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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820708/clinical-spectrum-etiology-and-outcome-of-neurological-disorders-in-the-rural-hospital-of-mosango-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Deby Mukendi, Jean-Roger Lilo Kalo, Alain Mpanya, Luigi Minikulu, Tharcisse Kayembe, Pascal Lutumba, Barbara Barbé, Philippe Gillet, Jan Jacobs, Harry Van Loen, Cedric P Yansouni, François Chappuis, Raffaella Ravinetto, Kristien Verdonck, Marleen Boelaert, Andrea S Winkler, Emmanuel Bottieau
There is little published information on the epidemiology of neurological disorders in rural Central Africa, although the burden is considered to be substantial. This study aimed to investigate the pattern, etiology, and outcome of neurological disorders in children > 5 years and adults admitted to the rural hospital of Mosango, province of Kwilu, Democratic Republic of Congo, with a focus on severe and treatable infections of the central nervous system (CNS). From September 2012 to January 2015, 351 consecutive patients hospitalized for recent and/or ongoing neurological disorder were prospectively evaluated by a neurologist, subjected to a set of reference diagnostic tests in blood or cerebrospinal fluid, and followed-up for 3-6 months after discharge...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797915/detecting-interictal-discharges-in-first-seizure-patients-ambulatory-eeg-or-eeg-after-sleep-deprivation
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I Geut, S Weenink, I L H Knottnerus, M J A M van Putten
PURPOSE: Uncertainty about recurrence after a first unprovoked seizure is a significant psychological burden for patients, and motivates the need for diagnostic tools with high sensitivity and specificity to assess recurrence risk. As the sensitivity of a routine EEG after a first unprovoked seizure is limited, patients often require further diagnostics. Here, we study if ambulatory EEG (aEEG) has similar diagnostic accuracy as sleep deprived EEG (sdEEG). METHODS: In this retrospective cohort, we included patients with an unprovoked first seizure and a normal routine EEG who subsequently underwent an sdEEG or aEEG...
August 2, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776646/postoperative-seizure-freedom-does-not-normalize-altered-connectivity-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Luigi Maccotta, Mayra A Lopez, Babatunde Adeyemo, Beau M Ances, Brian K Day, Lawrence N Eisenman, Joshua L Dowling, Eric C Leuthardt, Bradley L Schlaggar, Robert Edward Hogan
OBJECTIVES: Specific changes in the functional connectivity of brain networks occur in patients with epilepsy. Yet whether such changes reflect a stable disease effect or one that is a function of active seizure burden remains unclear. Here, we longitudinally assessed the connectivity of canonical cognitive functional networks in patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), both before and after patients underwent epilepsy surgery and achieved seizure freedom. METHODS: Seventeen patients with intractable TLE who underwent epilepsy surgery with Engel class I outcome and 17 matched healthy controls took part in the study...
August 3, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765170/herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-and-alzheimer-s-disease-possible-mechanisms-and-signposts
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REVIEW
Ruth F Itzhaki
Support for the concept that herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), when present in the brains of apolipoprotein E-ε4 carriers, is a major risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is increasing steadily, with over 120 publications providing direct or indirect evidence relevant to the hypothesis. No articles have contested the concept, apart from 3 published 13-18 yr ago. This review describes very recent studies on the role of HSV1 but refers also to older studies that provide background for some lesser-known related topics not covered in other recent reviews; these include the relevance of herpes simplex encephalitis and of epilepsy to AD, the action of IFN, and the possible relevance of the different types of DNA damage to AD-in particular, those caused by HSV1-and mechanisms of repair of damage...
August 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758580/chromosomal-micro-aberration-in-a-saudi-family-with-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Muhammad Imran Naseer, Adeel G Chaudhary, Sameera Sogaty, Mahmood Rasool, Sajjad Karim, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Fehmida Bibi, Peter Natesan Pushparaj, Hussein A Algahtani, Mohammad H Al-Qahtani
Epilepsy is genetically complex neurological disorder affecting millions of people of the world. Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is a most common epilepsy syndromes that starts in the teen age group commonly between ages 12 and 18, and lasts into adulthood. Out of 14 people with epilepsy one suffer with JME. Myoclonic seizures and muscle twitching or uncontrolled jerking are the most common type of seizure in the people suffering with JME. To observe the novel CNVs involved in JME we investigated a Saudi family with nine siblings with one male and one female affected members...
July 31, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756411/heterogeneous-contribution-of-microdeletions-in-the-development-of-common-generalised-and-focal-epilepsies
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Eduardo Pérez-Palma, Ingo Helbig, Karl Martin Klein, Verneri Anttila, Heiko Horn, Eva Maria Reinthaler, Padhraig Gormley, Andrea Ganna, Andrea Byrnes, Katharina Pernhorst, Mohammad R Toliat, Elmo Saarentaus, Daniel P Howrigan, Per Hoffman, Juan Francisco Miquel, Giancarlo V De Ferrari, Peter Nürnberg, Holger Lerche, Fritz Zimprich, Bern A Neubauer, Albert J Becker, Felix Rosenow, Emilio Perucca, Federico Zara, Yvonne G Weber, Dennis Lal
BACKGROUND: Microdeletions are known to confer risk to epilepsy, particularly at genomic rearrangement 'hotspot' loci. However, microdeletion burden not overlapping these regions or within different epilepsy subtypes has not been ascertained. OBJECTIVE: To decipher the role of microdeletions outside hotspots loci and risk assessment by epilepsy subtype. METHODS: We assessed the burden, frequency and genomic content of rare, large microdeletions found in a previously published cohort of 1366 patients with genetic generalised epilepsy (GGE) in addition to two sets of additional unpublished genome-wide microdeletions found in 281 patients with rolandic epilepsy (RE) and 807 patients with adult focal epilepsy (AFE), totalling 2454 cases...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746029/early-tissue-damage-and-microstructural-reorganization-predict-disease-severity-in-experimental-epilepsy
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Philipp Janz, Niels Schwaderlapp, Katharina Heining, Ute Häussler, Jan G Korvink, Dominik von Elverfeldt, Jürgen Hennig, Ulrich Egert, Pierre LeVan, Carola A Haas
Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is the most common focal epilepsy in adults and is often refractory to medication. So far, resection of the epileptogenic focus represents the only curative therapy. It is unknown whether pathological processes preceding epilepsy onset are indicators of later disease severity. Using longitudinal multi-modal MRI, we monitored hippocampal injury and tissue reorganization during epileptogenesis in a mouse mTLE model. The prognostic value of MRI biomarkers was assessed by retrospective correlations with pathological hallmarks Here, we show for the first time that the extent of early hippocampal neurodegeneration and progressive microstructural changes in the dentate gyrus translate to the severity of hippocampal sclerosis and seizure burden in chronic epilepsy...
July 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744804/affective-symptoms-and-determinants-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-mexican-people-with-epilepsy
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Carlos R Camara-Lemarroy, Mariana Hoyos, Beatriz E Ibarra-Yruegas, Marco A Díaz-Torres, Rolando De León
Epilepsy is known to be associated with multiple psychiatric comorbidities, such as depression, sleep-disorders, and anxiety. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and impact of affective symptoms over health-related quality of life (QOL) in Mexican people with epilepsy (PWE). We performed a cross-sectional observational study on 73 consecutive PWE and corresponding age- and sex-matched controls. HrQOL was assessed using the QOLIE-10 (QOL in Epilepsy-10) instrument. Clinical and demographic characteristics were recorded, and instruments evaluating depressive/anxiety symptoms, sleep quality, and insomnia were completed...
July 25, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727274/the-effect-of-depression-and-side-effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs-on-injuries-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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S Gur-Ozmen, M Mula, N Agrawal, H R Cock, D Lozsadi, T J von Oertzen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: People with epilepsy are at increased risk of accidents and injuries but, despite several studies on this subject, data regarding preventable causes are still contradictory. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between injuries, side effects of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and depression. METHODS: Data from a consecutive sample of adult patients with epilepsy attending the outpatient clinics at St George's University Hospital in London were included...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722103/decreased-levels-of-active-upa-and-klk8-assessed-by-111-in-mica-401-binding-correlate-with-the-seizure-burden-in-an-animal-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Stephan Missault, Lore Peeters, Halima Amhaoul, David Thomae, Annemie Van Eetveldt, Barbara Favier, Anagha Thakur, Jeroen Van Soom, Asla Pitkänen, Koen Augustyns, Jurgen Joossens, Steven Staelens, Stefanie Dedeurwaerdere
OBJECTIVE: Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and kallikrein-related peptidase 8 (KLK8) are serine proteases that contribute to extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling after brain injury. They can be labelled with the novel radiotracer [(111) In]MICA-401. As the first step in exploring the applicability of [(111) In]MICA-401 in tracing the mechanisms of postinjury ECM reorganization in vivo, we performed in vitro and ex vivo studies, assessing [(111) In]MICA-401 distribution in the brain in two animal models: kainic acid-induced status epilepticus (KASE) and controlled cortical impact (CCI)-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
July 19, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721058/clinical-patterns-and-outcomes-of-status-epilepticus-in-patients-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Hatem S Shehata, Hadeer Mahmoud AbdelGhaffar, Mohammed Nasreldin, Alaa Elmazny, Ahmed Abdelalim, Asmaa Sabbah, Nevin M Shalaby
INTRODUCTION: Refractory epilepsy is a common clinical manifestation in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which can be complicated by many life-threatening conditions, such as status epilepticus (SE). However, very few reports mention the patterns and semiology of SE in those patients. OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical characteristics and outcomes of SE in TSC patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This observational, prospective study was carried out on 36 Egyptian children with definite TSC...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714130/nocturnal-seizures-are-associated-with-more-severe-hypoxemia-and-increased-risk-of-postictal-generalized-eeg-suppression
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Véronique Latreille, Myriam Abdennadher, Barbara A Dworetzky, Judith Ramel, David White, Eliot Katz, Marcin Zarowski, Sanjeev Kothare, Milena Pavlova
Patients with epilepsy have 20-fold risk of sudden death when compared to the general population. Uncontrolled seizures is the most consistent risk factor, and death often occurs at night or in relation to sleep. We examined seizure-related respiratory disturbances in sleep versus wakefulness, focusing on periictal oxygen saturation. Respiratory measures were examined in 48 recorded seizures (sleep, n = 23, wake, n = 25) from 20 adult patients with epilepsy. Seizures from sleep were associated with lower saturation, as compared to seizures from wakefulness, both during ictal (sleep median = 90...
July 17, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708842/evaluating-whole-genome-sequence-data-from-the-genetic-absence-epilepsy-rat-from-strasbourg-and-its-related-non-epileptic-strain
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Pablo M Casillas-Espinosa, Kim L Powell, Mingfu Zhu, C Ryan Campbell, Jessica M Maia, Zhong Ren, Nigel C Jones, Terence J O'Brien, Slavé Petrovski
OBJECTIVE: The Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats from Strasbourg (GAERS) are an inbreed Wistar rat strain widely used as a model of genetic generalised epilepsy with absence seizures. As in humans, the genetic architecture that results in genetic generalized epilepsy in GAERS is poorly understood. Here we present the strain-specific variants found among the epileptic GAERS and their related Non-Epileptic Control (NEC) strain. The GAERS and NEC represent a powerful opportunity to identify neurobiological factors that are associated with the genetic generalised epilepsy phenotype...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651170/an-analysis-of-quality-of-life-qol-in-patients-with-epilepsy-and-comorbid-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-pnes-after-vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns
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Andrew C Vivas, Christian J Reitano, Hena Waseem, Selim R Benbadis, Fernando L Vale
PURPOSE: Patients with epilepsy (PWE) may suffer from comorbid psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). The efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in the treatment of epilepsy and depression is established, however the impact on PNES is unknown. Since many patients with PNES have comorbid depression, we explored the impact on quality of life (QOL) that VNS has on PWE and PNES. METHODS: The video electroencephalogram (vEEG) of all patients who underwent VNS at our institution was reviewed...
June 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623838/economic-analysis-of-an-epilepsy-outreach-model-of-care-in-a-university-hospital-setting
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Eimer Maloney, Ronan N McGinty, Daniel J Costello
The prevalence of epilepsy in people with intellectual disability is higher than in the general population and prevalence rates increase with increasing levels of disability. Prevalence rates of epilepsy are highest among those living in residential care. The healthcare needs of people with intellectual disability and epilepsy are complex and deserve special consideration in terms of healthcare provision and access to specialist epilepsy clinics, which are usually held in acute hospital campuses. This patient population is at risk of suboptimal care because of significant difficulties accessing specialist epilepsy care which is typically delivered in the environs of acute hospitals...
June 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623752/process-evaluation-of-a-multi-component-self-management-intervention-for-adults-with-epilepsy-zmile-study
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Loes A M Leenen, Ben F M Wijnen, Jolanda C M van Haastregt, Reina J A de Kinderen, Silvia M A A Evers, Marian H J M Majoie, Caroline M van Heugten
BACKGROUND: People with epilepsy need to monitor and manage their symptoms. They, as well as their relatives, have to deal with the psychological burden, reflected in a reduced quality of life. Support in self-management can be of importance. We have developed a multi-component self-management intervention for patients and their relatives (MCI). This eight-week group intervention is conducted by nurse practitioners and consists of six two-hour sessions. The main components are: 1) providing self-management education, 2) stimulating proactive coping and goal-setting and 3) facilitating peer and social support...
June 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623728/epilepsy-surgery-in-patients-older-than-50-years-effectiveness-safety-and-predictors-of-outcome
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Piergiorgio d' Orio, Veronica Pelliccia, Francesca Gozzo, Francesco Cardinale, Laura Castana, Giorgio Lo Russo, Gabriella Bottini, Pina Scarpa, Massimo Cossu
PURPOSE: Surgery is an effective treatment for drug resistant focal epilepsy. Predictors of seizure outcome have been extensively addressed in the general population but similar data on older patients are still lacking. The aim of this study is to evaluate effectiveness and safety of surgery for patients over 50 years and to investigate variables associated to seizure outcome. METHODS: We performed a single center retrospective study including 50 patients over 50 years treated surgically for drug resistant focal epilepsy between 1997 and 2014...
June 10, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615981/human-taeniasis-current-insights-into-prevention-and-management-strategies-in-endemic-countries
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REVIEW
Anna L Okello, Lian Francesca Thomas
Human taeniasis is a zoonotic condition resulting from infection with the adult stages of Taenia saginata ("beef tapeworm"), Taenia solium ("pork tapeworm") or Taenia asiatica ("Asian tapeworm"). Although these parasites have a worldwide distribution, the overwhelming burden is felt by communities in low- and middle-income countries. This is particularly true for T. solium, whereby infection of the central nervous system with the larval stage of the parasite (neurocysticercosis) is a major cause of acquired epilepsy in low-resource settings...
2017: Risk Management and Healthcare Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609734/assessment-of-treatment-patterns-and-healthcare-costs-associated-with-probable-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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J Eric Piña-Garza, Georgia D Montouris, Francis Vekeman, Wendy Y Cheng, Edward Tuttle, Philippe Giguere-Duval, Mei Sheng Duh, Vivienne Shen, Timothy B Saurer, Jouko Isojarvi
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a chronic and severe form of epilepsy characterized by intractable seizures, cognitive impairment, and abnormal electroencephalogram findings with slow spike-wave complexes. It typically presents before age 8, but symptoms continue into adulthood and require lifelong treatment associated with significant clinical burden. Data on LGS-associated healthcare utilization and costs are limited. In this study we use a claims-based LGS classifier based on random forest methodology to identify patients with probable LGS from the a Medicaid multi-state database and assess its prevalence across the age spectrum, healthcare utilization, treatment patterns, costs, and comorbid conditions...
June 10, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605632/seizure-related-variables-are-predictive-of-attention-and-memory-in-children-with-epilepsy
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Danielle N Lordo, Ryan Van Patten, Eliana L Sudikoff, Lisa Harker
Children with epilepsy (CWE) are at greater risk for cognitive deficits and behavioral difficulties than are typically developing healthy children, and particular epileptic symptoms and treatments may contribute to this risk. The current study examined the relationships between four seizure-related variables and attention and memory functioning in a sample of 207 CWE (ages 6-16) using both neurocognitive and parent/teacher-report measures. Sociodemographic, medical, and neuropsychological data were collected from patients' medical charts in a retrospective fashion...
June 9, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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