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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527369/prolonged-epileptiform-eeg-runs-are-associated-with-persistent-seizures-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Vibeke Arntsen, Trond Sand, Marte R Syvertsen, Eylert Brodtkorb
OBJECTIVE: In juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), various EEG characteristics have been suggested as poor prognostic signs, but their significance is unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of EEG variables on seizure and psychosocial outcome after a follow-up exceeding 20 years. METHODS: 396 EEG recordings were available for assessment in 40 patients (42 complete digital, 330 paper segments and 24 written reports only). Mean follow-up was 31 years (range 20-68)...
May 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524796/improvement-of-visual-field-defects-after-focal-resection-for-occipital-lobe-epilepsy-case-report
#2
Takahiro Yamamoto, Tadashi Hamasaki, Hideo Nakamura, Kazumichi Yamada
Improvement of visual field defects after surgical treatment for occipital lobe epilepsy is rare. Here, the authors report on a 24-year-old man with a 15-year history of refractory epilepsy that developed after he had undergone an occipital craniotomy to remove a cerebellar astrocytoma at the age of 4. His seizures started with an elementary visual aura, followed by secondary generalized tonic-clonic convulsion. Perimetry revealed left-sided incomplete hemianopia, and MRI showed an old contusion in the right occipital lobe...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524221/-epileptic-spasms-in-infants-beyond-hypsarrhythmia
#3
M Garcia-Fernandez
Epileptic spasms are the most frequent type of epileptic seizures in infants. They can also occur beyond the period of infancy, within the context of other epileptic encephalopathies or as an expression of a focal or generalised epilepsy. The clinical semiology of epileptic spasms varies greatly. They sometimes consist of very subtle clinical manifestations, which occur in series, without the typical axorhizomelic contraction, or in association with focal seizures. The critical EEG correlate is also very variable and basically consists of the combination of a hypervoltage slow wave, a bout of rapid low-amplitude activity or a diffuse attenuation of the trace...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523600/sodium-channel-blockers-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy
#4
Martin J Brodie
Sodium channel blockers have been the mainstay of the pharmacological management of focal and generalised tonic-clonic seizures for more than 70 years. The focus of this paper will be on phenytoin, carbamazepine, lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, rufinamide, lacosamide and eslicarbazepine acetate. All these antiepileptic drugs have similar efficacy and share similar dose-dependent, adverse effect profiles, although phenytoin, carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine are more likely to cause idiosyncratic reactions than the others...
May 18, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523469/system-for-automatic-heart-rate-calculation-in-epileptic-seizures
#5
Marcin Kołodziej, Andrzej Majkowski, Remigiusz J Rak, Bartosz Świderski, Andrzej Rysz
This article presents a comprehensive system for automatic heart rate (HR) detection. The system is robust and resistant to disturbances (noise, interferences, artifacts) occurring mainly during epileptic seizures. ECG signal filtration (IIR) and normalization due to skewness and standard deviation were used as preprocessing steps. A key element of the system is a reference QRS complex pattern calculated individually for each ECG recording. Next, a cross-correlation of the reference QRS pattern with short, normalized ECG windows is calculated and the maxima of the correlation are found (R-wave locations)...
May 18, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520633/insular-cortex-surgery-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-epilepsy
#6
Marec von Lehe, Yaroslav Parpaley
Focal epilepsy originating from the insular cortex is rare. One reason is the small amount of cortical tissue compared with other lobes of the brain. However, the incidence of insular epilepsy might be underestimated because of diagnostic difficulties. The semiology and the surface EEG are often not meaningful or even misleading, and elaborated imaging might be necessary. The close connections of the insular cortex with other potentially epileptogenic areas, such as the temporal lobe or frontal/central cortex, is increasingly recognized as possible reason for failure of epilepsy surgery for temporal or extratemporal seizures...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520630/diagnostic-yield-of-routine-electroencephalography-with-concurrent-video-recording-in-detecting-interictal-epileptiform-discharges-in-relation-to-reasons-for-request-a-prospective-study-of-1-080-video-electroencephalograms
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Laia Grau-López, Marta Jiménez, Jordi Ciurans, Sonia Barambio, Alejandra Fumanal, Juan L Becerra
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to prospectively analyze the sensitivity and specificity of routine electroencephalography with concurrent video recording (vEEG) in relation to the reasons for requesting the test and to investigate when routine vEEG should be requested. METHODS: We prospectively analyzed 1,080 consecutive vEEGs performed between April 2015 and April 2016. The requests for vEEG were classified as requests with a low suspicion of epilepsy (syncope, confusion or delirium, suspicion of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, and paroxysmal focal neurological deficit) or requests with a high suspicion of epilepsy (first clinical seizure, suspected status epilepticus, follow-up study of a patient with epilepsy, and acute symptomatic seizures)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512320/hyponatremia-upon-presentation-to-the-emergency-department-the-need-for-urgent-neuroimaging-studies
#8
Arne Bokemeyer, Rainer Dziewas, Heinz Wiendl, Wolfram Schwindt, Paul Bicsán, Philipp Kümpers, Hermann Pavenstädt
This study aims to evaluate the necessity of urgent neuroimaging for emergency admissions exhibiting symptomatology of profound hyponatremia. We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of all patients admitted to the emergency room of the University Hospital Münster from 2010 to 2014 with a serum sodium value < 125 mmol/L. From 52918 emergency admissions, 261 patients with profound hyponatremia were identified, of whom 140 (54%) had neurological symptoms. Unspecific weakness and confusion were the most prevalent of these symptoms (59%)...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511919/the-debate-treatment-after-the-first-seizure-the-pro
#9
REVIEW
David G Olmes, Hajo M Hamer
According to current diagnosis criteria, first seizures constitute beginning epilepsy when they carry recurrence risks of ≥60% over the next 10 years. This is frequently the case and warrants AED treatment. Evidence argues against deferring treatment when provoking factors such as sleep deprivation are reported. There are several characteristics of first seizures which markedly increase recurrence risk but not clearly beyond 60%. This includes status epilepticus or seizure flurries at first manifestation or focal semiology indicating focal epilepsy...
May 4, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510905/zoomed-mri-guided-by-combined-eeg-meg-source-analysis-a-multimodal-approach-for-optimizing-presurgical-epilepsy-work-up-and-its-application-in-a-multi-focal-epilepsy-patient-case-study
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Ü Aydin, S Rampp, A Wollbrink, H Kugel, J -H Cho, T R Knösche, C Grova, J Wellmer, C H Wolters
In recent years, the use of source analysis based on electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) has gained considerable attention in presurgical epilepsy diagnosis. However, in many cases the source analysis alone is not used to tailor surgery unless the findings are confirmed by lesions, such as, e.g., cortical malformations in MRI. For many patients, the histology of tissue resected from MRI negative epilepsy shows small lesions, which indicates the need for more sensitive MR sequences...
May 16, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506505/the-utility-of-surveillance-electroencephalography-to-guide-early-antiepileptic-drug-therapy-in-infants-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#11
Robyn Whitney, Saber Jan, Maria Zak, Bláthnaid McCoy
BACKGROUND: Seizures are a common early presentation in infants with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and can be preceded by electrographic changes on electroencephalography (EEG) before clinical seizure onset. A limited number of studies have addressed the initial EEG findings in TSC and the outcome of early treatment with antiepileptic medication prior to clinical seizure onset. METHODS: We describe two infants with tuberous sclerosis complex whose surveillance EEG showed focal seizures that were not previously recognized by caregivers...
April 18, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506334/-mecp2-duplication-syndrome-a-clinical-analysis-of-three-cases-and-literature-review
#12
Dan-Xia Tang, Dong-Fang Li, Ruo-Hao Wu, Li-Na Zhang, Xiang-Yang Luo
MECP2 duplication syndrome (MDS) is a rare pediatric disease and mainly manifests as delayed motor development, language loss or delay, recurrent infection, severe intellectual disability, epilepsy, autistic symptoms, and early infantile hypotonia. In this article, the three children with this disease were all boys. Cases 1 and 2 had delayed motor development, and language loss or delay as initial manifestations, and case 3 had recurrent infection as initial manifestation. Physical examination showed hypotonia and negative pathological signs in each case...
May 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501143/do-we-know-how-to-diagnose-epilepsy-early-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#13
REVIEW
B Cretin, N Philippi, O Bousiges, L Dibitonto, F Sellal, C Martin-Hunyadi, F Blanc
Epilepsy is an increasingly recognized comorbidity in Alzheimer's disease (AD). First described as generalized in dementia patients, epileptic AD patients are nowadays fully described in earlier stages of the disease (with mild or subjective cognitive impairment). At such early stages, patients may present not only with generalized seizures, but also with focal seizures (commonly localized in the frontal or temporal lobe). Thus, partial or generalized epilepsy is part of the semiological spectrum of AD that should be borne in mind at all stages of disease to ensure early identification and prevent the risk of repeated seizures (such as accidents, injury, progression of cognitive impairment)...
May 10, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501042/behavior-changes-and-gait-unsteadiness-the-value-of-imaging-and-prompt-neurosurgical-intervention
#14
Andreia Costa, Cláudia Marques-Matos, Carina Reis, Marta Carvalho, Madalena Pinto
Cavernous angiomas are central nervous system malformations. Most common manifestations are seizures and acute focal neurological deficits. We present a case report of a seventy-one year-old man with a two-month history of behavior changes, attention deficit and indifference followed by gait unsteadiness. Neuropsychological evaluation showed severe cognitive impairment and executive dysfunction. Head computed tomography depicted a supraventricular hydrocephaly. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a small hemorrhage, contiguous to a mesencephalic cavernous angioma, obstructing the Sylvius aqueduct, causing secondary hydrocephalus...
January 31, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500274/combined-hmg-coa-reductase-and-prenylation-inhibition-in-treatment-of-ccm
#15
Sayoko Nishimura, Ketu Mishra-Gorur, JinSeok Park, Yulia V Surovtseva, Said M Sebti, Andre Levchenko, Angeliki Louvi, Murat Gunel
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are common vascular anomalies that develop in the central nervous system and, more rarely, the retina. The lesions can cause headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits, and hemorrhagic stroke. Symptomatic lesions are treated according to their presentation; however, targeted pharmacological therapies that improve the outcome of CCM disease are currently lacking. We performed a high-throughput screen to identify Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs or other bioactive compounds that could effectively suppress hyperproliferation of mouse brain primary astrocytes deficient for CCM3...
May 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495218/effects-of-hippocampal-low-frequency-stimulation-in-idiopathic-non-human-primate-epilepsy-assessed-via-a-remote-sensing-enabled-neurostimulator
#16
Thomas A Wozny, Witold J Lipski, Ahmad Alhourani, Efstathios D Kondylis, Arun Antony, R Mark Richardson
Individuals with pharmacoresistant epilepsy remain a large and under-treated patient population. Continued technologic advancements in implantable neurostimulators have spurred considerable research efforts directed towards the development of novel antiepileptic stimulation therapies. However, the lack of adequate preclinical experimental platforms has precluded a detailed understanding of the differential effects of stimulation parameters on neuronal activity within seizure networks. In order to chronically monitor seizures and the effects of stimulation in a freely-behaving non-human primate with idiopathic epilepsy, we employed a novel simultaneous video-intracranial EEG recording platform using a state-of-the-art sensing-enabled, rechargeable clinical neurostimulator with real-time seizure detection and wireless data streaming capabilities...
May 7, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494616/breakdown-of-thalamo-cortical-connectivity-precedes-spike-generation-in-focal-epilepsies
#17
Vitalie Chiosa, Stanislav Alexandru Groppa, Dimitru Ciolac, Nabin Koirala, Liuda Misina, Yaroslav Winter, Maria Moldovanu, Muthuraman Muthuraman, Sergiu Groppa
EEG spikes and focal epileptic seizures are generated in circumscribed cerebral networks that have been insufficiently described. For precise time and spatial domain networks characterization we applied in patients with focal epilepsy dense array 256-channel EEG recordings with causal connectivity estimation using time resolved partial directed coherence and 3T-MRI derived cortical and thalamus integrity reconstruction. Prior to spike generation significant theta and alpha bands driven information flows alterations were noted from both temporal and frontal lobes to thalamus and from thalamus to the frontal lobe...
May 11, 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491494/the-relationship-between-morphological-lesion-magnetic-source-imaging-and-intracranial-stereo-electroencephalography-in-focal-cortical-dysplasia
#18
Romain Bouet, François Mauguière, Sébastien Daligault, Jean Isnard, Marc Guenot, Olivier Bertrand, Julien Jung
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a useful non-invasive technique for presurgical evaluation of focal cortical dysplasia patients. We aimed at clarifying the precise spatial relationship between the spiking volume determined with MEG, the seizure onset zone and the lesional volume in patients with focal cortical dysplasia. We studied the spatial relationships between the MEG spiking volume determined with a recent analysis pipeline, the seizure-onset zone location determined with a quantitative index calculated from intracranial EEG signals ('Epileptogenicity Index') and the lesional volume delineated on brain MRI in 11 patients with Focal Cortical Dysplasia explored with Stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491431/hyperinsulinaemic-hypoglycaemic-syndrome-due-to-acquired-nesidioblastosis-in-a-cat
#19
Lydia E Hambrook, Amanda A Ciavarella, Judith S Nimmo, Julie Wayne
Case summary A 6-year-old, neutered female British Shorthair cat presented with acute-onset weakness and mental dullness. Initially the cat was mildly hyperglycaemic (9.9 mmol/l; reference interval [RI] 3.3-6.7 mmol/l). Over the following 12 h the cat developed central blindness, tremors, intermittent seizures and opisthotonus. Repeat blood sampling revealed a marked hypoglycaemia (0.8 mmol/l). Insulin level (performed on a serum sample collected while the cat was hypoglycaemic) was inappropriately elevated (1575 mIU/l; RI 10-80 mIU/l)...
July 2016: JFMS Open Rep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491196/cerebral-palsy-and-seizures-in-a-child-with-tubulinopathy-pattern-dysgenesis-and-focal-cortical-dysplasia
#20
Kevin M Sweet, Dennis W W Shaw, Teresa Chapman
A 7-year-old boy with a history of spasticity, global developmental delay, and seizures was given the general diagnosis of cerebral palsy at an early age. Chromosomal array analysis performed at an outside center was normal. The patient's family sought neurodevelopmental pediatric care at a new institution following a move out of state. Electroencephalography confirmed abnormal epileptogenic activity. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed findings consistent with a tubulin gene defect (tubulinopathy) and of focal cortical dysplasia, as well as evidence of a remote occipital lobe injury...
June 2017: Radiology case reports
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