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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214108/cyclic-seizures-in-critically-ill-patients-clinical-correlates-dc-recordings-and-outcomes
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Lecio F Pinto, Emily J Gilmore, Ognen A Petroff, Adithya Sivaraju, Nishi Rampal, Lawrence J Hirsch, Nicolas Gaspard
OBJECTIVE: To describe EEG and clinical correlates, DC recordings and prognostic significance of cyclic seizures (CS). METHODS: We reviewed our prospective continuous EEG database to identify patients with CS, controls with non-cyclic status epilepticus (SE) and controls without seizure matched for age and etiology. EEG was reviewed with DC settings. RESULTS: 39/260 (15%) patients with electrographic seizures presented with CS. These patients were older (62 vs...
January 29, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209769/seizures-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-white-matter-injury
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Monica S Cooper, Mark T Mackay, Michael Fahey, Dinah Reddihough, Susan M Reid, Katrina Williams, A Simon Harvey
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to describe the prevalence, syndromes, and evolution of seizure disorders in children with cerebral palsy (CP) due to white matter injury (WMI). METHODS: For this population-based cohort study, brain MRI scans and medical records were reviewed in children in the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register born between 1999 and 2006 recorded as having WMI. Children were excluded if they had features of an undiagnosed syndrome, associated cortical malformation or injury, or no medical contact in the preceding year...
February 16, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209738/optogenetic-low-frequency-stimulation-of-specific-neuronal-populations-abates-ictogenesis
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Zahra Shiri, Maxime Lévesque, Guillaume Etter, Frédéric Manseau, Sylvain Williams, Massimo Avoli
Despite many advances made in understanding the pathophysiology of epileptic disorders, seizures remain poorly controlled in approximately one third of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy patients. Here, we established the efficacy of cell type-specific low-frequency stimulation (LFS) in controlling ictogenesis in the mouse entorhinal cortex (EC) in an in vitro brain slice preparation. Specifically, we used 1 Hz optogenetic stimulation of Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II-positive principal cells as well as of parvalbumin- or somatostatin-positive interneurons to study the effects of such repetitive activation on epileptiform discharges induced by 4-aminopyridine...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202706/clinical-and-genetic-factors-predicting-dravet-syndrome-in-infants-with-scn1a-mutations
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Valentina Cetica, Sara Chiari, Davide Mei, Elena Parrini, Laura Grisotto, Carla Marini, Daniela Pucatti, Annarita Ferrari, Federico Sicca, Nicola Specchio, Marina Trivisano, Domenica Battaglia, Ilaria Contaldo, Nelia Zamponi, Cristina Petrelli, Tiziana Granata, Francesca Ragona, Giuliano Avanzini, Renzo Guerrini
OBJECTIVE: To explore the prognostic value of initial clinical and mutational findings in infants with SCN1A mutations. METHODS: Combining sex, age/fever at first seizure, family history of epilepsy, EEG, and mutation type, we analyzed the accuracy of significant associations in predicting Dravet syndrome vs milder outcomes in 182 mutation carriers ascertained after seizure onset. To assess the diagnostic accuracy of all parameters, we calculated sensitivity, specificity, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, diagnostic odds ratios, and positive and negative predictive values and the accuracy of combined information...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202220/diagnostic-yield-of-ambulatory-eegs-in-the-elderly
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Benjamin Tolchin, Jong Woo Lee, Milena Pavlova, Barbara A Dworetzky, Rani A Sarkis
OBJECTIVE: The diagnostic yield of ambulatory EEG in the elderly is not known. We sought to determine diagnostic yield and identify factors predicting diagnostic findings in this elderly population. METHODS: We reviewed 156 consecutive 24-72h ambulatory EEGs performed on patients aged 60 or older. RESULTS: Of the 156 studies, 58 studies (37%) revealed potentially diagnostic findings: either epileptiform discharges, an epileptic seizure, or a typical nonepileptic event...
January 29, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199897/real-world-utility-of-whole-exome-sequencing-with-targeted-gene-analysis-for-focal-epilepsy
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Piero Perucca, Ingrid E Scheffer, A Simon Harvey, Paul A James, Sebastian Lunke, Natalie Thorne, Clara Gaff, Brigid M Regan, John A Damiano, Michael S Hildebrand, Samuel F Berkovic, Terence J O'Brien, Patrick Kwan
OBJECTIVE: Driven by advances in genomic technology and reduction in costs, next-generation sequencing (NGS) is venturing into routine clinical care. The 'real-world' clinical utility of NGS remains to be determined in focal epilepsies, which account for 60% of all epilepsies and for which the importance of genetic factors is just beginning to emerge. We investigated the diagnostic yield and management implications of whole exome sequencing (WES)-based screening of selected genes in the routine care of common focal epilepsies suspected to have a genetic basis...
February 7, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192756/scn1a-clinical-spectrum-includes-the-self-limited-focal-epilepsies-of-childhood
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Sara Kivity, Karen L Oliver, Zaid Afawi, John A Damiano, Todor Arsov, Melanie Bahlo, Samuel F Berkovic
INTRODUCTION: Amongst autosomal dominant genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) families, SCN1A variants are the most common genetic cause. Initially regarded as a generalized form of epilepsy, the GEFS+ spectrum is now known to include some focal epilepsies, but it is generally not conceptualized as extending to the self-limited focal epilepsies of childhood, such as Panayiotopoulos syndrome. There are, however, three reports of SCN1A variants in Panayiotopoulos syndrome...
February 4, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190440/neurologic-complications-in-critically-ill-pregnant-patients
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W L Wright
Neurologic complications in a critically ill pregnant woman are uncommon but some of the complications (such as eclampsia) are unique to pregnancy and the puerperal period. Other neurologic complications (such as seizures in the setting of epilepsy) may worsen during pregnancy. Clinical signs and symptoms such as seizure, headache, weakness, focal neurologic deficits, and decreased level of consciousness require careful consideration of potential causes to ensure prompt treatment measures are instituted to prevent ongoing neurologic injury...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188304/-18-f-fdg-pet-patterns-of-surgical-success-and-failure-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Francine Chassoux, Eric Artiges, Franck Semah, Agathe Laurent, Elisabeth Landré, Baris Turak, Philippe Gervais, Badia-Ourkia Helal, Bertrand Devaux
OBJECTIVE: To search for [(18)F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET patterns predictive of long-term prognosis in surgery for drug-resistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) due to hippocampal sclerosis (HS). METHODS: We analyzed metabolic data with [(18)F]-FDG-PET in 97 patients with MTLE (53 female participants; age range 15-56 years) with unilateral HS (50 left) and compared the metabolic patterns, electroclinical features, and structural atrophy on MRI in patients with the best outcome after anteromesial temporal resection (Engel class IA, completely seizure-free) to those with a non-IA outcome, including suboptimal outcome and failure...
February 10, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185968/the-value-of-diagnostic-bilateral-intracranial-eeg-in-treatment-resistant-focal-epilepsy
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Travis C Hill, Benjamin A Rubin, Vineet Tyagi, Jason Theobald, Alyson Silverberg, Mary Miceli, Patricia Dugan, Chad Carlson, Werner K Doyle
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the efficacy and risks of diagnostic bilateral intracranial EEG (bICEEG) in treatment-resistant epilepsy (TRE) patients with poorly lateralized epileptogenic zone (EZ) on non-invasive studies as reflected by progress to resection, Engel outcome and complication rate. METHODS: This is a retrospective chart review of 199 patients with TRE who had diagnostic bICEEG at New York University Medical Center between 1994 and 2013. Study endpoints were progress to resection, surgical outcome and perioperative complications...
February 6, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183037/long-term-lacosamide-retention-real-world-experience-at-a-tertiary-epilepsy-center-in-ireland
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Ronan N McGinty, Daniel J Costello
PURPOSE: To estimate the rate of long-term lacosamide retention among a real-world group of patients at a tertiary epilepsy center in Ireland. METHODS: One-hundred adults first prescribed lacosamide for epilepsy between January 2010 and August 2014 at Cork University Hospital were randomly selected for a retrospective analysis of medical records covering two years of subsequent epilepsy clinic follow-up to ascertain whether lacosamide was continued or withdrawn...
February 6, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182669/a-de-novo-loss-of-function-grin2a-mutation-associated-with-childhood-focal-epilepsy-and-acquired-epileptic-aphasia
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Kai Gao, Anel Tankovic, Yujia Zhang, Hirofumi Kusumoto, Jin Zhang, Wenjuan Chen, Wenshu XiangWei, Gil H Shaulsky, Chun Hu, Stephen F Traynelis, Hongjie Yuan, Yuwu Jiang
OBJECTIVE: N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) subunit GRIN2A/GluN2A mutations have been identified in patients with various neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and intellectual disability / developmental delay (ID/DD). In this study, we investigated the phenotype and underlying molecular mechanism of a GRIN2A missense mutation identified by next generation sequencing on idiopathic focal epilepsy using in vitro electrophysiology. METHODS: Genomic DNA of patients with epilepsy and ID/DD were sequenced by targeted next-generation sequencing within 300 genes related to epilepsy and ID/DD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182114/evolution-of-cerebral-atrophy-in-a-patient-with-super-refractory-status-epilepticus-treated-with-barbiturate-coma
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Christopher R Newey, Pravin George, Premkumar Nattanmai, Christine Ahrens, Stephen Hantus, Aarti Sarwal
Introduction. Status epilepticus is associated with neuronal breakdown. Radiological sequelae of status epilepticus include diffusion weighted abnormalities and T2/FLAIR cortical hyperintensities corresponding to the epileptogenic cortex. However, progressive generalized cerebral atrophy from status epilepticus is underrecognized and may be related to neuronal death. We present here a case of diffuse cerebral atrophy that developed during the course of super refractory status epilepticus management despite prolonged barbiturate coma...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176670/cerebrospinal-fluid-pleocytosis-in-critical-care-patients-with-seizures
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Carly Scramstad, Alan C Jackson
OBJECTIVES: To assess the etiology of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pleocytosis in critical care patients with seizure(s) or status epilepticus (SE). Many previous studies, some performed decades ago, concluded that CSF pleocytosis may be entirely attributable to seizure activity. METHODS: We undertook a retrospective chart review of adult patients with an admitting or acquired diagnosis of seizure(s) or SE in critical care units at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre between 2009 and 2012...
February 8, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168619/pure-endoscopic-management-of-epileptogenic-hypothalamic-hamartomas
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S Chibbaro, H Cebula, J Scholly, J Todeschi, I Ollivier, A Timofeev, M Ganau, P Di Emidio, M P Valenti, A M Staack, T Bast, B J Steinhoff, E Hirsch, P Kehrli, F Proust
Hypothalamic hamartomas (HH) are rare congenital malformations located in the region of the tuber cinereum and third ventricle. Their usual clinical presentation is characterized by gelastic/dacrystic seizures which often become pharmaco-resistant and progress to secondary focal/generalized intractable epilepsy causing mostly in children cognitive and behavioral problems (particularly in cases of progressive epileptic encephalopathy) and precocious puberty. Whereas gelastic seizures can be surgically controlled either by resection of the lesion or disconnection (tissue-destructive) procedures, aimed at functionally prevent the spreading of the epileptic burst; generalized seizures tend to respond better to HH excision rather than isolated neocortical resections, which generally fail to control them...
February 7, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167968/prevalence-response-to-cysticidal-therapy-and-risk-factors-for-persistent-seizure-in-indian-children-with-neurocysticercosis
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Animesh Kumar, Anirban Mandal, Sheela Sinha, Amitabh Singh, Rashmi Ranjan Das
Background. Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the commonest cause of childhood acquired epilepsy in developing countries. The use of cysticidal therapy in NCC, except "single lesion NCC," is still debated in view of its doubtful usefulness and potential adverse effects. Methods. Children presenting with first episode of seizure or acute focal neurological deficit without fever were screened for NCC and received appropriate therapy (followup done for 1 year to look for the response and side effects). Results. The prevalence of NCC was 4...
2017: International Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162058/prevalence-of-epilepsy-in-74-949-school-children-in-khartoum-state-sudan
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Inaam N Mohamed, Maha A Elseed, Ahlam A Hamed, Manar E Abdel-Rahman, Sarah M El-Sadig, Ilham M Omer, Abdelgadir H Osman, Ammar E Ahmed, Zein A Karrar, Mustafa A Salih
BACKGROUND: Data on childhood epilepsy in Sudan are scarce and the only published study on its prevalence was published in 1983. This study aimed to determine the current prevalence of epilepsy in school children in Khartoum State. METHODS: This is an analytical population-based, cross-sectional study conducted in Khartoum State, Sudan. The study included students in the basic (primary) schools aged 6-14 years. Simple random sampling was used to draw a cluster of four of the seven localities comprising Khartoum State...
February 6, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157273/a-novel-animal-model-of-acquired-human-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-based-on-the-simultaneous-administration-of-kainic-acid-and-lorazepam
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Friederike Kienzler-Norwood, Lara Costard, Chinmaya Sadangi, Philipp Müller, Valentin Neubert, Sebastian Bauer, Felix Rosenow, Braxton A Norwood
OBJECTIVE: Kainic acid (KA) is a potent glutamate analog that is used to induce neurodegeneration and model temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) in rodents. KA reliably induces severe, prolonged seizures, that is, convulsive status epilepticus (cSE), which is typically fatal without pharmacologic intervention. Although the use of KA to model human epilepsy has proven unquestionably valuable for >30 years, significant variability and mortality continue to confound results. These issues are probably the consequence of cSE, an all-or-nothing response that is inherently capricious and uncontrollable...
February 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153539/outcomes-after-high-concentration-peroxide-ingestions
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Benjamin W Hatten, L Keith French, B Zane Horowitz, Robert G Hendrickson
STUDY OBJECTIVE: In cases of high-concentration peroxide ingestion reported to US poison centers, we describe medical outcomes, examine the role of hyperbaric oxygen, and review the use of endoscopy. METHODS: The study was a retrospective analysis of a structured database, the National Poison Data System. The chart for each poison center case of a high-concentration (>10%) peroxide ingestion was obtained and abstracted in a standardized fashion; 1,054 cases were initially considered and 294 cases met inclusion criteria...
January 19, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150296/radiofrequency-thermocoagulation-of-the-seizure-onset-zone-during-stereoelectroencephalography
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Petia Dimova, Luca de Palma, Anne-Sophie Job-Chapron, Lorella Minotti, Dominique Hoffmann, Philippe Kahane
OBJECTIVE: To assess long-term outcome and identify prognostic factors of radiofrequency thermocoagulation (RFTC) following stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) explorations in particularly complex cases of focal epilepsy. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical charts, video-SEEG recordings, and outcomes for 23 patients (aged 6-53 years) treated with SEEG-guided RFTC, of whom 15 had negative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings, and 10 were considered noneligible for resective surgery after SEEG...
February 2, 2017: Epilepsia
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