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Mona Noureldein, Paul A J Heaton, Mark Walker, Samantha Holden
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March 15, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Mark Stewart
This review traces the examination of autonomic, cardiovascular, and respiratory derangements associated with seizure activity in the clinical and preclinical literature generally, and in the author's animal model specifically, and concludes with the author's views on the potential mechanisms for sudden death in epilepsy (SUDEP). An animal model that employs kainic acid-induced seizures on a background of urethane anesthesia has permitted unprecedented access to the behavior of autonomic, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems during seizure activity...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
Neal Goldberg, Yahdira Rodriguez-Prado, Rebecca Tillery, Caroline Chua
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant younger than age 12 months whose cause of death remains unknown despite a thorough death scene investigation, a review of the clinical history, and an autopsy. Despite the huge achievement of the Back to Sleep program, SIDS remains one of the leading causes of infant death in the United States. In recent years, the SIDS rate has remained stationary despite major public health efforts aimed at high-risk groups to improve sleep environment and strategies...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Silvia D Visonà, Onno J de Boer, Claire Mackaaij, Hans H de Boer, Kartika R Pertiwi, Ruben W de Winter, Antonio Osculati, Allard C van der Wal
Acute medial dissection of aorta can occur in the context of a sudden and unexpected death. For medico-legal reasons it is important to estimate as accurately the histological age of dissections. We evaluated the additional value of a systematic application of immunohistochemistry, compared with conventional histology only, in determining chronological steps of injury and repair. Thirty two paraffin embedded specimens of aortic dissection were retrospectively allocated to one of four defined stages: acute (I), subacute (II), early organizing (III) and scarring (IV) using Hematoxylin and Eosin and Elastica van Gieson stained sections...
February 10, 2018: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Kevin J Li, Aaron P Greenstein, Lynn E Delisi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine the recent literature regarding sudden death in patients with schizophrenia and synthesize salient conclusions based on this evidence. RECENT FINDINGS: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the largest subset of sudden unexpected death (SUD), with up to 40% of SUD from cardiovascular causes. SCD has been associated with exposure to both first and second-generation antipsychotics. Clozapine [odds ratio (OR) 3.67, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1...
March 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Jesus Mates, Irene Mademont-Soler, Bernat Del Olmo, Carles Ferrer-Costa, Monica Coll, Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Ferran Picó, Catarina Allegue, Anna Fernandez-Falgueras, Patricia Álvarez, Raquel Yotti, Maria Angeles Espinosa, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Sergi Cesar, Ester Carro, Josep Brugada, Elena Arbelo, Pablo Garcia-Pavia, Mar Borregan, Eduardo Tizzano, Amador López-Granados, Francisco Mazuelos, Aranzazu Díaz de Bustamante, Maria Teresa Darnaude, José Ignacio González-Hevia, Felícitas Díaz-Flores, Francisco Trujillo, Anna Iglesias, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles, Oscar Campuzano, Ramon Brugada
Several studies have identified copy number variants (CNVs) as responsible for cardiac diseases associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD), but very few exhaustive analyses in large cohorts of patients have been performed, and they have been generally focused on a specific SCD-related disease. The aim of the present study was to screen for CNVs the most prevalent genes associated with SCD in a large cohort of patients who suffered sudden unexplained death or had an inherited cardiac disease (cardiomyopathy or channelopathy)...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Andrea Silva, Maria João Baptista, Emanuel Araújo
Congenital coronary artery anomalies are modifications of their origin, course or structure and its incidence varies between 0,2 and 5,6% of the general population. Although the majority is asymptomatic, they are the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. The aim of this study is to highlight the main anomalies with hemodynamic significance, including the anomalous origin of a coronary artery from the opposite sinus and anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from pulmonary artery...
February 26, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Owen Middleton, Daniel Atherton, Elizabeth Bundock, Elizabeth Donner, Daniel Friedman, Dale Hesdorffer, Heather Jarrell, Aileen McCrillis, Othon J Mena, Mitchel Morey, David Thurman, Niu Tian, Torbjörn Tomson, Zian Tseng, Steven White, Cyndi Wright, Orrin Devinsky
Sudden unexpected death of an individual with epilepsy can pose a challenge to death investigators, as most deaths are unwitnessed, and the individual is commonly found dead in bed. Anatomic findings (eg, tongue/lip bite) are commonly absent and of varying specificity, thereby limiting the evidence to implicate epilepsy as a cause of or contributor to death. Thus it is likely that death certificates significantly underrepresent the true number of deaths in which epilepsy was a factor. To address this, members of the National Association of Medical Examiners, North American SUDEP Registry, Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute, American Epilepsy Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention constituted an expert panel to generate evidence-based recommendations for the practice of death investigation and autopsy, toxicological analysis, interpretation of autopsy and toxicology findings, and death certification to improve the precision of death certificate data available for public health surveillance of epilepsy-related deaths...
March 1, 2018: Epilepsia
Deborah Stiffler, Brook Ayres, Cheyenne Fauvergue, Deborah Cullen
PURPOSE: A Black infant dies every 13 hours in the state of Indiana. The overall infant mortality rate in 2013 was 7.2 deaths per 1000 live births, but for Black infants, the rate was 15.3 deaths per 1000 live births. For over 20 years, placing an infant to sleep on his back has decreased the death rate from sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), but many Black families continue to advocate bed sharing, prone sleeping, and inappropriate bedding/sleep surfaces, predisposing an infant to a significantly higher risk for SUID/SIDS...
February 25, 2018: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
Cecilia Villa Etchegoyen, Guillermo Alberto Keller, Sebastian Mrad, Sixuan Cheng, Guillermo DiGirolamo
Drug-induced QT interval prolongation is the most frequent cause of Long QT syndrome (LQTS) in the clinical practice. This electrophysiological entity, produced by an extended duration of the myocardial repolarization and reflected as a prolonged QT interval in the superficial electrocardiogram (EKG), increases the risk of polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (Torsades de Pointes) appearance and sudden death. Certain antiarrhythmic drugs such as amiodarone, sotalol, quinidine, procainamide, verapamil and diltiazem are known as drugs that, due to their mechanism of action, prolong the QT interval, demanding constant monitorization...
February 23, 2018: Current Clinical Pharmacology
Phillip L Pearl, Annapurna Poduri, Sanjay P Prabhu, Chellamani Harini, Richard Goldstein, Richard M Atkinson, Dawna Armstrong, Hannah Kinney
The histopathology, "white matter spongiosis," defined by electron microscopy (EM) as "intramyelinic edema," has been associated with vigabatrin therapy in various animal models, but its role or significance in clinical studies is unknown. We conducted a neuropathological examination on a 27-month-old boy with bilateral polymicrogyria and epilepsy after sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The patient was initiated on vigabatrin at 4 months of age, which controlled infantile spasms, and was continued as maintenance therapy...
February 23, 2018: Epilepsia
Aalia Shariff, Joanne Olson, Anna Santos Salas, Lisa Cranley
BACKGROUND: Death is a common occurrence in intensive care units (IC Us) and the complexity of care makes it difficult for nurses to find a balance between the patient's physical needs and the family's emotional needs, especially in circumstances of unexpected death. Cumulative or unresolved grief for families can have lasting negative repercussions. Nurses, therefore, need access to bereavement education in order to provide optimal- bereavement support. PURPOSE: The purpose of this review is to identify challenges and facilitators that nurses experience in delivering bereavement support during and after sudden or unexpected death in ICUs...
May 2017: Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing
Jerónimo Auzmendi, Bruno Buchholz, Jimena Salguero, Carlos Cañellas, Jazmín Kelly, Paula Men, Marcela Zubillaga, Alicia Rossi, Amalia Merelli, Ricardo J Gelpi, Alberto J Ramos, Alberto Lazarowski
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the major cause of death in those patients suffering from refractory epilepsy (RE), with a 24-fold higher risk relative to the normal population. SUDEP risk increases with seizure frequency and/or seizure-duration as in RE and Status Epilepticus (SE). P-glycoprotein (P-gp), the product of the multidrug resistant ABCB1-MDR-1 gene, is a detoxifying pump that extrudes drugs out of the cells and can confer pharmacoresistance to the expressing cells. Neurons and cardiomyocytes normally do not express P-gp, however, it is overexpressed in the brain of patients or in experimental models of RE and SE...
February 16, 2018: Pharmaceuticals
Natalie Ambrose, Karen A Waters, Michael L Rodriguez, Kendall Bailey, Rita Machaalani
The purpose of this study was to examine the neuronal expression of apoptotic markers in the rostral medulla of a newly characterized dataset of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), and to determine the impact of diagnostic groupings on these findings and whether they pertain to the intrinsic apoptotic pathway. Immunohistochemical staining was quantified to determine the percentage of neurons positive for active caspase-9 (specific to the intrinsic apoptotic pathway), active caspase-3 (common to the intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic pathways) and Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase mediated dUTP nick-end labelling (TUNEL) (labels DNA fragmentation) in nine nuclei of the rostral medulla...
February 19, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Eun-Jung Bak, Yeonsook Jho, Gye-Hyeong Woo
Over a period of 7 years (2004-2011), samples from 34 diseased reptiles provided by local governments, zoos, and pet shops were tested for viral infection. Animals were diagnosed based on clinical signs, including loss of appetite, diarrhea, rhinorrhea, and unexpected sudden death. Most of the exotic animals had gastrointestinal problems, such as mucosal redness and ulcers, while the native animals had no clinical symptoms. Viral sequences were found in seven animals. Retroviral genes were amplified from samples from five Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus), an adenovirus was detected in a panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis), and an adenovirus and a paramyxovirus were detected in a tropical girdled lizard (Cordylus tropidosternum)...
February 19, 2018: Archives of Virology
Rainer Surges, Randi von Wrede, Thomas Porschen, Christian E Elger
BACKGROUND: There is evidence that the sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) risk can be reduced by good seizure control, nocturnal supervision, and by early cardiopulmonary resuscitation if cardiorespiratory arrest occurs in the aftermaths of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS). These measures, however, may critically depend on the knowledge of patients and relatives on SUDEP. Here, we assessed the basic knowledge on SUDEP of people with epilepsy at a tertiary epilepsy center in Germany...
February 14, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Joel L Bass, Tina Gartley, David A Lyczkowski, Ronald Kleinman
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the epidemiology of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) over a 20-year period in the US, to assess the potential frequency of sudden unexpected postnatal collapse in the early days of life, and to determine if SUID rates in the neonatal period (0-27 days) have changed in parallel with rates in the postneonatal periods, including the percentages attributed to codes that include accidental suffocation. STUDY DESIGN: Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Linked Birth/Infant Death Records for 1995-2014 were analyzed for the first hour, day, week, and month of life...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Olga Cozzolino, Maria Marchese, Francesco Trovato, Enrico Pracucci, Gian Michele Ratto, Maria Gabriella Buzzi, Federico Sicca, Filippo M Santorelli
Spreading depression (SD) is a neurophysiological phenomenon characterized by abrupt changes in intracellular ion gradients and sustained depolarization of neurons. It leads to loss of electrical activity, changes in the synaptic architecture, and an altered vascular response. Although SD is often described as a unique phenomenon with homogeneous characteristics, it may be strongly affected by the particular triggering event and by genetic background. Furthermore, SD may contribute differently to the pathogenesis of widely heterogeneous clinical conditions...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Patrick Elias, Chin Leng Poh, Karin du Plessis, Diana Zannino, Kathryn Rice, Dorothy J Radford, Andrew Bullock, Gavin R Wheaton, David S Celermajer, Yves d'Udekem
OBJECTIVES: The specific outcomes of patients with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum late after Fontan palliation are unknown. Patients with smaller right ventricles and myocardial sinusoids are known to have worse survival in the first years of life. Whether the potential for coronary ischaemia affects the long-term outcomes of these patients after Fontan palliation is still unknown. METHODS: All patients with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum who underwent the Fontan procedure from 1984 to 2016 in Australia and New Zealand were identified, and preoperative, perioperative and follow-up data were collected...
February 12, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Vikas Mishra, Nicole M Gautier, Edward Glasscock
In epilepsy, seizures can evoke cardiac rhythm disturbances such as heart rate changes, conduction blocks, asystoles, and arrhythmias, which can potentially increase risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) are widely used clinical diagnostic tools to monitor for abnormal brain and cardiac rhythms in patients. Here, a technique to simultaneously record video, EEG, and ECG in mice to measure behavior, brain, and cardiac activities, respectively, is described...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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