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Lynn Vermeulen, Johannes van Loon, Tom Theys, Jan Goffin, Kathleen Porke, Koen Van Laere, Karolien Goffin, Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Vincent Thijs, Wim Van Paesschen
We performed a retrospective outcome study of 199 patients who underwent resective epilepsy surgery from 1998 to 2012 and had a minimum of one-year follow-up at the University Hospitals Leuven. Our aim was to assess seizure outcome, prognostic factors for seizure outcome and complication rate. Good seizure outcome after surgery was 38 % at 5 years and 34 % at 10 years follow-up. Good seizure outcome over the previous year at last follow-up, however, was 77 %, which could be explained by the 'running-down phenomenon', i...
September 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Anne Marie Morse, Sanjeev V Kothare
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder among children and adolescents that is associated with increased mortality for numerous reasons. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy is a critically important entity for physicians who treat patients with epilepsy. Many pediatric neurologists are hesitant to discuss this condition with patients and families because of the lower risk in the pediatric age group. METHODS: We searched for studies published between January 2000 and June 2015 by means of a PubMed search and a cumulative review of reference lists of all relevant publications, using the keywords "sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients," "pediatric SUDEP," "sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients and children," "sudden unexpected death in children" and "sudden infant death syndrome...
April 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Marta Szmuda, Tomasz Szmuda, Janusz Springer, Marianna Rogowska, Agnieszka Sabisz, Mirosława Dubaniewicz, Maria Mazurkiewicz-Bełdzińska
PURPOSE: Recent years brought several experimental and clinical reports applying diffusion tensor tractography imaging (DTI) of the brain in epilepsy. This study was aimed to evaluate current evidence for adding the DTI sequence to the standard diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol in pediatric epilepsy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Rapid and qualitative systematic review (RAE, Rapid Evidence Assessment), aggregating relevant studies from the recent 7 years...
2016: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
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