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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428738/improved-localization-of-seizure-onset-zones-using-spatiotemporal-constraints-and-time-varying-source-connectivity
#1
Juan D Martinez-Vargas, Gregor Strobbe, Kristl Vonck, Pieter van Mierlo, German Castellanos-Dominguez
Presurgical evaluation of brain neural activity is commonly carried out in refractory epilepsy patients to delineate as accurately as possible the seizure onset zone (SOZ) before epilepsy surgery. In practice, any subjective interpretation of electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings is hindered mainly because of the highly stochastic behavior of the epileptic activity. We propose a new method for dynamic source connectivity analysis that aims to accurately localize the seizure onset zones by explicitly including temporal, spectral, and spatial information of the brain neural activity extracted from EEG recordings...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427143/activity-induced-spontaneous-spikes-in-gabaergic-neurons-suppress-seizure-discharges-an-implication-of-computational-modeling
#2
Wei Lu, Jing Feng, Bo Wen, Kewei Wang, Jin-Hui Wang
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy, a prevalent neurological disorder, appears self-termination. The endogenous mechanism for seizure self-termination remains to be addressed in order to develop new strategies for epilepsy treatment. We aim to examine the role of activity-induced spontaneous spikes at GABAergic neurons as an endogenous mechanism in the seizure self-termination. METHODS AND RESULTS: Neuronal spikes were induced by depolarization pulses at cortical GABAergic neurons from temporal lobe epilepsy patients and mice, in which some of these neurons fired activity-induced spontaneous spikes...
February 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425015/the-new-classification-of-seizures-by-the-international-league-against-epilepsy-2017
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REVIEW
Robert S Fisher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review presents the newly developed International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) 2017 classification of seizure types. RECENT FINDINGS: The fundamental distinction is between seizures that begin focally in one hemisphere of the brain, generalized onset seizures that apparently originate in both hemispheres, and seizures of unknown onset. Focal seizures optionally can be subclassified according to whether awareness (a surrogate marker for consciousness) is intact or impaired...
June 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420301/seizures-in-pediatric-patients-with-liver-transplant-and-efficacy-of-levetiracetam
#4
Betül Kılıç, Serdal Güngör, Müjgan Arslan, Mukadder Ayşe Selimoğlu, Sezai Yılmaz
The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk factors, clinical implications, and prognosis of new-onset seizures that occurred after pediatric liver transplantation, and to assess the efficacy of levetiracetam treatment. The clinical and laboratory data of liver transplanted 28 children who had seizures after liver transplantation and specifically of 18 children who received levetiracetam were analyzed retrospectively. Sixteen patients (88.9%) remained seizure-free and in 2 (11.1%), more than 50% reduction in seizures were detected with levetiracetam treatment...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416780/new-onset-epilepsy-in-the-elderly-clinical-radiological-and-electroencephalographic-features-and-treatment-responses
#5
Erum M Shariff, Fahd A AlKhamis
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate new onset epilepsy characteristics, etiology, radiological and electroencephalographic features and to document treatment response in the elderly. METHODS: This was a retrospective study carried out in King Fahd Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 2010 to 2013. Medical records were searched to recruit patients. Hundred and nineteen patients were enrolled who fulfill the inclusion criteria. Clinical data with respect to seizure semiology, etiology, electroencephalographic findings, radiological findings, co-morbidities, and anti-epileptic drug (AED) therapy were assessed...
April 2017: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412310/increased-seizure-susceptibility-and-other-toxicity-symptoms-following-acute-sulforaphane-treatment-in-mice
#6
Katarzyna Socała, Dorota Nieoczym, Edyta Kowalczuk-Vasilev, Elżbieta Wyska, Piotr Wlaź
Activation of Nrf2 with sulforaphane has recently gained attention as a new therapeutic approach in the treatment of many diseases, including epilepsy. As a plant-derived compound, sulforaphane is considered to be safe and well-tolerated. It is widely consumed, also by patients suffering from seizure and taking antiepileptic drugs, but no toxicity profile of sulforaphane exists. Since many natural remedies and dietary supplements may increase seizure risk and potentially interact with antiepileptic drugs, the aim of our study was to investigate the acute effects of sulforaphane on seizure thresholds and activity of some first- and second-generation antiepileptic drugs in mice...
April 12, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396650/new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus-with-claustrum-damage-definition-of-the-clinical-and-neuroimaging-features
#7
Stefano Meletti, Giada Giovannini, Giuseppe d'Orsi, Lisa Toran, Giulia Monti, Rahul Guha, Andreas Kiryttopoulos, Maria Grazia Pascarella, Tommaso Martino, Haris Alexopoulos, Martha Spilioti, Jana Slonkova
New-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE) is a rare but challenging condition occurring in a previously healthy patient, often with no identifiable cause. We describe the electro-clinical features and outcomes in a group of patients with NORSE who all demonstrated a typical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sign characterized by bilateral lesions of the claustrum. The group includes 31 patients (12 personal and 19 previously published cases; 17 females; mean age of 25 years). Fever preceded status epilepticus (SE) in 28 patients, by a mean of 6 days...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396294/chronic-ambulatory-electrocorticography-from-human-speech-cortex
#8
Vikram R Rao, Matthew K Leonard, Jonathan K Kleen, Ben A Lucas, Emily A Mirro, Edward F Chang
Direct intracranial recording of human brain activity is an important approach for deciphering neural mechanisms of cognition. Such recordings, usually made in patients with epilepsy undergoing inpatient monitoring for seizure localization, are limited in duration and depend on patients' tolerance for the challenges associated with recovering from brain surgery. Thus, typical intracranial recordings, similar to most non-invasive approaches in humans, provide snapshots of brain activity in acute, highly constrained settings, limiting opportunities to understand long timescale and natural, real-world phenomena...
April 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389307/de-novo-grin1-mutations-an-emerging-cause-of-severe-early-infantile-encephalopathy
#9
Yoav Zehavi, Hanna Mandel, Arie Zehavi, Muhammad Abu Rashid, Rachel Straussberg, Banan Jabur, Avraham Shaag, Orly Elpeleg, Ronen Spiegel
De novo GRIN1 mutations have recently been shown to cause severe intellectual disability, hypotonia, hyperkinetic and stereotyped movements, and epilepsy. We report two new cases of severe early onset encephalopathy associated with hyperkinetic and oculogyric-like movements, caused by mutations in the GRIN1 gene; both were identified by whole exome sequencing. One of the patients harbored the novel mutation p.Ser688Tyr and the other patient harbored the p.Gly827Arg mutation, which was previously reported in three patients...
April 4, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384730/intractable-epilepsy-and-progressive-cognitive-decline-in-a-young-man
#10
Alexander L Cohen, Lyell K Jones, Joseph E Parisi, James P Klaas
A young man with normal neurodevelopment presented with 3 years of medically refractory, progressive epilepsy and myoclonus. Initial examination included neuroimaging, electroencephalography, and biochemical analyses, all of which were unremarkable except for mildly enlarged ventricles. Over the following year, the patient experienced rapid cognitive decline with new-onset recurrent visual hallucinations and progressive lethargy. Results of subsequent electroencephalography and brain imaging were unchanged, and a fluorodeoxyglucose F 18 positron emission tomographic scan was normal...
April 3, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379373/genetic-and-phenotypic-heterogeneity-suggest-therapeutic-implications-in-scn2a-related-disorders
#11
Markus Wolff, Katrine M Johannesen, Ulrike B S Hedrich, Silvia Masnada, Guido Rubboli, Elena Gardella, Gaetan Lesca, Dorothée Ville, Mathieu Milh, Laurent Villard, Alexandra Afenjar, Sandra Chantot-Bastaraud, Cyril Mignot, Caroline Lardennois, Caroline Nava, Niklas Schwarz, Marion Gérard, Laurence Perrin, Diane Doummar, Stéphane Auvin, Maria J Miranda, Maja Hempel, Eva Brilstra, Nine Knoers, Nienke Verbeek, Marjan van Kempen, Kees P Braun, Grazia Mancini, Saskia Biskup, Konstanze Hörtnagel, Miriam Döcker, Thomas Bast, Tobias Loddenkemper, Lily Wong-Kisiel, Friedrich M Baumeister, Walid Fazeli, Pasquale Striano, Robertino Dilena, Elena Fontana, Federico Zara, Gerhard Kurlemann, Joerg Klepper, Jess G Thoene, Daniel H Arndt, Nicolas Deconinck, Thomas Schmitt-Mechelke, Oliver Maier, Hiltrud Muhle, Beverly Wical, Claudio Finetti, Reinhard Brückner, Joachim Pietz, Günther Golla, Dinesh Jillella, Karen M Linnet, Perrine Charles, Ute Moog, Eve Õiglane-Shlik, John F Mantovani, Kristen Park, Marie Deprez, Damien Lederer, Sandrine Mary, Emmanuel Scalais, Laila Selim, Rudy Van Coster, Lieven Lagae, Marina Nikanorova, Helle Hjalgrim, G Christoph Korenke, Marina Trivisano, Nicola Specchio, Berten Ceulemans, Thomas Dorn, Katherine L Helbig, Katia Hardies, Hannah Stamberger, Peter de Jonghe, Sarah Weckhuysen, Johannes R Lemke, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Ingo Helbig, Gerhard Kluger, Holger Lerche, Rikke S Møller
Mutations in SCN2A, a gene encoding the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.2, have been associated with a spectrum of epilepsies and neurodevelopmental disorders. Here, we report the phenotypes of 71 patients and review 130 previously reported patients. We found that (i) encephalopathies with infantile/childhood onset epilepsies (≥3 months of age) occur almost as often as those with an early infantile onset (<3 months), and are thus more frequent than previously reported; (ii) distinct phenotypes can be seen within the late onset group, including myoclonic-atonic epilepsy (two patients), Lennox-Gastaut not emerging from West syndrome (two patients), and focal epilepsies with an electrical status epilepticus during slow sleep-like EEG pattern (six patients); and (iii) West syndrome constitutes a common phenotype with a major recurring mutation (p...
March 4, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377246/awake-surgery-for-brain-vascular-malformations-and-moyamoya-disease
#12
Rami James N Aoun, Mithun G Sattur, Chandan Krishna, Amen Gupta, Matthew E Welz, Allan D Nanney, Antoun H Koht, Matthew C Tate, Katherine H Noe, Joseph I Sirven, Barrett J Anderies, Patrick B Bolton, Terry L Trentman, Richard S Zimmerman, Kristin R Swanson, Bernard R Bendok
OBJECTIVE: While a significant amount of experience has accumulated for awake procedures for brain tumor, epilepsy and carotid surgery, its utility for intracranial neurovascular indications remains largely undefined. Awake surgery, for select neurovascular cases, offers the advantage of precise brain mapping and robust neurological monitoring during surgery for lesions in eloquent areas, avoidance of potential hemodynamic instability, and possible faster recovery. Additionally, it opens the window for perilesional epileptogenic tissue resection with potentially less risk for iatrogenic injury...
April 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374950/remission-in-epilepsy-how-long-is-enough
#13
Matti Sillanpää, Dieter Schmidt, Maiju M Saarinen, Shlomo Shinnar
OBJECTIVE: The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) has proposed to expand the definition of remission to 10 years seizure-free with the last 5 years off antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). We examined if a 10-year remission is needed to predict the lowest recurrence risk. METHODS: The population-based study cohort consisted of 148 patients with new-onset childhood epilepsy living in the catchment area of Turku University Hospital. They were prospectively followed for 44 years (median)...
April 4, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373712/a-small-change-in-neuronal-network-topology-can-induce-explosive-synchronization-transition-and-activity-propagation-in-the-entire-network
#14
Zhenhua Wang, Changhai Tian, Mukesh Dhamala, Zonghua Liu
We here study explosive synchronization transitions and network activity propagation in networks of coupled neurons to provide a new understanding of the relationship between network topology and explosive dynamical transitions as in epileptic seizures and their propagations in the brain. We model local network motifs and configurations of coupled neurons and analyze the activity propagations between a group of active neurons to their inactive neuron neighbors in a variety of network configurations. We find that neuronal activity propagation is limited to local regions when network is highly clustered with modular structures as in the normal brain networks...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370719/brain-structure-and-organization-five-decades-after-childhood-onset-epilepsy
#15
Camille Garcia-Ramos, Sam Bobholz, Kevin Dabbs, Bruce Hermann, Juho Joutsa, Juha O Rinne, Mira Karrasch, Vivek Prabhakaran, Shlomo Shinnar, Matti Sillanpää
The purpose of this project was to characterize brain structure and organization in persons with active and remitted childhood onset epilepsy 50 years after diagnosis compared with healthy controls. Participants from a population-based investigation of uncomplicated childhood onset epilepsy were followed up 5 decades later. Forty-one participants had a history of childhood onset epilepsy (mean age of onset = 5.2 years, current chronological age = 56.0 years) and were compared with 48 population-based controls (mean age = 55...
April 3, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336934/low-frequency-stimulation-of-the-primary-focus-retards-positive-transfer-of-secondary-focus
#16
Yifang Kuang, Cenglin Xu, Yinxi Zhang, Yi Wang, Xiaohua Wu, Ying Wang, Yao Liu, Kai Zhong, Hui Cheng, Yi Guo, Shuang Wang, Meiping Ding, Zhong Chen
Positive transfer of secondary focus (PTS) refers to new epileptogenesis outside the primary focus and is minimally controlled by existing treatments. Low-frequency stimulation (LFS) has benefits on the onset of epilepsy and epileptogenesis. However, it's unclear whether LFS can retard the PTS in epilepsy. Here we found that PTS at both contralateral amygdala and ipsilateral hippocampus were promoted after the primary focus was fully kindled in rat kindling model. The promotion of PTS at the mirror focus started when the primary kindling acquisition reached focal seizures...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293101/new-developments-in-the-management-of-partial-onset-epilepsy-role-of-brivaracetam
#17
REVIEW
Giangennaro Coppola, Giulia Iapadre, Francesca Felicia Operto, Alberto Verrotti
Currently, a number of novel anticonvulsant drugs, the so-called third generation, are in various stages of development. Several of them are already available or in ongoing clinical trials. These new compounds should take advantage of new insights into the basic pathophysiology of epileptogenesis, drug metabolism and drug interactions. Many of them still need to be further evaluated mainly in real-world observational trials and registries. Among newer anticonvulsant drugs for partial-onset seizures (POSs), rufinamide, lacosamide, eslicarbazepine and perampanel are those new treatment options for which more substantial clinical evidence is currently available, both in adults and, to some extent, in children...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288225/-clinical-and-genetic-study-patients-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#18
Carla Rubilar, Francisca López, Mónica Troncoso, Andrés Barrios, Luisa Herrera
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a multisystem autosomal dominant disease caused by mutations in the tumor suppressor genes TSC1 or TSC2. OBJECTIVE: To characterize clinically and genetically patients diagnosed with TSC. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Descriptive study of clinical records of 42 patients from a pediatric neuropsychiatry department diagnosed with TSC and genetic study in 21 of them. The exon 15 of TSC1 gene and exons 33, 36 and 37 of TSC2 gene were amplified by polymerase chain reaction and sequenced...
February 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287071/auditory-seizures-in-autoimmune-epilepsy-a-case-with-anti-thyroid-antibodies
#19
Claudia Varrasi, Domizia Vecchio, Luca Magistrelli, Gionata Strigaro, Laura Tassi, Roberto Cantello
In its classic presentation, Hashimoto's encephalopathy is an acute-subacute complex neuropsychiatric syndrome with cognitive impairment, hallucinations, myoclonus, tremor or ataxia, associated with elevated anti-thyroid antibodies. Corticoids and immunotherapy are dramatically effective. However, in some cases, not all the associated features are presented and this delays diagnosis and appropriate treatment. We describe a man with abrupt onset of recurrent auditory seizures resulting in refractory non-convulsive status epilepticus...
March 8, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286775/demographics-and-clinical-features-of-postresuscitation-comorbidities-in-long-term-survivors-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-national-follow-up-study
#20
Chih-Pei Su, Jr-Hau Wu, Mei-Chueh Yang, Ching-Hui Liao, Hsiu-Ying Hsu, Chin-Fu Chang, Shou-Jen Lan, Chiao-Lee Chu, Yan-Ren Lin
The outcome of patients suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is very poor, and postresuscitation comorbidities increase long-term mortality. This study aims to analyze new-onset postresuscitation comorbidities in patients who survived from OHCA for over one year. The Taiwan National Health Insurance (NHI) Database was used in this study. Study and comparison groups were created to analyze the risk of suffering from new-onset postresuscitation comorbidities from 2011 to 2012 (until December 31, 2013)...
2017: BioMed Research International
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