Koichi Baba, Yushi Inoue, Takayasu Tottori, Toshiaki Otsubo, Yumi Kashida, Koji Iida, Hirofumi Hirano, Ryosuke Hanaya, Kazunori Arita
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the treatment outcomes and social engagement of patients who had undergone pediatric epilepsy surgery more than 10 years earlier. METHODS Between 1983 and 2005, 110 patients younger than 16 years underwent epilepsy surgery at the National Epilepsy Center, Shizuoka Institute of Epilepsy and Neurological Disorders. The authors sent a questionnaire to 103 patients who had undergone follow-up for more than 10 years after surgery; 85 patients (82.5%) responded. The survey contained 4 categories: seizure outcome, use of antiepileptic drugs, social participation, and general satisfaction with the surgical treatment (resection of the epileptic focus, including 4 hemispherectomies)...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290119/time-to-seizure-modeling-of-lacosamide-used-in-monotherapy-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-epilepsy
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Andreas Lindauer, Christian Laveille, Armel Stockis
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the relationship between exposure to lacosamide monotherapy and seizure probability, and to simulate the effect of changing the dose regimen. METHODS: Structural time-to-event models for dropouts (not because of a lack of efficacy) and seizures were developed using data from 883 adult patients newly diagnosed with epilepsy and experiencing focal or generalized tonic-clonic seizures, participating in a trial (SP0993; ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01243177) comparing the efficacy of lacosamide and carbamazepine controlled-release monotherapy...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288357/epilepsy-prevalence-and-severity-predictors-in-mri-identified-focal-cortical-dysplasia
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Lauren M Maynard, James L Leach, Paul S Horn, Christine G Spaeth, Francesco T Mangano, Katherine D Holland, Lili Miles, Robert Faist, Hansel M Greiner
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of epilepsy and drug-resistant epilepsy in pediatric patients with focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) identified by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). To determine clinical and imaging differences between those with drug-resistant epilepsy, drug-responsive epilepsy, and no epilepsy among children with MRI-identified FCD. METHODS: A keyword search of a hospital radiology database identified 97 study participants for inclusion in this retrospective study...
March 6, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287071/auditory-seizures-in-autoimmune-epilepsy-a-case-with-anti-thyroid-antibodies
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Claudia Varrasi, Domizia Vecchio, Luca Magistrelli, Gionata Strigaro, Laura Tassi, Roberto Cantello
In its classic presentation, Hashimoto's encephalopathy is an acute-subacute complex neuropsychiatric syndrome with cognitive impairment, hallucinations, myoclonus, tremor or ataxia, associated with elevated anti-thyroid antibodies. Corticoids and immunotherapy are dramatically effective. However, in some cases, not all the associated features are presented and this delays diagnosis and appropriate treatment. We describe a man with abrupt onset of recurrent auditory seizures resulting in refractory non-convulsive status epilepticus...
March 8, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286626/periodic-lateralized-epileptiform-discharges-can-survive-anesthesia-and-result-in-asymmetric-drug-induced-burst-suppression
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Edward C Mader, Louis A Cannizzaro, Frank J Williams, Saurabh Lalan, Piotr W Olejniczak
Drug-induced burst suppression (DIBS) is bihemispheric and bisymmetric in adults and older children. However, asymmetric DIBS may occur if a pathological process is affecting one hemisphere only or both hemispheres disproportionately. The usual suspect is a destructive lesion; an irritative or epileptogenic lesion is usually not invoked to explain DIBS asymmetry. We report the case of a 66-year-old woman with new-onset seizures who was found to have a hemorrhagic cavernoma and periodic lateralized epileptiform discharges (PLEDs) in the right temporal region...
February 20, 2017: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284051/amygdala-enlargement-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-subtype-or-nonspecific-finding
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Anny Reyes, Thomas Thesen, Ruben Kuzniecky, Orrin Devinsky, Carrie R McDonald, Graeme D Jackson, David N Vaughan, Karen Blackmon
OBJECTIVE: Amygdala enlargement (AE) is observed in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), which has led to the suggestion that it represents a distinct TLE subtype; however, it is unclear whether AE is found at similar rates in other epilepsy syndromes or in healthy controls, which would limit its value as a marker for focal epileptogenicity. METHODS: We compared rates of AE, defined quantitatively from high-resolution T1-weighted MRI, in a large multi-site sample of 136 patients with nonlesional localization related epilepsy (LRE), including TLE and extratemporal (exTLE) focal epilepsy, 34 patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE), and 233 healthy controls (HCs)...
March 2, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282542/the-effect-of-newer-antiepileptic-drugs-in-combination-therapy
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Jussi Mäkinen, Sirpa Rainesalo, Jani Raitanen, Jukka Peltola
PURPOSE: To assess the impact of the new AEDs on overall outcome for patients with epilepsy. METHODS: In 2004, the effect of combination therapy on seizure frequency in adult patients with focal epilepsy was evaluated in a cross-sectional study in our center. We repeated this analysis ten years and eight new antiepileptic drugs (AED) later. RESULTS: In 2014, a higher percentage of patients with polytherapy (117 out of 396; 30%) were seizure-free compared with the original analysis (22%) (p=0...
March 2, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281499/new-onset-focal-epilepsy-in-adults-antiepileptic-drug-treatment
#18
J M K Murthy
Focal epilepsy, non-syndromic, is by far the most prevalent epilepsy in adults. Antiepileptic drug (AED) prescription in patients with new-onset focal epilepsy is often challenging. The factors that determine AED of choice depends both on the patient-specific and AED-specific variables. Monotherapy should the initial strategy. Failure to monotherapy can be due to lack of efficacy, severe adverse events, or a hypersensitivity reaction. In such patients, the next strategy should be alternate monotherapy trials...
2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281494/role-of-magnetoencephalography-and-stereo-electroencephalography-in-the-presurgical-evaluation-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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REVIEW
V Jayabal, Ashok Pillai, S Sinha, N Mariyappa, P Satishchandra, S Gopinath, Kurupath Radhakrishnan
In selected patients with drug-resistant focal epilepsies (DRFE), who otherwise are likely to be excluded from epilepsy surgery (ES) because of the absence of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-demonstrable lesion or discordant anatomo-electro-clinical (AEC) data, magnetoencephalography (MEG) may help to generate an AEC hypothesis and stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) may help to verify the hypothesis and proceed with ES. The sensitivity of MEG is much better in localizing the spiking zone in relation to lateral temporal and extratemporal cortical regions compared to the mesial temporal structures...
2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281318/intracranial-myxoid-mesenchymal-tumors-with-ewsr1-creb-family-gene-fusions-myxoid-variant-of-angiomatoid-fibrous-histiocytoma-or-novel-entity
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Tejus A Bale, Angelica Oviedo, Harry Kozakewich, Caterina Giannini, Phani K Davineni, Keith Ligon, Sanda Alexandrescu
BACKGROUND: Intracranial myxoid mesenchymal tumor harboring EWSR1 fusions with CREB family of genes was recently described, and it resembles the myxoid variant of angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma. We present 3 pediatric patients with intracranial EWSR1-rearranged myxoid mesenchymal neoplasm and provide a molecular genetic characterization of these tumors. METHODS: Clinical histories and imaging results were reviewed. Histology, immunohistochemistry, EWSR1, FUS, NR4A3 fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and next generation sequencing (NGS) were performed...
March 9, 2017: Brain Pathology
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