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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454255/effects-of-adjunctive-eslicarbazepine-acetate-on-neurocognitive-functioning-in-children-with-refractory-focal-onset-seizures
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Sergiusz Jóźwiak, P Veggiotti, J Moreira, H Gama, F Rocha, P Soares-da-Silva
PURPOSE: This was a phase-II, randomized, double-blind (DB), placebo-controlled study aimed to evaluate neurocognitive effects of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) as adjunctive therapy in pediatric patients with refractory focal-onset seizures (FOS). METHODS: Children (6-16years old) with FOS were randomized (2:1) to ESL or placebo. Treatment started at 10mg/kg/day, was up-titrated up to 30mg/kg/day (target dose), and maintained for 8weeks, followed by one-year open-label follow-up...
February 13, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454195/chrna4-variant-causes-paroxysmal-kinesigenic-dyskinesia-and-genetic-epilepsy-with-febrile-seizures-plus
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Yong-Li Jiang, Fang Yuan, Ying Yang, Xiao-Long Sun, Lu Song, Wen Jiang
PURPOSE: Paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD) and epilepsy are thought to have a shared genetic etiology. PRRT2 has been identified as a causative gene of both disorders. In this study, we aim to explore the potential novel causative gene in a PRRT2-negative family with three individuals diagnosed with PKD or genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+). METHODS: Clinical data were collected from all the affected and unaffected members of a PKD/GEFS+ family...
February 10, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454194/diagnostic-and-treatment-services-for-patients-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-pnes-a-survey-of-health-professionals-in-urban-china
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Xin Tong, Dongmei An, Markus Reuber, Qin Zhang, Dong Zhou
PURPOSE: This study is intended to provide an overview of diagnostic and treatment services for patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) across China. METHODS: Using a questionnaire devised by the PNES Task Force of Neuropsychiatry Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), we conducted a survey among Chinese health professionals at the Sixth Advanced International Course: Clinical Epileptology. Descriptive analyses were performed...
January 31, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453114/levetiracetam-monotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-infants-with-epilepsy
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Pinar Arican, Pinar Gencpinar, Dilek Cavusoglu, Nihal Olgac Dundar
PURPOSE: Levetiracetam is a broad-spectrum anti-epileptic drug that is effective against both focal and generalized epilepsies. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy, tolerability and safety of levetiracetam monotherapy in the management of different seizure types in children with epilepsy under the age of two. METHOD: This retrospective study was conducted on children with a diagnosis of epilepsy from January 2014 to January 2017. To be included in the study, patients were required to be less than two years of age at the time levetiracetam was initiated as initial monotherapy and to be followed clinically for at least 6 months...
February 12, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453112/pattern-and-determinants-of-self-reported-enacted-stigma-among-rural-dwellers-living-with-epilepsy-attending-a-tertiary-health-facility-in-enugu-state-nigeria
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Birinus A Ezeala-Adikaibe, Justin U Achor, Eddy Aneke, Uchenna Ijoma, Obinna D Onodugo, Casmir Orjioke, Chinwe Onyekonwu, Oluchi Ekenze
PURPOSE: Epilepsy related stigma is a barrier to recovery and has been linked to a broad range of psychosocial consequences and has the potential to influence the provision of care to people with epilepsy. Understanding the determinants of enacted stigma in epilepsy is relevant in the understanding of the burden of epilepsy in Nigeria. METHOD: Using a semi-structured questionnaire, a cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among rural dwellers receiving treatment for epilepsy in a tertiary referral specialist hospital in Enugu, south east Nigeria...
February 10, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452687/diagnostic-challenges-in-epilepsy-seizure-under-reporting-and-seizure-detection
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REVIEW
Christian E Elger, Christian Hoppe
Epileptic seizures vary greatly in clinical phenomenology and can markedly affect the patient's quality of life. As therapeutic interventions focus on reduction or elimination of seizures, the accurate documentation of seizure occurrence is essential. However, patient self-evaluation compared with objective evaluation by video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring or long-term ambulatory EEG revealed that patients document fewer than 50% of their seizures, on average, and that documentation accuracy varies significantly over time...
March 2018: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451698/the-ketogenic-diet-is-effective-for-refractory-epilepsy-associated-with-acquired-structural-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Mel Michel Villaluz, Lysa Boissé Lomax, Trupti Jadhav, J Helen Cross, Ingrid E Scheffer
AIM: Ketogenic diet therapies have proven efficacy for refractory epilepsy. There are many reports of their use in the genetic developmental and epileptic encephalopathies; however, little attention has been paid as to whether the diet is also effective in individuals with an acquired structural aetiology. We observed remarkable efficacy of the diet in two patients with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy. We then analysed our cases with refractory structural epilepsies of acquired origin to characterize their response to the ketogenic diet...
February 16, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449490/dentate-gyrus-mossy-cells-control-spontaneous-convulsive-seizures-and-spatial-memory
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Anh D Bui, Theresa M Nguyen, Charles Limouse, Hannah K Kim, Gergely G Szabo, Sylwia Felong, Mattia Maroso, Ivan Soltesz
Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is characterized by debilitating, recurring seizures and an increased risk for cognitive deficits. Mossy cells (MCs) are key neurons in the hippocampal excitatory circuit, and the partial loss of MCs is a major hallmark of TLE. We investigated how MCs contribute to spontaneous ictal activity and to spatial contextual memory in a mouse model of TLE with hippocampal sclerosis, using a combination of optogenetic, electrophysiological, and behavioral approaches. In chronically epileptic mice, real-time optogenetic modulation of MCs during spontaneous hippocampal seizures controlled the progression of activity from an electrographic to convulsive seizure...
February 16, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449140/effectiveness-of-a-multicomponent-self-management-intervention-for-adults-with-epilepsy-zmile-study-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Loes A M Leenen, Ben F M Wijnen, Alfons G H Kessels, HoiYau Chan, Reina J A de Kinderen, Silvia M A A Evers, Caroline M van Heugten, Marian H J M Majoie
BACKGROUND: The objective of the ZMILE study was to compare the effectiveness of a multicomponent self-management intervention (MCI) with care as usual (CAU) in adult patients with epilepsy (PWE) over a six-month period. METHODS: Participants (PWE & relative) were randomized into intervention or CAU groups. Self-report questionnaires were used to measure disease-specific self-efficacy as the primary outcome measure and general self-efficacy, adherence, seizure severity, emotional functioning, quality of life, proactive coping, and side-effects of antiepileptic drugs (AED) as secondary outcome measures...
February 12, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449138/driving-with-drug-resistant-and-controlled-seizures-from-a-patient-s-perspective-assessment-of-attitudes-and-practices
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Lakshman Arcot Jayagopal, Kaeli K Samson, Olga Taraschenko
BACKGROUND: Driving restrictions in epilepsy are intended to safeguard public and personal safety; however, these limitations inhibit socialization, restrict employment, and reduce self-esteem in patients with seizures. A large proportion of patients with seizures continue to drive, and factors leading to noncompliance with driving regulations are poorly understood. Thus, the patients' perspective on driving safety is not incorporated into the existing counseling tools on driving safety in epilepsy...
February 12, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448117/refractory-focal-epilepsy-in-a-paediatric-patient-with-primary-familial-brain-calcification
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Juliet K Knowles, Jonathan D Santoro, Brenda E Porter, Fiona M Baumer
Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), otherwise known as Fahr's disease, is a rare autosomal dominant condition with manifestations of movement disorders, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and epilepsy in a minority of PFBC patients. The clinical presentation of epilepsy in PFBC has not been described in detail. We present a paediatric patient with PFBC and refractory focal epilepsy based on seizure semiology and ictal EEG, but with generalized interictal EEG abnormalities. The patient was found to have a SLC20A2 mutation known to be pathogenic in PFBC, as well as a variant of unknown significance in SCN2A...
February 6, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447051/targeting-crosstalk-between-nuclear-factor-erythroid-derived-2-like-2-and-nuclear-factor-kappa-beta-pathway-by-nrf2-activator-dimethyl-fumarate-in-epileptogenesis
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Neha Singh, Sheekha Vijayanti, Lekha Saha
Epilepsy is a complex, chronic neurological disorder characterized by increased and abnormal synchronization of neuronal electrical activity, which is manifested as seizures. It is associated with many comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, sleep disorder, psychiatric disorder etc. which consequently causes higher mortality rate. The understanding of its cellular and molecular mechanism is partial, because of which it remains an ongoing health problem, despite the increasing availability of newer antiepileptic drugs...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446447/individualized-prediction-of-seizure-relapse-and-outcomes-following-antiepileptic-drug-withdrawal-after-pediatric-epilepsy-surgery
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Herm J Lamberink, Kim Boshuisen, Willem M Otte, Karin Geleijns, Kees P J Braun
The objective of this study was to create a clinically useful tool for individualized prediction of seizure outcomes following antiepileptic drug withdrawal after pediatric epilepsy surgery. We used data from the European retrospective TimeToStop study, which included 766 children from 15 centers, to perform a proportional hazard regression analysis. The 2 outcome measures were seizure recurrence and seizure freedom in the last year of follow-up. Prognostic factors were identified through systematic review of the literature...
February 15, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445957/treating-immune-related-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Sonal Bhatia, Sarah E Schmitt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review explores different treatment modalities for immune-mediated epilepsy, including epilepsy caused by autoantibodies as well as epilepsy in the context of systemic autoimmune disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Autoimmune epilepsy is an increasingly recognized entity. Conventional treatments for epilepsy, such as antiseizure medications and epilepsy surgery, are less successful in treating epilepsy caused by autoimmune disease. Immunomodulatory therapies such as corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, and plasma exchange are generally more successful in treating immune-mediated epilepsy than conventional epilepsy therapies...
February 14, 2018: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445916/bottom-of-sulcus-focal-cortical-dysplasia-presenting-as-epilepsia-partialis-continua-multimodality-characterization-including-7t-mri
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Sarah A Kelley, Shenandoah Robinson, Nathan E Crone, Bruno P Soares
INTRODUCTION: Bottom-of-sulcus focal cortical dysplasias are an under recognized, surgically treatable cause of focal epilepsy. Resection can dramatically reduce the seizure burden for children with refractory epilepsy, or eliminate seizures altogether. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report the case and present the results of multimodality evaluation of a 15-year-old young man who presented with long-standing partial epilepsy affecting his right leg, which over the years became refractory to therapy...
February 14, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445430/seizure-prophylaxis-in-the-immediate-post-hemorrhagic-period-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Thomas V Kodankandath, Salman Farooq, Wled Wazni, John-Andrew Cox, Christopher Southwood, Gregory Rozansky, Vijay Johnson, John R Lynch
Introduction: Seizures are a well-known complication of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) and occur most commonly in the immediate posthemorrhagic period. Most commonly used antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) for seizure prophylaxis in aSAH include phenytoin and levetiracetam. There is no reliable data available on the safety and efficacy of restricting AED prophylaxis only till the aneurysm is secured. Methods: We retrospectively chart reviewed patients admitted to our neurosciences intensive care unit (NICU) with aSAH during the past two years...
December 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444968/behavioral-interventions-as-a-treatment-for-epilepsy-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sheryl R Haut, Richard B Lipton, Susannah Cornes, Alok K Dwivedi, Rachel Wasson, Sian Cotton, Jeffrey R Strawn, Michael Privitera
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a stress-reduction intervention in participants with medication-resistant epilepsy. METHODS: Adults with medication-resistant focal epilepsy (n = 66) were recruited from 3 centers and randomized to 1 of 2 interventions: (1) progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) with diaphragmatic breathing, or (2) control focused-attention activity with extremity movements. Following an 8-week baseline period, participants began 12 weeks of double-blind treatment...
February 14, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444904/mutation-in-an-alternative-transcript-of-cdkl5-in-a-boy-with-early-onset-seizures
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Dale L Bodian, John M Schreiber, Thierry Vilboux, Alina Khromykh, Natalie S Hauser
Infantile-onset epilepsies are a set of severe, heterogeneous disorders for which clinical genetic testing yields causative mutations in ~20-50% of affected individuals. We report the case of a boy presenting with intractable seizures at 2 weeks of age, for whom gene panel testing was unrevealing. Research-based whole genome sequencing of the proband and four unaffected family members identified a de novo mutation, NM_001323289.1:c.2828_2829delGA in CDKL5, a gene associated with X-linked early infantile epileptic encephalopathy 2...
February 14, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444765/early-infancy-onset-stimulation-induced-myoclonic-seizures-in-three-siblings-with-inherited-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-gpi-anchor-deficiency
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Yukiko Mogami, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yoshiko Murakami, Tae Ikeda, Sadami Kimura, Keiko Yanagihara, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Taroh Kinoshita
Inherited glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor deficiency causes a variety of clinical symptoms, including epilepsy, however, little information is available regarding seizures as a symptom. We report three siblings with inherited glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor deficiency with PIGL gene mutations. The phenotypes of the subjects were not consistent with CHIME syndrome or Mabry syndrome, as reported in previous studies. All shared some clinical manifestations, including transient apnoea as neonates, dysmorphic facial features, and intellectual disability...
February 14, 2018: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444764/clinical-radiological-pathological-correlation-in-an-unusual-case-of-refractory-epilepsy-a-two-year-journey-of-whodunit
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Deepak Menon, Ramshekhar N Menon, Chandrasekharan Kesavadas, Anita Mahadevan, Ashalatha Radhakrishnan, Sudheeran Kannoth, Pradeep P Nair, Mathew Abraham, Bejoy Thomas, Sanjeev V Thomas
New-onset refractory focal epilepsy poses significant challenges to the clinician in the absence of specific diagnostic biomarkers. Differential diagnoses based on imaging may be expanded by a veritable spectrum of peri-ictal imaging findings that may mask the underlying substrate. We report a 13-year-old girl who presented with refractory focal seizures of left parieto-occipital origin with cytotoxic gyral oedema noted over the same region on imaging. Despite an initial negative autoantibody profile, the patient was treated with immunosuppression, followed by serial relapses requiring immune-modulation...
February 14, 2018: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
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