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  1. Mapping of cognitive functions in chronic intractable epilepsy: Role of fMRI

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    Kapil Chaudhary; S Senthil Kumaran; Chandra, Sarat P; Ashima Nehra Wadhawan; Manjari Tripathi

    2014-01-01

    Background: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a non-invasive technique with high spatial resolution and blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) contrast, has been applied to localize and map cognitive functions in the clinical condition of chronic intractable epilepsy. Purpose: fMRI was used to map the language and memory network in patients of chronic intractable epilepsy pre- and post-surgery. Materials and Methods: After obtaining approval from the institutional ethics committee, s...

  2. Definition of intractable epilepsy.

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    Sinha, Shobhit; Siddiqui, Khurram A

    2011-01-01

    Defining intractable epilepsy is essential not only to identify up to 40% of patients refractory to pharmacological management, but also to facilitate selection and comparison of such patients for research purposes. The ideal definition still eludes us. Multiple factors including number of antiepileptic drug (AED) failures, seizure frequency and duration of unresponsiveness, etiology, and epilepsy syndromes are considered in formulating the definition of pharmaco-resistant epilepsy. Most definitions used in the literature agree on the number of AED failures, which seem to be 2 or 3, however, the seizure frequency and time factor are varied. The International League Against Epilepsy proposed a definition of drug-resistant epilepsy as a failure of adequate trials of 2 tolerated and appropriately chosen and used AED schedules. This for now, could provide an operational definition for clinical and research settings. However, with emergence of new data and novel treatments the criteria for intractability may change.

  3. Mapping of cognitive functions in chronic intractable epilepsy: Role of fMRI

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    Kapil Chaudhary

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, a non-invasive technique with high spatial resolution and blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD contrast, has been applied to localize and map cognitive functions in the clinical condition of chronic intractable epilepsy. Purpose: fMRI was used to map the language and memory network in patients of chronic intractable epilepsy pre- and post-surgery. Materials and Methods: After obtaining approval from the institutional ethics committee, six patients with intractable epilepsy with an equal number of age-matched controls were recruited in the study. A 1.5 T MR scanner with 12-channel head coil, integrated with audio-visual fMRI accessories was used. Echo planar imaging sequence was used for BOLD studies. There were two sessions in TLE (pre- and post-surgery. Results: In TLE patients, BOLD activation increased post-surgery in comparison of pre-surgery in inferior frontal gyrus (IFG, middle frontal gyrus (MFG, and superior temporal gyrus (STG, during semantic lexical, judgment, comprehension, and semantic memory tasks. Conclusion: Functional MRI is useful to study the basic concepts related to language and memory lateralization in TLE and guide surgeons for preservation of important brain areas during ATLR. This will help in understanding future directions for the diagnosis and treatment of such disease.

  4. Predictors of intractable childhood epilepsy

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    To determine the prognosis of seizures in epileptic children and identify early predictors of intractable childhood epilepsy. All children (aged 1 month to 16 years) with idiopathic or cryptogenic epilepsy who were treated and followed at the centre during the study period were included. The patients who had marked seizures even after two years of adequate treatment were labeled as intractable epileptics (cases). Children who had no seizure for more than one year at last follow-up visit were the controls. Adequate treatment was described as using at least three anti-epileptic agents either alone or in combination with proper compliance and dosage. Records of these patients were reviewed to identify the variables that may be associated with seizure intractability. Of 442 epileptic children, 325 (74%) intractable and 117 (26%) control epileptics were included in the study. Male gender (OR=3.92), seizures onset in infancy >10 seizures before starting treatment (OR=3.76), myoclonic seizures (OR=1.37), neonatal seizures (OR=3.69), abnormal EEG (OR=7.28) and cryptogenic epilepsy (OR=9.69) and head trauma (OR=4.07) were the factors associated with intractable epilepsy. Seizure onset between 5-7 years of age, idiopathic epilepsy, and absence seizures were associated with favourable prognosis in childhood epilepsy. Intractable childhood epilepsy is expected if certain risk factors such as type, age of onset, gender and cause of epilepsy are found. Early referral of such patients to the specialized centres is recommended for prompt and optimal management. (author)

  5. Imaging of intractable paediatric epilepsy

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    Sanjay Prabhu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Approximately 20% of paediatric patients with epilepsy are refractory to medical therapies. In this subgroup of patients, neuroimaging plays an important role in identifying an epileptogenic focus. Successful identification of a structural lesion results in a better outcome following epilepsy surgery. Advances in imaging technologies, methods of epileptogenic region localisation and refinement of clinical evaluation of this group of patients in epilepsy centres have helped to widen the spectrum of children who could potentially benefit from surgical treatment. In this review, we discuss ways to optimise imaging techniques, list typical imaging features of common pathologies that can cause epilepsy, and potential pitfalls to be aware of whilst reviewing imaging studies in this challenging group of patients. The importance of multidisciplinary meetings to analyse and synthesise all the non-invasive data is emphasised. Our objectives are: to describe the four phases of evaluation of children with drug-resistant localisation-related epilepsy; to describe optimal imaging techniques that can help maximise detection of epileptogenic foci; to describe a systematic approach to reviewing magnetic resonance imaging of children with intractable epilepsy; to describe the features of common epileptogenic substrates; to list potential pitfalls whilst reviewing imaging studies in these patients; and to highlight the value of multimodality and interdisciplinary approaches to the management of this group of children.

  6. Surgical decisions regarding medically intractable epilepsy.

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    Spencer, D D; Pappas, C T

    1992-01-01

    The neurosurgeon's primary intention in epilepsy care is to cure patients with medically intractable seizures. If cure cannot be achieved, reduction of the frequency and intensity of the seizures may be worthwhile. With these goals, work-up of the patients must be thoroughly carried out to localize the seizure focus and to demarcate surrounding functional brain. Once the seizure focus and pattern are well understood, the surgical decision can be based on a logical and flexible decision tree. Potential complications and past statistics must also enter into the decision process. With these factors combined, the routine and special needs for each patient can be accommodated. The advancing modalities of AVEEG monitoring and imaging, coupled with more sophisticated surgical techniques resulting in predictably good outcomes, have moved surgery for medically intractable epilepsy from a few dedicated centers to universal component of our health care. Increasing numbers of young patients afflicted with this chronic debilitating disease can expect freedom from social and employer ostracism, a chance to drive, and an opportunity for freedom from family or other caretaker dependence. Advancement in this will continue as neurosurgeons blend their knowledge of basic neurobiology and the clinical sciences. PMID:1537203

  7. MODIFIED ATKINS DIET FOR INTRACTABLE CHILDHOOD EPILEPSY

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    Mohammad BARZEGAR

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveThe aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of a modified Atkins diet for intractable childhood epilepsy.Materials & MethodsTwenty one children with medically intractable epilepsy were enrolled in the study. Inclusion criteria were at least four seizures per month and a trial of at least three anticonvulsants without becoming seizure-free. The subjects received the diet over a 6-month period.ResultsThree months after diet initiation, 15 patients (71.4% remained on the diet and 12 (57.1% had >50% seizure reduction. Eleven patients (52.4% completed the 6-month study and 8 (38.1% chose to remain on the diet afterward. At 6 months, 9 patients (42.8% had >50% seizure reduction. The diet was more effective in cryptogenic epilepsy (p=0.032. Most complications were transient and successfully managed by careful follow-up and conservative strategies.ConclusionThe modified Atkins diet is an effective and well- tolerated therapy for intractable childhood epilepsy.Keywords:Atkins diet, ketogenic diet,intractable epilepsy, children

  8. MODIFIED ATKINS DIET FOR INTRACTABLE CHILDHOOD EPILEPSY

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    Mohammad BARZEGAR

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveThe aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of a modified Atkins diet for intractable childhood epilepsy.Materials & MethodsTwenty one children with medically intractable epilepsy were enrolled in the study. Inclusion criteria were at least four seizures per month and a trial of at least three anticonvulsants without becoming seizure-free. The subjects received the diet over a 6-month period.ResultsThree months after diet initiation, 15 patients (71.4% remained on the diet and 12 (57.1% had >50% seizure reduction. Eleven patients (52.4% completed the 6-month study and 8 (38.1% chose to remain on the diet afterward. At 6 months, 9 patients (42.8% had >50% seizure reduction. The diet was more effective in cryptogenic epilepsy (p=0.032. Most complications were transient and successfully managed by careful follow-up and conservative strategies.ConclusionThe modified Atkins diet is an effective and well- tolerated therapy for intractable childhood epilepsy

  9. Surgery for Intractable Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in Young Children

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of temporal resection for medically intractable epilepsy in 20 children less than age 5 years with at least 2 years follow-up are reported from Miami Children's Hospital, Florida.

  10. Efficacy of the Atkins diet as therapy for intractable epilepsy.

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    Kossoff, Eric H; Krauss, Gregory L; McGrogan, Jane R; Freeman, John M

    2003-12-23

    The ketogenic diet is effective for treating seizures in children with epilepsy. The Atkins diet can also induce a ketotic state, but has fewer protein and caloric restrictions, and has been used safely by millions of people worldwide for weight reduction. Six patients, aged 7 to 52 years, were started on the Atkins diet for the treatment of intractable focal and multifocal epilepsy. Five patients maintained moderate to large ketosis for periods of 6 weeks to 24 months; three patients had seizure reduction and were able to reduce antiepileptic medications. This provides preliminary evidence that the Atkins diet may have a role as therapy for patients with medically resistant epilepsy.

  11. Structural and functional neuroimaging in intractable epilepsy

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    Chinchure Swati; Kesavadas Chandrasekharan; Thomas Bejoy

    2010-01-01

    Medical management remains unsatisfactory in about a third of patients with epilepsy and some of them are candidates for resective epilepsy surgery. Structural and functional neuroimaging plays an important role in the identification of the precise cortical region responsible for seizures and is very crucial for a good surgical outcome. Furthermore, identification of eloquent cortical areas near the region to be resected is essential to avoid postoperative neurologic deficit. The magnetic res...

  12. Structural and functional neuroimaging in intractable epilepsy

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    Chinchure Swati

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Medical management remains unsatisfactory in about a third of patients with epilepsy and some of them are candidates for resective epilepsy surgery. Structural and functional neuroimaging plays an important role in the identification of the precise cortical region responsible for seizures and is very crucial for a good surgical outcome. Furthermore, identification of eloquent cortical areas near the region to be resected is essential to avoid postoperative neurologic deficit. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI protocol for epilepsy can be individually tailored depending on the seizure semiology and possibly electroencephalography. New MRI techniques demonstrate the structure of the brain in fine detail, help in understanding the underlying pathology, and demonstrate functional activity of the brain with high spatial and temporal resolution. Metabolic imaging techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET and single photon emission tomography (SPECT visualize metabolic alterations of the brain in the ictal and interictal states. In MR-negative epilepsy patients, these techniques may have localizing value. The proper use and interpretation of the findings provided by these new technologies is crucial. In this review article, we discuss various conventional and advanced MRI techniques, interpretation of various findings, and the role of functional imaging modalities, such as functional MRI, PET, and SPECT in the localization of epileptogenic substrate as well as for understanding the pathophysiology, propagation, and neurochemical correlates of epilepsy.

  13. Chronic intractable diarrhea caused by gastrointestinal mastocytosis.

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    Seo, Hyungil; Park, Sang Hyoung; Byeon, Jeong-Sik; Woo, Chang Gok; Hong, Seung-Mo; Chang, Kiju; So, Hoonsub; Kwak, Minseob; Kim, Wan Soo; Lee, Jeong-Mi; Yang, Dong-Hoon; Kim, Kyung-Jo; Ye, Byong Duk; Myung, Seung-Jae; Yang, Suk-Kyun

    2016-07-01

    As mast cells have been highlighted in the pathogenesis of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, a new term "mastocytic enterocolitis" was suggested by Jakate and colleagues to describe an increase in mucosal mast cells in patients with chronic intractable diarrhea and favorable response to treatment with antihistamines. Although it is not an established disease entity, two cases have been reported in the English medical literature. Here, for the first time in Asia, we report another case of chronic intractable diarrhea caused by gastrointestinal mastocytosis. The patient was a 70-year-old male with chronic intractable diarrhea for 3 months; the cause of the diarrhea remained obscure even after exhaustive evaluation. However, biopsy specimens from the jejunum were found to have increased mast cell infiltration, and the patient was successfully treated with antihistamines. PMID:27433151

  14. Onset of intractability and its course over time : The Dutch study of epilepsy in childhood

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    Geerts, Ada; Brouwer, Oebele; Stroink, Hans; van Donselaar, Cees; Peters, Boudewijn; Peeters, Els; Arts, Willem F.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Intractability in epilepsy is difficult to define, and little is known about its onset, course, and duration. We investigated these aspects (as well as the occurrence of intractability) during long-term follow-up in patients with epilepsy, focusing on possible explanations for the variation

  15. Qualitative and Quantitative Hippocampal MRI Assessments in Intractable Epilepsy

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    Paramdeep Singh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims. To acquire normative data of hippocampal volumes and T2 relaxation times, to evaluate and compare qualitative and quantitative assessments in evaluating hippocampi in patients with different durations of intractable epilepsy, and to propose an imaging protocol based on performance of these techniques. Methods. MRI analysis was done in 50 nonepileptic controls and 30 patients with intractable epilepsy on 1.5T scanner. Visual assessment and hippocampal volumetry were done on oblique coronal IR/T2W and T1W MP-RAGE images, respectively. T2 relaxation times were measured using 16-echo Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill sequence. Volumetric data was normalized for variation in head size between individuals. Patients were divided into temporal ( and extratemporal ( groups based on clinical and EEG localization. Results. In controls, right hippocampal volume was slightly more than the left with no effect of age or gender. In TLE patients, hippocampal volumetry provided maximum concordance with EEG. Visual assessment of unilateral pathology concurred well with measured quantitative values but poorly in cases with bilateral pathologies. There were no significant differences of mean values between extratemporal group and controls group. Quantitative techniques detected mild abnormalities, undetected on visual assessment. Conclusions. Quantitative techniques are more sensitive to diagnose bilateral and mild unilateral hippocampal abnormalities.

  16. EFFICACY OF THE KETOGENIC DIET AS A THERAPY FOR INTRACTABLE EPILEPSY IN CHILDREN

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    MIRJAVADI Seyed Alireza; TONEKABONI, Seyed Hassan; GHAZAVI, Mohammadreza; Azargashb, Eznollah; ABDOLLAH GORJI, Fatemeh; Mohammad GHOFRANI

    2010-01-01

    ObjectiveTo determine the role of ketogenic diet in the treatment of intractable epilepsy in children.Materials & MethodsSixty six consecutive children (1-16 years old) with intractable epilepsy whose seizure were not neurodegenerative nor febrile in origin were recruited. They received the ketogenic diet and we evaluated its effect on seizure frequency for 3 months. All these children had more than five seizures per week despite adequate therapy with at least 3-4 anticonvulsant medications. ...

  17. Melatonin and sleep-related problems in children with intractable epilepsy.

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    Elkhayat, Hamed A; Hassanein, Sahar M; Tomoum, Hoda Y; Abd-Elhamid, Iman A; Asaad, Tarek; Elwakkad, Amany S

    2010-04-01

    Children with epilepsy have high rates of sleep problems. Melatonin has been advocated in treatment of sleep disorders, and its beneficial effect has been confirmed in insomnia. The aim of this study was to assess melatonin levels in children with intractable epilepsy and its relation to pattern of sleep and characteristics of seizure disorder, as well as the effect of melatonin therapy on those parameters. The study was conducted on 23 children with intractable epilepsy and 14 children with controlled seizures. Patients were evaluated by psychometric sleep assessment and assay of diurnal and nocturnal melatonin levels. Children with intractable epilepsy received oral melatonin before bedtime. They were reassessed after 3 months. Children with intractable epilepsy had higher scores for each category of sleep walking, forcible teeth grinding, and sleep apnea. At the end of therapeutic trial, patients with intractable epilepsy exhibited significant improvement in bedtime resistance, sleep duration, sleep latency, frequent nocturnal arousals, sleep walking, excessive daytime sleepiness, nocturnal enuresis, forcible teeth grinding, sleep apnea, and Epworth sleepiness scores. There was also significant reduction in seizure severity. Thus, use of melatonin in patients with intractable seizures was associated with improvement of both many sleep-related phenomena and the severity of seizures. PMID:20304327

  18. TCM Treatment for Two Cases of Chronic and Intractable Eczema

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    He Kuanqi; Zhu Hanting

    2008-01-01

    @@ The author treated 2 cases of chronic and intractable eczema,who were once treated by western drugs without good results,with Chinese medicine and obtained satisfactory therapeutic effects.Now it is reported as follows.

  19. Mirror Focus in a Patient with Intractable Occipital Lobe Epilepsy

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    Kim, Jiyoung; Shin, Hae kyung; Hwang, Kyoung Jin; Choi, Su Jung; Joo, Eun Yeon; Hong, Seung Bong; Hong, Seung Chul; Seo, Dae-Won

    2014-01-01

    Mirror focus is one of the evidence of progression in epilepsy, and also has practical points for curative resective epilepsy surgery. The mirror foci are related to the kindling phenomena that occur through interhemispheric callosal or commissural connections. A mirror focus means the secondary epileptogenic foci develop in the contralateral hemispheric homotopic area. Thus mirror foci are mostly reported in patients with temporal or frontal lobe epilepsy, but not in occipital lobe epilepsy....

  20. Comparison of Serum Zinc and Copper levels in Children and adolescents with Intractable and Controlled Epilepsy

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    Zeynab KHERADMAND; Bahram YARALI; Ahad ZARE; POURPAK, Zahra; Shams, Sedigheh; Mahmoud Reza ASHRAFI

    2014-01-01

    How to Cite This Article: Kheradmand Z, Yarali B, Zare A, Pourpak Z, Shams S, Ashrafi MR. Comparison of Serum Zinc and Copper levels in Children and adolescents with Intractable and Controlled Epilepsy. Iran J Child Neurol. 2014; 8(3):49-54. AbstractObjectiveTrace elements such as zinc and copper have physiological effects on neuronal excitability that may play a role in the etiology of intractable epilepsy. This topic has been rarely discussed in Iranian epileptic patients.This study with th...

  1. Voxel based morphometry of FLAIR MRI in children with intractable focal epilepsy: Implications for surgical intervention

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    Purpose: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in particular fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR), has transformed the delineation of structural brain pathology associated with focal epilepsy. However, to date there is no literature on voxel based morphometry (VBM) of FLAIR in children with epilepsy. The aim of this study was to explore the role of visual and VBM assessment of FLAIR in pre-operative investigation of children with intractable focal epilepsy. Methods: Children with intractable epilepsy due to focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) and children with intractable cryptogenic focal epilepsy (CFE) were investigated. FLAIR and T1-weighted MRI were acquired on a 1.5T MRI scanner (Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). VBM was performed using SPM5 (Wellcome Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London). Results: Eight children with FCD (M = 5, age 7.9–17.3 years) and 14 children with CFE (M = 8, 7.8–16.8 years) were enrolled. VBM of FLAIR detected 7/8 (88%) of FCD whilst VBM of T1-weighted MRI detected only 3/8 (38%) FCD. VBM of FLAIR detected abnormality in 4/14 children with CFE, in 2/14 (14%) the abnormality was concordant with other data on the epileptogenic zone and with visible abnormality on repeat visual inspection of MR data. VBM of T1-weighed MRI detected abnormality in 2/14 children with CFE, none of which correlated with visible abnormality. Discussion: This study highlights the important role that FLAIR imaging has in the pre-operative assessment of children with intractable epilepsy. VBM of FLAIR may provide important information allowing selection of children with intractable CFE who are likely to benefit from further neuroradiological or neurophysiological evaluation.

  2. Growth Failure in Children with Intractable Epilepsy Is Not Due to Increased Resting Energy Expenditure

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    Bergqvist, A. G. Christina; Trabulsi, Jillian; Schall, Joan I.; Stallings, Virginia A.

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the resting energy expenditure (REE) of children with intractable epilepsy (IE) compared with healthy children, and to determine factors that contribute to the pattern of REE. REE, growth status, and body composition were assessed in 25 prepubertal children with IE (15 males, 10 females; mean age 5y 5mo [SD 2y…

  3. Outcomes of Disconnective Surgery in Intractable Pediatric Hemispheric and Subhemispheric Epilepsy

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    Santhosh George Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To study the outcome of disconnective epilepsy surgery for intractable hemispheric and sub-hemispheric pediatric epilepsy. Methods: A retrospective analysis of the epilepsy surgery database was done in all children (age <18 years who underwent a peri-insular hemispherotomy (PIH or a peri-insular posterior quadrantectomy (PIPQ from April 2000 to March 2011. All patients underwent a detailed pre surgical evaluation. Seizure outcome was assessed by the Engel’s classification and cognitive skills by appropriate measures of intelligence that were repeated annually. Results: There were 34 patients in all. Epilepsy was due to Rasmussen’s encephalitis (RE, Infantile hemiplegia seizure syndrome (IHSS, Hemimegalencephaly (HM, Sturge Weber syndrome (SWS and due to post encephalitic sequelae (PES. Twenty seven (79.4% patients underwent PIH and seven (20.6% underwent PIPQ. The mean follow up was 30.5 months. At the last follow up, 31 (91.1% were seizure free. The age of seizure onset and etiology of the disease causing epilepsy were predictors of a Class I seizure outcome. Conclusions: There is an excellent seizure outcome following disconnective epilepsy surgery for intractable hemispheric and subhemispheric pediatric epilepsy. An older age of seizure onset, RE, SWS and PES were good predictors of a Class I seizure outcome.

  4. Cognitive impairments in patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Mahgol Tavakoli

    2011-01-01

    Conclusions: These findings indicated that WMS-III and WAIS-R can differentiate patients with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy from normal subjects. However, the obtained cognitive profile could not differentiate between the right and the left TLE.

  5. Comparison of Serum Zinc and Copper levels in Children and adolescents with Intractable and Controlled Epilepsy

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    Zeynab KHERADMAND

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available How to Cite This Article: Kheradmand Z, Yarali B, Zare A, Pourpak Z, Shams S, Ashrafi MR. Comparison of Serum Zinc and Copper levels in Children and adolescents with Intractable and Controlled Epilepsy. Iran J Child Neurol. 2014; 8(3:49-54. AbstractObjectiveTrace elements such as zinc and copper have physiological effects on neuronal excitability that may play a role in the etiology of intractable epilepsy. This topic has been rarely discussed in Iranian epileptic patients.This study with the analysis of serum zinc and copper levels of children and adolescents with intractable and controlled epilepsy may identifies the potential role of these two trace elements in the development of epilepsy and intractabilityto antiepileptic drug treatment. Materials & MethodsSeventy patients between the ages of 6 months to 15 years that referred to Children’s Medical Center with the diagnosis of epilepsy, either controlled or intractable to treatment enrolled in the study. After informed parental consent the levels of serum zinc and copper were measured with atomic absorptionspectrophotometer and analyzed with SPSS version 11.Results35 patients were enrolled in each group of intractable (IE and controlled epilepsy (CE. 71.45% of the IE and 25.72% of the CE group had zinc deficiency that was statistically significant. 48.58% of the IE and 45.72 of the CE group were copper deficient, which was not statistically significant.ConclusionOur findings showed significant low serum zinc levels of patients with intractable epilepsy in comparison with controlled epilepsy group. We recommend that serum zinc level may play a role in the etiology of epilepsy and intractable epilepsy therefore its measurement and prescription may be regarded in the treatment of intractable epilepsy.ReferencesMikati MA. Seizures in childhood. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, Schor NF, Geme JWS, Behrman R (eds. Nelson textbook of pediatrics. 19th ed. Elsevier:Saunders; 2011. Pp

  6. Radiosurgery in the Management of Intractable Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.

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    Peñagarícano, José; Serletis, Demitre

    2015-09-01

    Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) describes recurrent seizure activity originating from the depths of the temporal lobe. MTLE patients who fail two trials of medication now require testing for surgical candidacy at an epilepsy center. For these individuals, temporal lobectomy offers the greatest likelihood for seizure-freedom (up to 80-90%); unfortunately, this procedure remains largely underutilized. Moreover, for select patients unable to tolerate open surgery, novel techniques are emerging for selective ablation of the mesial temporal structures, including stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). We present here a review of SRS as a potential therapy for MTLE, when open surgery is not an option. PMID:26390538

  7. Expression of multidrug resistance 1 gene and C3435T genetic polymorphism in peripheral blood of patients with intractable epilepsy

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    Xueping Zheng; Lan Tan; Jinghui Song; Yan Wang; Yanping Sun

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Increased expression of multidrug resistance 1 (MDR1) mRNA in peripheral blood of patients with intractable epilepsy is not due to epilepsy drugs, but epilepsy behavior. Monitoring MDR1 expression in peripheral blood is a target for MDR1 gene evaluation. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of antiepileptic drugs and seizures on MDR expression in intractable epilepsy, and to analyze the genetic polymnrphisms of C3435T in the MDR1 gene. DESIGN, TIME AND SETTING: Factorial designs and comparative observations at the experimental center of the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao Medical College, Qingdao University between October 2003 and October 2004. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 120 subjects were recruited from the epilepsy clinical department of the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao Medical College. Four groups (n = 30) were classified according to statistical factorial design: intractable epilepsy, treatment response, no treatment, and normal control groups. METHODS: One-step semi-quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction technology was used to test expressions of the MDR1 gene in 120 subjects. C3435T polymorphisms in intractable epilepsy group and normal control groups were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Expression of MDR1 mRNA in the four groups, and C3435T genetic polymorphisms in intractable epilepsy and normal control groups. RESULTS: MDR1 gene expression was increased in the intractable epilepsy group, due to the factor seizures, but not the antiepileptic drugs. However, the interaction between the two factors was not statistically significant. Of the 30 subjects in the intractable epilepsy group, the following genotypes were exhibited: 3 (10%) C/C genotype, 9 (30%) C/T genotype, and 18 (60%) T/T genotype at the site of C3435T, while 4 (13%), 10 (33%), and 16 (53%) subjects were determined to express these genotypes in the normal control group, respectively. C and T

  8. Affectivity and Subjective Memory in Patients with Intractable Medial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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    Marilyn Zaldivar Bermúdez

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: in the literature related to intractable medial temporal lobe epilepsy, some divergence is observed in terms of the factors that may be leading to memory complaints in patients with this condition. Objective: to identify the relationship between some manifestations of affectivity and subjective memory in patients with intractable medial temporal lobe epilepsy. Methods: a case series study was conducted in 32 patients aged 15 to 60 years treated at the International Center for Neurological Restoration from January 2008 through September 2011. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, State-Trait Depression Inventory and Questionnaire of Memory Efficiency were applied. The variables studied were anxiety, depression and subjective memory. Descriptive statistics and the Spearman correlation were used to process the data. Results: a prevalence of mean levels of state-trait anxiety and state depression was observed; however, trait depression reached high levels. Patients reported complaints about their memory functioning. A negative relationship between trait depression and subjective memory (r = -0.36, p <0.05 was obtained.Conclusion: some manifestations of affectivity (anxiety and depression, subjective memory impairment regardless of the lateralization of the ictal onset zone, and the relationship between trait depression and subjective memory were observed in patients with intractable medial temporal lobe epilepsy.

  9. Modified Atkins diet to children and adolescents with medical intractable epilepsy

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    Weber, Susanne; Mølgaard, Christian; Taudorf, Karen;

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the tolerability and efficacy of the modified Atkins diet given to children and adolescents with antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment resistant epilepsy. 15 children with medically intractable epilepsy were enrolled in the study. Inclusion criteria were...... an increase in quality of life and cognition. At 12 months follow-up 3 (20%) continued the diet with an unchanged marked seizure reduction. The present study confirms the high tolerability and effect of the modified Atkins diet on seizure control in AED treatment resistant epilepsy. Further larger prospective...... at least one seizure a week and a trial of at least two AEDs without obtaining seizure freedom documented in a seizure calendar. At baseline subjects initiated a diet with carbohydrates restricted to make up 10 energy percent. If seizures were reduced by less than 50% after 7-14 days carbohydrates were...

  10. Chemotactic and mitogenic stimuli of neuronal apoptosis in patients with medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Fiala, Milan; Avagyan, Hripsime; Merino, Jose Joaquin; Bernas, Michael; Valdivia, Juan; Espinosa-Jeffrey, Araceli; Witte, Marlys; Weinand, Martin

    2012-01-01

    To identify the upstream signals of neuronal apoptosis in patients with medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), we evaluated by immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy brain tissues of 13 TLE patients and 5 control patients regarding expression of chemokines and cell-cycle proteins. The chemokine RANTES (CCR5) and other CC-chemokines and apoptotic markers (caspase-3, -8, -9) were expressed in lateral temporal cortical and hippocampal neurons of TLE patients, but not in neurons of control cases. The chemokine RANTES is usually found in cytoplasmic and extracellular locations. However, in TLE neurons, RANTES was displayed in an unusual location, the neuronal nuclei. In addition, the cell-cycle regulatory transcription factor E2F1 was found in an abnormal location in neuronal cytoplasm. The pro-inflammatory enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 and cytokine interleukin-1β were expressed both in neurons of patients suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy and from cerebral trauma. The vessels showed fibrin leakage, perivascular macrophages and expression of IL-6 on endothelial cells. In conclusion, the cytoplasmic effects of E2F1 and nuclear effects of RANTES might have novel roles in neuronal apoptosis of TLE neurons and indicate a need to develop new medical and/or surgical neuroprotective strategies against apoptotic signaling by these molecules. Both RANTES and E2F1 signaling are upstream from caspase activation, thus the antagonists of RANTES and/or E2F1 blockade might be neuroprotective for patients with medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy. The results have implications for the development of new medical and surgical therapies based on inhibition of chemotactic and mitogenic stimuli of neuronal apoptosis in patients with medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy. PMID:22444245

  11. The Ketogenic and Atkins Diets Effect on Intractable Epilepsy: A Comparison

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    Ahad GHAZAVI

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available How to Cite This Article: Ghazavi A, Tonekaboni SH, Karimzadeh P, Nikibakhsh AA, Khajeh A, Fayyazi A. The Ketogenic and Atkins Diets Effect on Intractable Epilepsy: A Comparison. Iran J Child Neurol. 2014 Summer;8(3: 12-17.AbstractObjectiveIntractable epilepsy is a major difficulty in child neurology, because the numbers of drugs that are available for treatment are limited and new treatments such as diets must be tried. Now there are some diets available for treating patients with intractable epilepsy. The oldest diet is the classic ketogenic diet and one of thenewest diets is the modified Atkins diet. Patients have a harder time accepting the classic ketogenic diet than the Atkins diet, which is easier to accept because the food tastes better. This study compares the efficacy of the ketogenic diet and the Atkins diet for intractable epilepsy in children.Materials & MethodsThis study is a clinical trial survey with sample size of 40 children with refractory epilepsy who were patients at Mofid hospital in Tehran, Iran. Initially, from Jan 2005–Oct 2007, 20 children were treated with the Atkins diet, and then from Oct 2007–March 2010, the other group was treated with the classic ketogenic diet and the results were compared. ResultsIn this study, response to treatment was greater than a 50% reduction in seizures and at the end of first, second, and third months for the ketogenic diet were 55%, 30%, and 70% and for the Atkins diet were 50%, 65%, and 70%, respectively.ConclusionThe results of this study show that there is no significant difference between the classic Ketogenic diet and the Atkins diet at the end of first, second, and third months and both had similar responses to the treatments.References Camfield CS, Canfield PR, Gordon K, Wirrell E, Dooley JM. Incidence of epilepsy in childhood and adolescents in Nova Scotia. Epilepsia, 1996 Jan;37(1:19-23.Gessner U, Sagmeister M, Horisberger B. The cost of Epilepsy in

  12. Clinical utility of 11C-flumazenil positron emission tomography in intractable temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Padma M

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: 11C-flumazenil (FMZ positron emission tomography (PET is a new entrant into the armamentarium for pre-surgical evaluation of patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE. AIMS: To analyze the clinical utility of FMZ PET to detect lesional and remote cortical areas of abnormal benzodiazepine receptor binding in relation to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, 2-Deoxy-2 [18F] fluoro-D-glucose, (18F FDG PET, electrophysiological findings and semiology of epilepsy in patients with intractable TLE. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients underwent a high resolution MRI, prolonged Video-EEG monitoring before 18F FDG and 11C FMZ PET studies. Regional cortical FMZ PET abnormalities were defined on co-registered PET images using an objective method based on definition of areas of abnormal asymmetry (asymmetry index {AI}>10%. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Prospective. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Student′s "t" test. RESULTS: Twenty patients (Mean age: 35.2 years [20-51]; M:F=12:8 completed the study. Mean age at seizure onset was 10.3 years (birth-38 years; mean duration, 23.9 years (6-50 years. Concordance with the MRI lesion was seen in 10 patients (nine with hippocampal sclerosis and one with tuberous sclerosis. In the other 10, with either normal or ambiguous MRI findings, FMZ and FDG uptake were abnormal in all, concordant with the electrophysiological localization of the epileptic foci. Remote FMZ PET abnormalities (n=18 were associated with early age of seizure onset (P=0.005 and long duration of epilepsy (P=0.01. CONCLUSIONS: FMZ-binding asymmetry is a sensitive method to detect regions of epileptic foci in patients with intractable TLE.

  13. Long-term seizure and psychosocial outcomes of vagus nerve stimulation for intractable epilepsy.

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    Wasade, Vibhangini S; Schultz, Lonni; Mohanarangan, Karthik; Gaddam, Aryamaan; Schwalb, Jason M; Spanaki-Varelas, Marianna

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    Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a widely used adjunctive treatment option for intractable epilepsy. Most studies have demonstrated short-term seizure outcomes, usually for up to 5 years, and thus far, none have reported psychosocial outcomes in adults. We aimed to assess long-term seizure and psychosocial outcomes in patients with intractable epilepsy on VNS therapy for more than 15 years. We identified patients who had VNS implantation for treatment of intractable epilepsy from 1997 to 2013 at our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and gathered demographics including age at epilepsy onset and VNS implantation, epilepsy type, number of antiepilepsy drugs (AEDs) and seizure frequency before VNS implantation and at the last clinic visit, and the most recent stimulation parameters from electronic medical records (EMR). Phone surveys were conducted by research assistants from May to November 2014 to determine patients' current seizure frequency and psychosocial metrics, including driving, employment status, and use of antidepressants. Seizure outcomes were based on modified Engel classification (I: seizure-free/rare simple partial seizures; II: >90% seizure reduction (SR), III: 50-90% SR, IV: 50% SR)=favorable outcome). A total of 207 patients underwent VNS implantation, 15 of whom were deceased at the time of the phone survey, and 40 had incomplete data for medical abstraction. Of the remaining 152, 90 (59%) were contacted and completed the survey. Of these, 51% were male, with the mean age at epilepsy onset of 9.4 years (range: birth to 60 years). There were 35 (39%) patients with extratemporal epilepsy, 19 (21%) with temporal, 18 (20%) with symptomatic generalized, 5 (6%) with idiopathic generalized, and 13 (14%) with multiple types. Final VNS settings showed 16 (18%) patients with an output current >2 mA and 14 (16%) with rapid cycling. Of the 80 patients with seizure frequency information, 16 (20%) had a modified Engel class I outcome, 14 (18%) had class II, 24 (30

  14. Evaluation of the combination of multiple subpial transection and other techniques for treatment of intractable epilepsy

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    赵全军; 田增民; 刘宗惠; 李士月; 崔月汉; 林鸿

    2003-01-01

    Objective Multiple subpial transection (MST) is one approach to the surgical treatment of intractable epilepsy with epileptogenic lesion located in functional areas. To verify the effect of MST, an experimental study was performed first, followed by clinical application. Methods On the basis of the experimental study, MST was performed in 200 intractable epileptic patients from 1991 to 2000. Of them, 80 cases underwent MST only while 120 others underwent MST combined with other techniques, such as corpus callosotomy, temporal lobectomy and focus resection. A series of modifications of the surgical techniques were made. Results The results of the experimental study indicated that MST could inhibit the formation and spreading of epileptic discharge and limit the damage to neurons in a minimal area on the epileptogenic agent injected cortex. MST does not impair major functions of the cortex. After the clinical application and modifications, 160 patients were followed up for 1 to 8 years. Complete control of seizure was obtained in 100 cases (62.5%), significant reduction (more than 75%) in 32, reduction (more than 50%) in 20 and no change in 8. The total rate of effectiveness was 95.0%, and the significant rate of effectiveness was 82.5%. No functional defects were found in any patients. Conclusions The results indicate that MST is an effective approach to the surgical treatment of intractable epilepsy. MST can be combined with other approaches. The outcome of the subdivision of the MST only group indicates that MST on local epileptogenic lesion without structural changes is as effective as that of the combined operation group. To evade hemispheric disturbance, MST should be done first to avoid severe complications. Hemispherectomy should be performed only on poor effected cases of MST.

  15. Intractable chronic constipation in children: Outcome after anorectal myectomy

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    Seyed Abdollah Mousavi

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    Full Text Available Background: Many children with constipation fail to respond with conventional medical therapy. Surgery can produce a good result in dysfunction of the colon secondary to aganglionosis. However, its role in treating idiopathic constipation is more controversial. Patients and Methods: A consecutive series of 44 patients with chronic idiopathic intractable constipation were included in this study. All children were investigated by barium enema and anorectal manometry. Due to inadequate response to medical therapy, all of these patients were selected for internal sphincter myomectomy. Patients were followed-up from 3 to 12 months. Results: Short-term (3 months and long-term (6 months follow-up was available for all patients. The histology examinations showed normal ganglion cells in 32, hypoganglionosis in eight and aganglionosis in four patients. In short-term, regular bowel habits, without the need for laxatives or low dose drugs were recorded in 35 patients (79.5%. Overall there was an improvement in 68.2% of the children after 6 months follow-up. There was not any correlation between histopathological findings, duration of symptoms, age and sex of operation and response to myectomy. Conclusion: anorectal myectomy is an effective procedure in patients with intractable idiopathic constipation. It relieves symptoms in 68.2% of patients with chronic refractory constipation.

  16. The usefulness of repeated ictal SPET for the localization of epileptogenic zones in intractable epilepsy

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    This study investigated whether repeated ictal single-photon emission tomography (SPET) is helpful in the localization of epileptogenic zones and whether it can provide information confirming that an area of increased perfusion is really the culprit epileptogenic lesion. Fifty-four repeated ictal SPET studies were performed in 24 patients with ambiguous or unexpected findings on the first ictal SPET study. These patients were enrolled from among 502 patients with intractable epilepsy in whom pre-operative localization of epileptogenic zones was attempted with a view to possible surgical resection. Video monitoring of ictal behaviour and EEGs was performed in all patients. Repeated ictal SPET was performed using technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO) when there was no prominently hyperperfused area or when unexpected findings were obtained during the first study. Two ictal SPET studies were performed in 19 patients, three studies in four patients and four studies in one patient. The average delay between ictal onset and injection was 28 s for the first study and 22 s for the second, third and fourth studies. Using interictal SPET, ictal-interictal subtraction images were acquired and co-registered with the population magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) template. Invasive study and surgery were performed in 18 patients, and in these cases the surgical outcome was known. In the other six patients, epileptogenic foci were determined using MRI, positron emission tomography (PET) and ictal EEG findings. Two patients were found to have mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, two lateral temporal lobe epilepsy, eight frontal lobe epilepsy, three parietal lobe epilepsy and one occipital lobe epilepsy. The other eight had multifocal epilepsy. The first study was normal in 12 patients (group I) and indicated certain zones to be epileptogenic in the other 12 (group II). Among group I, the correct epileptogenic zone or lateralization was revealed at the repeated study in

  17. Potential use and challenges of functional connectivity mapping in intractable epilepsy

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    Full Text Available This review focuses on the use of resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging data to assess functional connectivity in the human brain for surgical planning in intractable epilepsy. This approach has the potential to predict outcomes for a given surgical procedure based on the pre-surgical functional organization of the brain. Functional connectivity can also identify cortical regions that are organized differently in epilepsy patients either as a direct function of the disease or through indirect compensatory responses. Functional connectivity mapping can also potentially help identify epileptogenic tissue, whether this is a single focal location or a network of seizure-generating tissues and this information can assist in guiding the implantation of electrodes for invasive monitoring. This review covers the basics of connectivity analysis and discusses particular issues associated with analyzing such data. These issues include how to define nodes, as well as differences between connectivity analyses of individual nodes, groups of nodes, and whole-brain assessment at the voxel level. The need for arbitrary thresholds in some connectivity analyses is discussed and a solution to this problem is reviewed. Overall, functional connectivity analysis is becoming an important tool for assessing functional brain organization in surgical planning in epilepsy.

  18. Modified Atkins diet to children and adolescents with medical intractable epilepsy.

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    Weber, Susanne; Mølgaard, Christian; Karentaudorf; Uldall, Peter

    2009-05-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the tolerability and efficacy of the modified Atkins diet given to children and adolescents with antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment resistant epilepsy. 15 children with medically intractable epilepsy were enrolled in the study. Inclusion criteria were at least one seizure a week and a trial of at least two AEDs without obtaining seizure freedom documented in a seizure calendar. At baseline subjects initiated a diet with carbohydrates restricted to make up 10 energy percent. If seizures were reduced by less than 50% after 7-14 days carbohydrates were further restricted to 10g per day. No change in AED treatment was allowed. The diet was well tolerated. After 3 months six out of the fifteen children (40%) had a seizure reduction of more than 50%, which was seen in different epileptic syndromes and different age groups. The responders reported an increase in quality of life and cognition. At 12 months follow-up 3 (20%) continued the diet with an unchanged marked seizure reduction. The present study confirms the high tolerability and effect of the modified Atkins diet on seizure control in AED treatment resistant epilepsy. Further larger prospective studies are however needed to confirm these results.

  19. Changes in EEG measurements in intractable epilepsy patients with neurofeedback training

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    Longlian Zhao; Wenqing Wu; Zuoqing Liang; Guangshu Hu

    2009-01-01

    To assess the effects of neurofeedback on brain electrophysiology and to determine how biofeedback works, power spectral density (PSD) and approximate entropy (ApEn) analyses are applied to the EEGs of six patients with intractable epilepsy who received neuro-feedback training. After sessions of treatment, the EEG sensorimotor rhythm to theta PSD ratio calculated from the C4 electrode site becomes larger than that before the treatment, which is consistent with the biofeedback protocol. The ApEn over 16-channel EEG recordings all increase to different degrees. Larger increases occur in channels located near the training position (CA). All these results suggest that these EEG measurements are new criteria that can be used to evaluate the effect of neurofeedback.

  20. Wada test for evaluation of language and memory function in medically intractable epilepsy

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    Hong, Yong Kook; Chung, Tae Sub; Suh, Jung Ho; Kim, Dong Ik; Kim, Eun Kyung; Lee, Byung In; Huh, Kyun [College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    The Wada test was performed for lateralization of language and memory function, using intracarotid injection of Sodium Amytal. But the internal carotid artery (ICA) Wada test has some limitations for testing memory function. The posterior cerebral artery (PCA) Wada test has been designed to modify the ICA Wada test for testing memory function selectively. In our study, 10 patients out of 12 patients with intractable seizure underwent only the ICA Wada test and the other 2 patients underwent both the ICA and the selective PCA Wada test. In all 12 patients undergoing the ICA Wada test, we successfully localized speech and language dominance. Four of 12 patients who underwent the ICA Wada test for evaluation of memory function displayed superior memory functions in one hemisphere, but the other hemisphere also significantly contributed to memory. The selective PCA Wada test, performed in 2 patients, showed successful results of memory function test in both patients. Four of 12 patients underwent temporal lobectomy and there was no major post-operative language or memory deficits. We concluded that the ICA and PCA Wada tests are useful for preoperative evaluation of medically intractable epilepsy, and the PCA Wada test is valuable in memory evaluation in some patients who have high risk of postoperative global amnesia after temporal lobectomy following equivocal results of memory function by the ICA Wada test.

  1. 99Tcm brain imaging for the assessment of patients with intractable partial epilepsy - our experience

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    Full text: 99Tcm - Ethyl Cysteinate Diethylester (ECD) or Bicisate is a new radiopharmaceutical used for the assessment of cerebral perfusion. Unlike 99Tcm Hexamethylpropylene Amine Oxime (99Tcm- HMPAO) which is unstable and needs to be reconstituted immediately prior to injection, 99Tcm-ECD is stable for up to eight hours following reconstitution. Therefore, 99Tcm-ECD does not require mixing just prior to injection and is readily available on a daily inpatient basis to the epilepsy unit, facilitating earlier and faster injections, and the acquisition of true ictal studies. This is particularly important with patients who have extra temporal seizures which are typically brief in duration. 45 patients have undergone 99Tcm-ECD studies for epilepsy in our department over a period of one year. Image acquisition routinely commences within two hours of injection, and consists of a 360 degree elliptical SPECT using an ADAC Dual Headed Gamma Camera. Patients undergo both ictal and inter ictal SPECT studies, and an MRI. Visual comparison of the ictal, inter ictal and MRI images is performed, as well as subtraction and co-registration. The SISCOM analysis technique is used which allows subtraction of the SPECTs and co registration with MRI. This has the advantage of improved specificity, sensitivity, and accurate anatomical localisation. The results of our experience with 99Tcm-ECD will be presented. In conclusion, we have found that 99Tcm-ECD is ideally suited for peri-ictal SPECT studies as part of the pre-operative assessment of patients with intractable partial epilepsy. Copyright (2000) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  2. P-glycoprotein alters blood–brain barrier penetration of antiepileptic drugs in rats with medically intractable epilepsy

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    Full Text Available Aimei Ma,1,* Cuicui Wang,2,3,* Yinghui Chen,2,3 Weien Yuan4 1Department of Neurology, The People's Hospital of Shanxi Province, Taiyuan, 2Department of Neurology, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, 3Department of Neurology, Shanghai Medical College, Shanghai, 4School of Pharmacy, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: P-glycoprotein is one of the earliest known multidrug transporters and plays an important role in resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs. In this study, we detected levels of P-glycoprotein and its mRNA expression in a rat brain model of medically intractable epilepsy established by amygdala kindling and drug selection. We investigated whether inhibition of P-glycoprotein affects the concentration of antiepileptic drugs in cortical extracellular fluid. We found that levels of P-glycoprotein and its mRNA expression were upregulated in epileptic cerebral tissue compared with cerebral tissue from normal rats. The concentrations of two antiepileptic drugs, carbamazepine and phenytoin, were very low in the cortical extracellular fluid of rats with medically intractable epilepsy, and were restored after blockade of P-glycoprotein by verapamil. These results show that increased P-glycoprotein levels alter the ability of carbamazepine and phenytoin to penetrate the blood–brain barrier and reduce the concentrations of these agents in extracellular cortical fluid. High P-glycoprotein levels may be involved in resistance to antiepileptic drugs in medically intractable epilepsy. Keywords: P-glycoprotein, medically intractable epilepsy, antiepileptic drugs, amygdala kindling, verapamil

  3. Combining stereo-electroencephalography and subdural electrodes in the diagnosis and treatment of medically intractable epilepsy.

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    Enatsu, Rei; Bulacio, Juan; Najm, Imad; Wyllie, Elaine; So, Norman K; Nair, Dileep R; Foldvary-Schaefer, Nancy; Bingaman, William; Gonzalez-Martinez, Jorge

    2014-08-01

    Stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) has advantages for exploring deeper epileptic foci. Nevertheless, SEEG can only sample isolated cortical areas and its spatial limitation, with the inability to record contiguous cortical regions, may cause difficulties in interpretation. In light of these limitations, the authors describe the hybrid technique of SEEG and subdural strip electrode placement. The hybrid technique was used for a presurgical evaluation in four patients with intractable epilepsy. Initially, the depth electrodes were inserted with a robotic stereotactic system. Thereafter, a skin incision and a small craniectomy were performed at the entry point of the strip electrode trajectory. The dura was opened and, under live fluoroscopic guidance, strip electrodes were slid into the subdural space. In these patients, the additional subdural strip electrodes provided (1) information regarding the precise description of seizure spread in the cortical surface adjacent to the subdural space, (2) identification of epileptogenic zones located near the crown, (3) more precise definition of functional cortex and (4) a better delineation of the interface between epileptogenic zones and functional cortex. This hybrid technique provides additional data compared to either technique alone, offering superior understanding of the dynamics of the epileptic activity and its interaction with functional cortical areas.

  4. Association of Microtubule Dynamics with Chronic Epilepsy.

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    Xu, Xin; Hu, Yida; Xiong, Yan; Li, Zhonggui; Wang, Wei; Du, Chao; Yang, Yong; Zhang, Yanke; Xiao, Fei; Wang, Xuefeng

    2016-09-01

    Approximately 30 % of epilepsy cases are refractory to current pharmacological treatments through unknown mechanisms. Much work has been done on the role of synaptic components in the pathogenesis of epilepsy, but relatively little attention has been given to the potential role of the microtubules. We investigated the level of microtubule dynamic in 30 human epileptic tissues and two different chronic epilepsy rat models. The administration of microtubule-modulating agent attenuated the progression of chronic epilepsy. By contrast, microtubule-depolymerizing agent aggravated the progression of chronic epilepsy. The electrophysiological index by whole-cell clamp was used to investigate the neuronal excitation and inhibitory synaptic transmission in brain slices after administration of microtubule-modulating agent and microtubule-depolymerizing agent. Interestingly, we found that microtubule-modulating agent significantly increased the frequency of action potential firing in interneurons, and significantly promoted the amplitudes and frequencies of miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents. Microtubule-depolymerizing agent had an opposite effect. These findings suggest that modulating hyperdynamic microtubules may take an anti-epileptic effect via postsynaptic mechanisms in interneurons. It could represent a potential pharmacologic target in epilepsy treatment. PMID:26377107

  5. Detection of Lesions Underlying Intractable Epilepsy on T1-Weighted MRI as an Outlier Detection Problem

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    El Azami, Meriem; Hammers, Alexander; Jung, Julien; Costes, Nicolas; Bouet, Romain; Lartizien, Carole

    2016-01-01

    Pattern recognition methods, such as computer aided diagnosis (CAD) systems, can help clinicians in their diagnosis by marking abnormal regions in an image. We propose a machine learning system based on a one-class support vector machine (OC-SVM) classifier for the detection of abnormalities in magnetic resonance images (MRI) applied to patients with intractable epilepsy. The system learns the features associated with healthy control subjects, allowing a voxelwise assessment of the deviation of a test subject pattern from the learned patterns. While any number of various features can be chosen and learned, here we focus on two texture parameters capturing image patterns associated with epileptogenic lesions on T1-weighted brain MRI e.g. heterotopia and blurred junction between the grey and white matter. The CAD output consists of patient specific 3D maps locating clusters of suspicious voxels ranked by size and degree of deviation from control patterns. System performance was evaluated using realistic simulations of challenging detection tasks as well as clinical data of 77 healthy control subjects and of eleven patients (13 lesions). It was compared to that of a mass univariate statistical parametric mapping (SPM) single subject analysis based on the same set of features. For all simulations, OC-SVM yielded significantly higher values of the area under the ROC curve (AUC) and higher sensitivity at low false positive rate. For the clinical data, both OC-SVM and SPM successfully detected 100% of the lesions in the MRI positive cases (3/13). For the MRI negative cases (10/13), OC-SVM detected 7/10 lesions and SPM analysis detected 5/10 lesions. In all experiments, OC-SVM produced fewer false positive detections than SPM. OC-SVM may be a versatile system for unbiased lesion detection. PMID:27603778

  6. Detection of Lesions Underlying Intractable Epilepsy on T1-Weighted MRI as an Outlier Detection Problem.

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    El Azami, Meriem; Hammers, Alexander; Jung, Julien; Costes, Nicolas; Bouet, Romain; Lartizien, Carole

    2016-01-01

    Pattern recognition methods, such as computer aided diagnosis (CAD) systems, can help clinicians in their diagnosis by marking abnormal regions in an image. We propose a machine learning system based on a one-class support vector machine (OC-SVM) classifier for the detection of abnormalities in magnetic resonance images (MRI) applied to patients with intractable epilepsy. The system learns the features associated with healthy control subjects, allowing a voxelwise assessment of the deviation of a test subject pattern from the learned patterns. While any number of various features can be chosen and learned, here we focus on two texture parameters capturing image patterns associated with epileptogenic lesions on T1-weighted brain MRI e.g. heterotopia and blurred junction between the grey and white matter. The CAD output consists of patient specific 3D maps locating clusters of suspicious voxels ranked by size and degree of deviation from control patterns. System performance was evaluated using realistic simulations of challenging detection tasks as well as clinical data of 77 healthy control subjects and of eleven patients (13 lesions). It was compared to that of a mass univariate statistical parametric mapping (SPM) single subject analysis based on the same set of features. For all simulations, OC-SVM yielded significantly higher values of the area under the ROC curve (AUC) and higher sensitivity at low false positive rate. For the clinical data, both OC-SVM and SPM successfully detected 100% of the lesions in the MRI positive cases (3/13). For the MRI negative cases (10/13), OC-SVM detected 7/10 lesions and SPM analysis detected 5/10 lesions. In all experiments, OC-SVM produced fewer false positive detections than SPM. OC-SVM may be a versatile system for unbiased lesion detection. PMID:27603778

  7. The influence of design and definition on the proportion of general epilepsy cohorts with remission and intractability.

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    Abimbola, Seye; Martiniuk, Alexandra L C; Hackett, Maree L; Anderson, Craig S

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    Remission while on anti-epileptic drug (AED) therapy and remission off AED are the only prognostic criteria defined by the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE), defining remission as 5 seizure-free years. Prognosis studies in epilepsy have investigated other prognostic categories using different designs and definitions. This systematic review explores factors that explain discrepancies in the proportion of patients reported with commonly studied prognostic categories in general epilepsy cohorts. Thirty publications (reporting 37 studies) were included. The outcome categories were classified as immediate remission (5 studies), remission off medication (7 studies), remission on or off medication (15 studies), intractability (9 studies) and no remission after relapse (1 study). The findings show the importance of qualifying estimates specifically by how they were defined in each study, study design, setting and patient population as these have implications for patient management and counselling. The ILAE should define the outcome measures and terminology to which researchers should be required to adhere in subsequent updates of their guidelines on research related to remission and intractability.

  8. Occipital nerve stimulation in medically intractable, chronic cluster headache. The ICON study

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    Wilbrink, Leopoldine A; Teernstra, Onno Pm; Haan, Joost;

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    BACKGROUND: About 10% of cluster headache patients have the chronic form. At least 10% of this chronic group is intractable to or cannot tolerate medical treatment. Open pilot studies suggest that occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) might offer effective prevention in these patients. Controlled neu...

  9. Clinical effects of surgical and Gamma Knife treatments on hippocampal sclerosis-induced intractable epilepsy of children below age 10 years

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    Xiao, Aiju; Wang, Tuanjie; Tian, Yunjiao; Xu, Li; LI, SHUJUN; Zhu, Fenglian

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    Objective: To discuss the treatment effects and costs of surgery and Gamma Knife on hippocampal sclerosis (HS)-induced intractable epilepsy of children below age 10 years. Methods: The children below age 10 years who suffered from HS-induced intractable epilepsy from June 2010 to June 2012 were subjected to surgical and Gamma Knife treatments respectively according to their preference. Results: The short-term curative rates of the surgical group and the Gamma Knife group were 93.51% and 54.87...

  10. Spinal cord stimulation in chronic intractable angina pectoris : A randomized, controlled efficacy study

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    Hautvast, RWM; DeJongste, MJL; Staal, MJ; van Gilst, WH; Lie, KI

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    Background Spinel cord stimulation is known to be a successful treatment for chronic intractable angina pectoris. its effect may be anti-ischemic. It is uncertain if the clinical effect is partly caused by a placebo effect of surgery For implantation of a stimulator. In this study, clinical efficacy

  11. Developing a comprehensive presurgical functional MRI protocol for patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy: a pilot study

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    Our aim was to put together and test a comprehensive functional MRI (fMRI) protocol which could compete with the intracarotid amytal (IAT) or Wada test for the localisation of language and memory function in patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy. The protocol was designed to be performed in under 1 h on a standard 1.5 tesla imager. We used five paradigms to test nine healthy right-handed subjects: complex scene-encoding, picture-naming, reading, word-generation and semantic-decision tasks. The combination of these tasks generated two activation maps related to memory in the mesial temporal lobes, and three language-related maps of activation in a major part of the known language network. The functional maps from the encoding and naming tasks showed typical and symmetrical posterior mesial temporal lobe activation related to memory in all subjects. Only four of nine subjects also showed symmetrical anterior hippocampal activation. Language lateralisation was best with the word generation and reading paradigms and proved possible in all subjects. The reading paradigm enables localisation of language function in the left anterior temporal pole and middle temporal gyrus, areas typically resected during epilepsy surgery. The combined results of this comprehensive f MRI protocol are adequate for a comparative study with the IAT in patients with epilepsy being assessed for surgery. (orig.)

  12. De novo mutations of KIAA2022 in females cause intellectual disability and intractable epilepsy

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    de Lange, Iris M; Helbig, Katherine L; Weckhuysen, Sarah;

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    by intellectual disability and epilepsy. METHODS: Reported females were selected for genetic testing because of substantial developmental problems and/or epilepsy. X-inactivation and expression studies were performed when possible. RESULTS: All mutations were predicted to result in a frameshift or premature stop...

  13. Comparisons of 13NH3, 18FDG PET and MRS in the presurgical evaluation of intractable epilepsy

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    Purpose: Surgery offers a high chance of seizure-free outcome in patients with intractable epilepsy. Other than EEG, several functional and morphologic imaging Methods are used to define the spatial seizure origin. Blood flow perfusion and metabolic abnormalities in those patients are well described respectively. Proton MR spectroscopy (MRS) is still in the early stages in the evaluation of epilepsy. Comparisons with 13NH3 perfusion, 18FDG metabolic PET imaging and MRS in the same patients have rarely been documented. The present study was undertaken to compare the merits of 13NH3 PET, 18FDG PET, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MRS for the lateralization of seizure foci. Methods: Preoperative long-term-EEG, Video-EEG, 13NH3 perfusion PET, 18FDG metabolic PET, MRI, MRS and neuropsychological assessment were performed in 15 patients with intractable epilepsy within 2 weeks(mean age=24.8 years, range 4 to 44 years; mean epilepsy duration=11 years, range 2 to 36 years), who received electrocorticography (ECoG). Antiepileptic drug (AED) was stopped taking at least 2 days before PET scanning. 13NH3 and FDG PET was performed in one day and analyzed with a region of interest template. An absolute asymmetry index, |AI|, greater than 0.15 was considered abnormal. 13 subjects were underwent MRS obtained from the hippocampus bilaterally, who had a presumptive temporal seizure focus based on seizure semiology, video-EEG and MRI. Metabolite ratio of NAA/Cho+Cr was calculated from the relative peak height measurements. An NAA/Cho+Cr ratio of 0.72 or less was regarded as abnormal. All the examination Results were compared with EcoG to evaluate their values of seizure foci lateraliaztion. Results: 1. The results were divided into ictal (n=4) and interictal (n= 11) groups. In the ictal group, the sensitivity of 13NH3 PET and 18FDG PET were both 100%(4/4), and 13NH3 PET showed bilateral hippocampus hyperfusion foci in one case. In the interictal group, 13NH3 PET correctly

  14. Research Progress of REM Sleep and Intractable Epilepsy%快速眼动睡眠与难治性癫痫研究进展

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    刘先; 李晓裔

    2016-01-01

    Sleep has a closely relationship with epilepsy. Seizures can disrupt sleep architecture,sleep disorders may lead to poorly controlled seizures. Along with the research development of the relationship between sleep and epilepsy,certain internal relations between REM sleep and intractable epilepsy become clear. This paper reviewed the relationship between REM sleep and intractable epilepsy,and provided a reference for diagnosis in intractable epilepsy.%癫痫与睡眠关系密切,癫痫发作可以扰乱睡眠,睡眠紊乱可导致癫痫的控制恶化。随着癫痫与睡眠关系的研究不断深入,逐渐认识到快速眼动睡眠(REM 睡眠)与难治性癫痫之间可能存在一定的内在联系。本文通过综述 REM 睡眠与难治性癫痫的关系,以期对难治性癫痫的诊断提供参考。

  15. Immunohistochemical characterization of the out-of frame splice variants GFAP Delta164/Deltaexon 6 in focal lesions associated with chronic epilepsy

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    K. Boer; J. Middeldorp; W.G.M. Spliet; F. Razavi; P.C. van Rijen; J.C. Baayen; E.M. Hol; E.M.A. Aronica

    2010-01-01

    GFAP Delta164/Deltaexon 6 are two out-of frame splice variants of GFAP. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of GFAP Delta164/Deltaexon 6 expressing cells, in focal lesions associated with chronic intractable epilepsy, in light of the increasing interest in the role of specific

  16. Long-term impact of the ketogenic diet on growth and resting energy expenditure in children with intractable epilepsy

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    GROLEAU, VERONIQUE; SCHALL, JOAN I; STALLINGS, VIRGINIA A; BERGQVIST, CHRISTINA A

    2014-01-01

    AIM The long-term effects of the ketogenic diet, a high fat diet for treating intractable epilepsy, on resting energy expenditure (REE) are unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of 15 months of ketogenic diet treatment on growth and REE in children with intractable epilepsy. METHOD Growth, body composition and REE were assessed at baseline, 3 and 15 months in 24 children (14 males, 10 females; mean age 5y 6mo (SD 26mo), range 7mo–6y 5mo), 10 with cerebral palsy [CP]). Fifteen were identified as ketogenic diet responders at 3 months and continued on the ketogenic diet until 15 months. These were compared to 75 healthy children (43 males, 32 females; mean age 6y 3mo [SD 21mo] age range 2–9y). REE was expressed as percentage predicted, growth as height (HAz) and weight (WAz) z-scores, and body composition as fat and fat free mass (FFM). RESULTS HAz declined −0.2 and −0.6 from baseline to 3 and 15 months, respectively (p=0.001), while WAz was unchanged. In ketogenic diet responders, FFM, age and CP diagnosis predicted REE (overall R2=0.76, p<0.001) and REE did not change. REE adjusted for FFM was lower (p<0.01) in children with CP at baseline (mean [standard error], −143[51] kcals/d) and 15 months (−198[53] kcals/d) compared to the healthy children. INTERPRETATION After 15 months of the ketogenic diet, linear growth status declined while weight status and REE were unchanged. REE remained reduced in children with CP. PMID:24749520

  17. Behavioural treatment of slow cortical potentials in intractable epilepsy: neuropsychological predictors of outcome.

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    Daum, Irene; Rockstroh, Brigitte; Birbaumer, Niels; Elbert, Thomas; Canavan, Anthony; Lutzenberger, Werner

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    The study aimed to explore the predictive value of neuropsychological tests within the context of acquisition of slow cortical potential (SCP) self-control, a technique which has beneficial effects on seizure frequency in epilepsy. Patients with epilepsy who successfully achieved SCP control had longer digit or block-tapping spans than less successful patients. Patients who showed a better learning rate across training also displayed better verbal memory and learning abilities. Seizure reduct...

  18. Vagal nerve stimulation in intractable epilepsy: clinical experience on 100 patients and review of the literature

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    Franco RYCHLICKI

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS is an effective alternative treatment for patients with refractory epilepsy. Nevertheless, information regarding VNS is still limited. Materials and Methods: In the present non randomized, prospectic study we report our clinical safety and effectiveness of VNS in 100 patients (52 Males and 48 Females with drug resistant epilepsy. Patient’s age at implant ranged from 0,64 to 51,04 years (mean age 15.3 years. The mean follow-up time was 54,8 months ( range 2 to 108,3 months. Seventeen patients suffered from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, 34 patients suffered from partial epilepsy with drop attacks and secondary bysinchronism on the EEG (Lennox Gastaut-like and 49 patients had Partial Epilepsy without drop attacks. Data collection forms were designed for prospectively gathering data on each patient’s history, seizures, drug therapy, implant device settings and side effects. Patients were assessed prior the implant and 3, 12 and 24 months after surgery. Results: Seventy-eight patients completed the 24 months follow-up session. VNS produced a mean seizure rate reduction of 32% at 3 months, 41% at 12 months, and 45% at 24 months. At 24 months, only the Partial Epilepsy patients showed a seizures reduction of 50%, which is considered clinically significant. Moreover both the age at implant and epilepsy duration were inversely correlated with the percentage of seizure reduction at 24 months. Side effects were minor and transient; the most common were voice alteration and coughing during stimulation. In 7 patients electrode breakage occurred three years after the surgical procedure. Conclusion: In our study, clinical effectiveness is higher in younger children implanted before than 12 years with shorter epilepsy duration suggesting a precocious useful role of VNS. Patients with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome show a worse clinical response rather than other epileptic syndromes.

  19. Intractable chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy treated successfully with ciclosporin

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    M. Odaka; Tatsumoto, M.; Susuki, K.; Hirata, K; YUKI, N

    2005-01-01

    Background: Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a heterogeneous disorder and both clinical course and response to treatment vary widely. Because of the propensity for relapse, CIDP requires maintenance therapy after the initial response to treatment. There is no consensus regarding this in the published literature.

  20. Ondansetron Treatment in a Child Presenting with Chronic Intractable Pruritus

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    Chantal Frigon; Joëlle Desparmet

    2006-01-01

    The case of a seven-year-old boy with chronic pruritus secondary to a giant congenital melanocytic nevus is presented. The pruritus did not respond to conventional antipruritic drug treatment, but responded to ondansetron, a selective antagonist of 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 receptors.

  1. Ondansetron Treatment in a Child Presenting with Chronic Intractable Pruritus

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    Chantal Frigon

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The case of a seven-year-old boy with chronic pruritus secondary to a giant congenital melanocytic nevus is presented. The pruritus did not respond to conventional antipruritic drug treatment, but responded to ondansetron, a selective antagonist of 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 receptors.

  2. An outcome analysis of seventeen patients treated surgically for intractable extratemporal epilepsy.

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    Mulholland, D

    2010-07-01

    We studied the outcomes of seventeen patients treated surgically for extratemporal lobe epilepsy. A retrospective case review of medical charts was performed. Seizure freedom post surgery was appraised using the Engel classification system. Post-operatively seven patients (41%) were seizure free (Engel class I), four patients were class II (23.5%), two in class III (11.76%) and four in class IV (23.5%). Three patients (17.6%) suffered traumatic injuries due to seizures. The mean duration of epilepsy prior to surgery was 12.2 years and the mean number of anti-epileptic medications given was 6.5. Seizure freedom rates for surgical treatment of extratemporal epilepsy in this centre are similar to those of other centres. Post-operative morbidity in this centre was similar to other centres. Any complications resolved with no lasting impairment.

  3. Intractable colitis associated with chronic granulomatous disease in a young girl.

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    Yaman, Aytaç; Kuloğlu, Zarife; Doğu, Figen; İkincioğulları, Aydan; Ensari, Arzu; Çiftçi, Ergin; Kansu, Aydan

    2015-01-01

    Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is an autosomal recessive or X-linked disorder caused by NADPH oxidase deficiency leading to an impaired ability of reactive superoxide anion and metabolite formation and recurring severe bacterial and fungal infections, with a high mortality rate. Diarrhea, colitis, ileus, perirectal abscess formation and anal fissures are reported gastrointestinal findings in these patients. We report a case of intractable colitis associated with CGD in a young girl.

  4. 难治性癫痫的定义和治疗选择%The definition of intractable epilepsy and its treatment

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    杨琳

    2016-01-01

    国际抗癫痫联盟将难治性癫痫定义为经2种耐受性好的抗癫痫药物单药或联合使用后,患者没有达到无发作.难治性癫痫往往需要多种药物联合治疗,甚至寻求其他的治疗方案(生酮饮食、外科治疗等).因此,掌握难治性癫痫的概念,同时熟悉各种治疗的优缺点,对于减少患儿的发作、改善认知、提高患儿的生活质量有非常重要的意义.%International League Against Epilepsy define intractable epilepsy as failure of adequate trials of 2 used antiepileptic drugs schedules (whether as monotherapies or in combination) to achieve seizure freedom.Intractable epilepsy often requires a combination of drugs,or other treatment options (ketogenic diet,surgical treatment,etc.).Therefore,it is very important to familiar with the definition of intractable epilepsy,also the main characteristics of the treatments,which can reduce the onset of children,improve cognition,and improve the patient's quality of life.

  5. Spinal epidural neurostimulation for treatment of acute and chronic intractable pain: initial and long term results.

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    Richardson, R R; Siqueira, E B; Cerullo, L J

    1979-09-01

    Spinal epidural neurostimulation, which evolved from dorsal column stimulation, has been found to be effective in the treatment of acute and chronic intractable pain. Urban and Hashold have shown that it is a safe, simplified alternative to dorsal column stimulation, especially because laminectomy is not required if the electrodes are inserted percutaneously. Percutaneous epidural neurostimulation is also advantageous because there can be a diagnostic trial period before permanent internalization and implantation. This diagnostic and therapeutic modality has been used in 36 patients during the past 3 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Eleven of these patients had acute intractable pain, which was defined as pain of less than 1 year in duration. Initial postimplantation results from the 36 patients indicate that spinal epidural neurostimulation is most effective in treating the intractable pain of diabetes, arachnoiditis, and post-traumatic and postamputation neuroma. Long term follow-up, varying from 1 year to 3 years postimplantation in the 20 initially responding patients, indicates that the neurostimulation continues to provide significant pain relief (50% or greater) in a majority of the patients who experienced initial significant pain relief.

  6. Research into the (Cost- effectiveness of the ketogenic diet among children and adolescents with intractable epilepsy: design of a randomized controlled trial

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    Hendriksen Jos GM

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Epilepsy is a neurological disorder, characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures which have a high impact on the individual as well as on society as a whole. In addition to the economic burden, epilepsy imposes a substantial burden on the patients and their surroundings. Patients with uncontrolled epilepsy depend heavily on informal care and on health care professionals. About 30% of patients suffer from drug-resistant epilepsy. The ketogenic diet can be a treatment of last resort, especially for children. The beneficial effect of the ketogenic diet has been proven, but information is lacking about its cost-effectiveness. In the current study we will evaluate the (cost- effectiveness of the ketogenic diet in children and adolescents with intractable epilepsy. Methods/Design In a RCT we will compare the ketogenic diet with usual care. Embedded in this RCT will be a trial-based and model-based economic evaluation, looking from a societal perspective at the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of the ketogenic diet versus usual care. Fifty children and adolescents (aged 1-18 with intractable epilepsy will be screened for eligibility before randomization into the intervention or the usual care group. The primary outcome measure is the proportion of children with a 50% or more reduction in seizure frequency. Secondary outcomes include seizure severity, side effects/complaints, neurocognitive, socio-emotional functioning, and quality of life. Costs and productivity losses will be assessed continuously by a prospective diary and a retrospective questionnaire. Measurements will take place during consults at baseline, at 6 weeks and at 4 months after the baseline period, and 3, 6, 9 and 12 months follow-up after the 4 months consult. Discussion The proposed research project will be the first study to provide data about the cost-effectiveness of the ketogenic diet for children and adolescents with intractable epilepsy, in comparison

  7. Advance in Research on the Treatment of Intractable Epilepsy in Children%儿童难治性癫痫的治疗进展

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    冯丽梅

    2012-01-01

    癫痫是儿童常见的神经系统疾病,儿童癫痫在病因、临床表现及治疗上明显不同于成年癫痫,抗癫痫药物(AEDs)的药动学特点也不同于成人.另外,癫痫发作及AEDs均可影响患儿的行为、学习、教育、社交及情感发育.随着AEDs的不断创新和扩展以及人们对癫痫及癫痫综合征认识的深入,近年来有关难治性癫痫的治疗取得一些突破性进展.目前治疗难治性癫痫的方法主要有药物、手术、迷走神经刺激术、生酮饮食以及病因与心理治疗等.%Epilepsy is a common nervous system diseases seen in children,which is obviously different from adults'epilepsy in pathogeny, clinical feature and therapy,the pharmacokinetics characteristics of anti-epilepsy drugs( AEDs ) in children are different from adults too. Besides, both epileptic seizure and AEDs affect children's behaviour, learning, education, social contact and development of emotion. Recently, with continuous innovations and expanding, and people have known more about epilepsy and epileptic syndrome,there is some breakthrough in the treatment of intractable epilepsy. Nowadays, the main treatment of intractable epilepsy are drugs,operation,vagus nerve stimulation,ketogenic diet and psychological cure.

  8. Autoimmune epilepsy.

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    Greco, Antonio; Rizzo, Maria Ida; De Virgilio, Armando; Conte, Michela; Gallo, Andrea; Attanasio, Giuseppe; Ruoppolo, Giovanni; de Vincentiis, Marco

    2016-03-01

    Despite the fact that epilepsy is the third most common chronic brain disorder, relatively little is known about the processes leading to the generation of seizures. Accumulating data support an autoimmune basis in patients with antiepileptic drug-resistant seizures. Besides, recent studies show that epilepsy and autoimmune disease frequently co-occur. Autoimmune epilepsy is increasingly recognized in the spectrum of neurological disorders characterized by detection of neural autoantibodies in serum or spinal fluid and responsiveness to immunotherapy. An autoimmune cause is suspected based on frequent or medically intractable seizures and the presence of at least one neural antibody, inflammatory changes indicated in serum or spinal fluid or on MRI, or a personal or family history of autoimmunity. It is essential that an autoimmune etiology be considered in the initial differential diagnosis of new onset epilepsy, because early immunotherapy assures an optimal outcome for the patient. PMID:26626229

  9. Investigation into the mechanisms of vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of intractable epilepsy, using 99mTc-HMPAO SPET brain images

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    Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has gained recognition as a treatment for refractory epilepsies where surgical treatment is not possible. While it appears that this treatment is effective in some patients, the mechanism of action is not clearly understood. The purpose of this study was to clarify findings of other positron emission tomography and single-photon emission tomography (SPET) investigations by measuring the acute effect of VNS on patients who have normal cerebral anatomy on magnetic resonance imaging and who have not previously been exposed to VNS. We investigated six subjects (two males and four females, mean age 29.5 years, range 21-39 years) with intractable epilepsy. One patient had primary generalised epilepsy causing generalised tonic-clonic seizures; the remaining five patients had localisation-related epilepsy causing complex partial seizures. SPET imaging was performed using 250 MBq of 99mTc-HMPAO and a four-scan paradigm - two with and two without stimulation. The stimulation began at VNS current levels of 0.25 mA and was increased according to the limit of patients' tolerance, usually defined by coughing or discomfort. The stimulating waveform was of continuous square wave pulses of 500 μs duration at 30 Hz. Image analysis was by SPM99. Reduced perfusion during stimulation was observed in the ipsilateral brain stem, cingulate, amygdala and hippocampus and contralateral thalamus and cingulate. The study provides further evidence of the involvement of the limbic system in the action of vagal nerve stimulation. (orig.)

  10. The modified Atkins diet for intractable epilepsy may be associated with late-onset egg-induced anaphylactic reaction: a case report.

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    Levy, Yael; Peleg-Weiss, Lilach; Goldberg-Stern, Hadassa

    2011-03-01

    The modified Atkins diet is a therapeutic option for children with intractable epilepsy. It is less restrictive than the traditional ketogenic diet, with ≈60% of calories from fat sources. We describe a 6-y-old boy with intractable epilepsy treated with the modified Atkins diet who presented to the emergency department with first-time anaphylactic reaction to egg. Symptoms of urticaria and angioedema, shortness of breath, wheezing, and cyanosis developed several minutes after he ate a hard-boiled egg. His history was remarkable for asthma, but no food allergies were documented. The anaphylactic reaction appeared after 6 mo of treatment with the modified Atkins diet (including 10-15 eggs daily), which ameliorated his seizures, and was preceded by streptococcal pharyngitis. Laboratory workup revealed specific immunoglobulin E antibodies to egg. This is the first report of new-onset egg allergy in a child, probably triggered by the high egg content of the modified Atkins diet. The risk of egg allergy should be kept in mind when treating epileptic children with the modified Atkins diet, especially those with comorbid asthma.

  11. Invasive Evaluations for Epilepsy Surgery: A Review of the Literature

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    Enatsu, Rei; Mikuni, Nobuhiro

    2016-01-01

    Invasive evaluations play important roles in identifying epileptogenic zones and functional areas in patients with intractable focal epilepsy. This article reviews the usefulness, methods, and limitations of invasive evaluations for epilepsy surgery. Invasive evaluations include various types of intracranial electrodes such as stereotactically implanted intracranial depth electrodes (stereo-EEG), chronic subdural electrodes, and intraoperative electrocorticography. Scalp EEG is distorted by t...

  12. Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Epilepsy, With or Without Other Chronic Disorders

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    Asadi-Pooya, A A; Sperling, M.R.

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    Background Most people with epilepsy lead a normal emotional and cognitive life, however neurobehavioral problems can be found in a large number of patients. This study evaluates the prevalence of depression and anxiety among patients with epilepsy and determines whether having other chronic somatic illnesses increases the prevalence. Methods Adults with epilepsy were recruited in either the inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit or the Outpatient Epilepsy Clinic at Thomas Jefferson University in...

  13. Ketogenic diet in pediatric intractable epilepsy%生酮饮食疗法在儿童难治性癫(痫)治疗中的应用

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    俞宏真

    2014-01-01

    生酮饮食是一种高脂肪、低碳水化合物和适量蛋白质的饮食.生酮饮食治疗难治性癫(痫),疗效确切,但作用机制仍未完全明了.该文对生酮饮食疗法在儿童难治性癫痫应用的疗效及该饮食疗法控制癫(痫)发作的作用机制研究进展作一综述.%Ketogenic diet is a kind of diet with high fat,low carbohydrate and protein.Ketogenic diet has an curative effect on intractable epilepsy,but the mechanism is still not fully understood.In this paper,the curative effect of the ketogenic diet therapy in pediatric refractory epilepsy and the research progress of the mechanism of action to control seizures are reviewed.

  14. Intractable Chronic Low-Back Pain Caused by Ligamentopathia Treated Using a Spinous Process Plate (S-plate

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    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of intractable chronic low-back pain in a gymnast that was caused by ligamentopathia in the interspinous region of the lumbar vertebrae. Sprained interspinous ligaments are a common mechanical cause of acute low-back pain in athletes. Although conservative therapy is generally effective in such cases, in this case it was not. The patient experienced severe low-back pain during lumbar flexion with tension between the L5/S interspinous ligaments. We performed interspinous fixation by using a spinous process plate system, which has been developed for short in situ fusions, and following which the low-back pain resolved. Conservative therapy for low-back pain caused by ligamentopathia is first-line choice, but interspinous fixation with instrumentation might be recommended in intractable cases with conservative therapy.

  15. Predictors of seizure outcomes in children with tuberous sclerosis complex and intractable epilepsy undergoing resective epilepsy surgery: an individual participant data meta-analysis.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis to identify preoperative factors associated with a good seizure outcome in children with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex undergoing resective epilepsy surgery. DATA SOURCES: Electronic databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL and Web of Science, archives of major epilepsy and neurosurgery meetings, and bibliographies of relevant articles, with no language or date restrictions. STUDY SELECTION: We included case-control or cohort studies of consecutive participants undergoing resective epilepsy surgery that reported seizure outcomes. We performed title and abstract and full text screening independently and in duplicate. We resolved disagreements through discussion. DATA EXTRACTION: One author performed data extraction which was verified by a second author using predefined data fields including study quality assessment using a risk of bias instrument we developed. We recorded all preoperative factors that may plausibly predict seizure outcomes. DATA SYNTHESIS: To identify predictors of a good seizure outcome (i.e. Engel Class I or II we used logistic regression adjusting for length of follow-up for each preoperative variable. RESULTS: Of 9863 citations, 20 articles reporting on 181 participants were eligible. Good seizure outcomes were observed in 126 (69% participants (Engel Class I: 102(56%; Engel class II: 24(13%. In univariable analyses, absence of generalized seizure semiology (OR = 3.1, 95%CI = 1.2-8.2, p = 0.022, no or mild developmental delay (OR = 7.3, 95%CI = 2.1-24.7, p = 0.001, unifocal ictal scalp electroencephalographic (EEG abnormality (OR = 3.2, 95%CI = 1.4-7.6, p = 0.008 and EEG/Magnetic resonance imaging concordance (OR = 4.9, 95%CI = 1.8-13.5, p = 0.002 were associated with a good postoperative seizure outcome. CONCLUSIONS: Small retrospective cohort studies are inherently prone to bias, some of which are overcome using individual participant data. The

  16. 难治性癫痫相关脑炎的临床病理学观察%Clinicopathologic study of intractable epilepsy-related encephalitis

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    刘翠翠; 陈诗赟; 朴月善; 卢德宏

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    Objective To investigate the clinicopathologic features of intractable epilepsy related encephalitis.Methods The clinical and pathologic findings of 15 cases of intractable epilepsy after functional neurosurgical treatment were reviewed and analyzed retrospectively.Results All patients,including four male and 11 female,had medically intractable epilepsy.The mean age of onset for seizure was 5.3 years (1-15 years) and the disease duration was 4.7 years (0.5-15 years).A definite past history was identified in 11 patients,including viral encephalitis in nine patients,anoxia in utero and head trauma in one patient respectively.The extent and sites of involvement were different,including single cerebral hemisphere diffusely in five cases,multiple lobes in seven cases,and single lobe in three cases.Temporal lobe was involved in 13 cases,frontal lobe in eight,parietal lobe in eight,occipital lobe in seven,and insular lobe in four.Microscopically,all cases were characterized by perivascular inflammatory cells infiltration in the subarachnoid space.The focal cerebral cortex showed obvious atrophy with various degrees of the neuronal loss and glial proliferation,eventually leading to glial scar formation.In addition,microglia nodules,lymphatic cuff and neuronophagia were also observed.Seven cases of focal cortical dysplasia were identified among the 11 cases with adequate perilesional cerebral cortex.Hippocampus sclerosis was found in two cases.Intranuclear inclusions were seen in six cases,and these were immunopositive of cytomegaloviruslate antigen,and three cases also showed muhinucleated giant cells and calcifications.Conclusion Encephalitis is one of the common causes of refractory epilepsy,and may result in refractory epilepsy as a sequel.%目的 探讨难治性癫痫相关脑炎的临床病理学特点.方法 收集经首都医科大学宣武医院功能神经外科手术切除治疗并符合脑炎后病理学改变的15例难治性癫痫病例的临床病理学资

  17. Application of hippocampotomy in surgery of intractable occipital epilepsy%选择性海马切除在枕叶癫痫手术中的应用

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    梁树立; 李安民; 姚世斌; 赵明; 张敏; 孙雅静

    2009-01-01

    Objective o analyze the surgical outcome and experience of the combination of cortex resection and hippocampotomy for surgical treatment of intractable occipital epilepsy.Methods 20 surgical cases of occipital epilepsy with conducting to hippocampus were studied retrospectively.The patient'S general clinical data,seizure features,surgical outcomes and surgical experiences were studied.There were 17 cases (85%)under partial seizures and secondary general tonic-clonic attack,9 patients with temporal aures or automasim,9 cases with temporal abnormal metabolizing in PET imaging and 13 cases with abnormal in MRI or MRS imaging in hippocampus.Epileptogenics Was located in lateral occipital lobe in 8 cases(40%),temporo-occipital lobe in 6 cases(30%)and mesial occipital lobe in 6 cases.All patients were performed the operation of combination of occipital cortex resection and hippocampotomy.Results The surgical results included 16 Engle I cases.2 II case and 2Ⅲgrade cases.Conclusion Intractable occipital epilepsy with conducting to hippocampus always has temporal aures or automasim and abnormal image of temporal lobe.The operation of the combination of occipital cortex resection with hippocampotomy could achieve good surgicat outcome.%目的 总结分析枕叶癫痫患者手术中联合选择性海马切除的手术治疗效果和经验.方法 回顾性分析2003年1月至2006年12月在我科接受手术治疗的20例向颢叶内侧传导的枕叶癫痫病例,统计患者的发病、检查及手术治疗情况,并介绍相关手术体会.17例(85%)为部分性发作继发强直.痉挛性发作为主,9例有颢叶先兆或口咽自动症,PET检查中9例有颞叶的代谢异常,MRI及MRS共发现有海马异常13例;脑电图确定癫痫灶位于枕叶外侧皮层8例.内侧皮层6例,枕颞交界区6例,发作期脑电图均显示明显向颢叶传导.手术均行枕叶致痫灶切除和经颞底海马结构切除术.结果 癫痫发作Engle分级示:I级16例,Ⅱ级2

  18. Pyridoxal Phosphate vs Pyridoxine for Intractable Seizures

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    Full Text Available The efficacy of pyridoxal phosphate (PLP compared to pyridoxine (PN in the control of idiopathic intractable epilepsy was studied in 94 children, aged 8 months to 15 years, at the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.

  19. Automated EEG monitoring in defining a chronic epilepsy model.

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    Mascott, C R; Gotman, J; Beaudet, A

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    There has been a recent surge of interest in chronic animal models of epilepsy. Proper assessment of these models requires documentation of spontaneous seizures by EEG, observation, or both in each individual animal to confirm the presumed epileptic condition. We used the same automatic seizure detection system as that currently used for patients in our institution and many others. Electrodes were implanted in 43 rats before intraamygdalar administration of kainic acid (KA). Animals were monitored intermittently for 3 months. Nine of the rats were protected by anticonvulsants [pentobarbital (PB) and diazepam (DZP)] at the time of KA injection. Between 1 and 3 months after KA injection, spontaneous seizures were detected in 20 of the 34 unprotected animals (59%). Surprisingly, spontaneous seizures were also detected during the same period in 2 of the 9 protected animals that were intended to serve as nonepileptic controls. Although the absence of confirmed spontaneous seizures in the remaining animals cannot exclude their occurrence, it indicates that, if present, they are at least rare. On the other hand, definitive proof of epilepsy is invaluable in the attempt to interpret pathologic data from experimental brains.

  20. Epilepsy

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  1. A systems level, functional genomics analysis of chronic epilepsy.

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    Full Text Available Neither the molecular basis of the pathologic tendency of neuronal circuits to generate spontaneous seizures (epileptogenicity nor anti-epileptogenic mechanisms that maintain a seizure-free state are well understood. Here, we performed transcriptomic analysis in the intrahippocampal kainate model of temporal lobe epilepsy in rats using both Agilent and Codelink microarray platforms to characterize the epileptic processes. The experimental design allowed subtraction of the confounding effects of the lesion, identification of expression changes associated with epileptogenicity, and genes upregulated by seizures with potential homeostatic anti-epileptogenic effects. Using differential expression analysis, we identified several hundred expression changes in chronic epilepsy, including candidate genes associated with epileptogenicity such as Bdnf and Kcnj13. To analyze these data from a systems perspective, we applied weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA to identify groups of co-expressed genes (modules and their central (hub genes. One such module contained genes upregulated in the epileptogenic region, including multiple epileptogenicity candidate genes, and was found to be involved the protection of glial cells against oxidative stress, implicating glial oxidative stress in epileptogenicity. Another distinct module corresponded to the effects of chronic seizures and represented changes in neuronal synaptic vesicle trafficking. We found that the network structure and connectivity of one hub gene, Sv2a, showed significant changes between normal and epileptogenic tissue, becoming more highly connected in epileptic brain. Since Sv2a is a target of the antiepileptic levetiracetam, this module may be important in controlling seizure activity. Bioinformatic analysis of this module also revealed a potential mechanism for the observed transcriptional changes via generation of longer alternatively polyadenlyated transcripts through the

  2. MR 双反转恢复序列在难治性癫痫患者中的初步应用%The Preliminary Application of Double Inversion Recovery MR Imaging in the Patients with Intractable Epilepsy

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    张韶辉; 秦林娣; 陆钦池

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    Objective:To investigate the imaging feature and diagnostic value of double invesion recov-ery (DIR) MR imaging in intractable epilepsy.Method: The clinical data,EEG and imaging manifestation of 7 cases with intractable epilepsy were retrospectively analyzed on the signal intensity on DIR sequence . Result:Abnormal DIR signal intensities of the DIR images were observed in 6 patients with complex partial seizure , none of abnormal DIR signal intensities of the DIR images was observed in 1 patient with generalized tonic clonic seizure .Conclusion: DIR can show superior delineation of gray matter and white matter .DIR MR imaging can be valuable for characterizing epileptic foci and may contribute to presurgical evaluation in the intractable epilepsy patients .%目的:探讨 MR双反转恢复( DIR)序列在难治性癫痫定位诊断中的价值。分析DIR显示难治性癫痫患者灰质、白质结构的改变。方法:回顾性分析7例难治性癫痫患者的临床、脑电图和影像学资料,观察患者在DIR上的表现。结果:6例复杂部分发作的患者在DIR上发现异常信号,1例全面性发作的癫痫患者在影像学上未发现异常。结论:DIR序列能突出显示灰质和白质结构,灰白质对比度高,对难治性癫痫术前定位诊断具有一定的价值。

  3. Epilepsi

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    Sabers, Anne; Kjær, Troels W

    2014-01-01

    Epilepsy affects around 33,000 people in Denmark. The classification of the epilepsies is currently under revision and the clinical course of the disease depends on the underlying aetiology. Diagnostic evaluation includes EEG and often long-term video-EEG monitoring to ensure the diagnosis and clas......-sification. More than two thirds of patients with epilepsy can obtain complete seizure control. The remainders, counting around 12.000 patients in Denmark, having medical refractory epilepsy should be considered for other treatment options; epilepsy surgery or other non-pharmacological treatment....

  4. 功能性大脑半球切除术治疗顽固性癫痫%Therapeutic effect of functional hemispherectomy on intractable epilepsy with hemiparalysis

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    谭启富; 张新伟; 姚一; 王佳唐

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    Objective To investigate the effect of functional hemispherectomy on intractable epilepsy with hemiparalysis. Methods From April 2002 to December 2007, 8 epileptic patients with hemisphere atrophy received functional hemispherectomy in 6 hospitals. Scalp and video EEG examinations revealed epileptic waves in all the patients, including 7 in the ipsilateral side and 1 in the contralateral side. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) indicated hemisphere atrophy and ventriculomegaly in all the patients. Risk factors for epilepsy were found in all the patients, including 3 with hyperpyrexia, 2 with spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage, 2 with traumatic brain injury, and 1 with viral encephalitis (also suspected of Rasmussen's encephalitis). Hemispberectomy was performed based on the methods of Rasmussen and Schramm. Results All the patients were followed up postoperatively for 8 months to 6.4 years (mean 2.8 years). Satisfactory outcomes (including disappearance of seizures) were achieved in 6 patients, but 1 of them experienced seizure reoccurrence because of personal withdraw of antiepileptic drugs 2 years after total seizure relief, and was successfully managed by administration of another two antiepileptic drugs. Significant improvement was achieved in the other case, in which the seizure frequency was reduced by over 70%. The postoperative dose or number of the antiepileptic drugs was reduced in 6 patients, and 2 patients no longer required any medication. No death or serious complications occurred in these patients except for 1 patient who suffered acute status epilepticns perioperatively and was successfully managed. Postoperative EEG revealed the absence of epileptic waves in 6 patients. Two patients showed epileptic waves on the contralateral side. Paralysis aggravation was not observed in 7 patients, and 1 patient experienced temporal muscle weakness, which recovered gradually. Six patients showed improved limb functions, but the thumb function failed to recover

  5. Advances in research of ATP-binding cassette transporters in drug resistance mechanisms of intractable epilepsy%ATP结合盒式蛋白在难治性癫(痫)耐药性机制的研究进展

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    付帅

    2014-01-01

    Epilepsy is one of the common diseases in the nervous system with its complicated pathogenesis still remains unknown.The drug resistance mechanism of intractable epilepsy has always been a key point in the research of neuroscience.A possible cause for the drug resistance is the over expression of efflux drug transporters,e.g.ATP-binding cassette transporters,which may decrease extracellular antiepileptic drugs levels in brains of intractable epilepsy patients.ATP-binding cassette transporters are super family of transporter proteins that require ATP hydrolysis for the transport of substrates across membranes,including P-glycoprotein,multidrug resistance-associated protein,major vault protein and breast cancer resistance associated protein.They are major impediment for the AED successful treatment of many forms of refractory epilepsy in human.This paper reviews the research progress on over-expression of ATP-binding cassette transporters and mechanism of drug resistance in intractable epilepsy.%难治性癫(痫)因其耐药机制的复杂性,迄今尚未清楚,目前探究其对抗癫(痫)药物的多重耐药性的一大热点是外流性药物转运蛋白.ATP结合盒式蛋白是外流性药物转运蛋白的代表,其中包括P糖蛋白、多药耐药蛋白、穹窿体主蛋白、乳腺癌耐药蛋白等,它们可以决定抗癫(痫)药物能否有效地作用于癫(痫)部位,而难治性癫(痫)患者对这些蛋白的高表达普遍存在,但是否与疾病耐药性相关仍需进一步探讨.该文从癫(痫)患者的ATP结合盒式蛋白高表达原因和蛋白对药物转运的作用机制方面对患者耐药性影响方面作一综述.

  6. Spatiotemporal Accuracy of Gradient Magnetic-Field Topography (GMFT) Confirmed by Simultaneous Magnetoencephalography and Intracranial Electroencephalography Recordings in Patients with Intractable Epilepsy

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    Shirozu, Hiroshi; Hashizume, Akira; Masuda, Hiroshi; Fukuda, Masafumi; Ito, Yosuke; Nakayama, Yoko; Higashijima, Takefumi; Kameyama, Shigeki

    2016-01-01

    Gradient magnetic-field topography (GMFT) is one method for analyzing magnetoencephalography (MEG) and representing the spatiotemporal dynamics of activity on the brain surface. In contrast to spatial filters, GMFT does not include a process reconstructing sources by mixing sensor signals with adequate weighting. Consequently, noisy sensors have localized and limited effects on the results, and GMFT can handle MEG recordings with low signal-to-noise ratio. This property is derived from the principle of the planar-type gradiometer, which obtains maximum gradient magnetic-field signals just above the electrical current source. We assumed that this characteristic allows GMFT to represent even faint changes in brain activities that cannot be achieved with conventional equivalent current dipole analysis or spatial filters. GMFT is thus hypothesized to represent brain surface activities from onset to propagation of epileptic discharges. This study aimed to validate the spatiotemporal accuracy of GMFT by analyzing epileptic activities using simultaneous MEG and intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG) recordings. Participants in this study comprised 12 patients with intractable epilepsy. Epileptic spikes simultaneously detected on both MEG and iEEG were analyzed by GMFT and voltage topography (VT), respectively. Discrepancies in spatial distribution between GMFT and VT were evaluated for each epileptic spike. On the lateral cortices, areas of GMFT activity onset were almost concordant with VT activities arising at the gyral unit level (concordance rate, 66.7–100%). Median time lag between GMFT and VT at onset in each patient was 11.0–42.0 ms. On the temporal base, VT represented basal activities, whereas GMFT failed but instead represented propagated activities of the lateral temporal cortices. Activities limited to within the basal temporal or deep brain region were not reflected on GMFT. In conclusion, GMFT appears to accurately represent brain activities of the

  7. Spatiotemporal Accuracy of Gradient Magnetic-Field Topography (GMFT) Confirmed by Simultaneous Magnetoencephalography and Intracranial Electroencephalography Recordings in Patients with Intractable Epilepsy.

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    Shirozu, Hiroshi; Hashizume, Akira; Masuda, Hiroshi; Fukuda, Masafumi; Ito, Yosuke; Nakayama, Yoko; Higashijima, Takefumi; Kameyama, Shigeki

    2016-01-01

    Gradient magnetic-field topography (GMFT) is one method for analyzing magnetoencephalography (MEG) and representing the spatiotemporal dynamics of activity on the brain surface. In contrast to spatial filters, GMFT does not include a process reconstructing sources by mixing sensor signals with adequate weighting. Consequently, noisy sensors have localized and limited effects on the results, and GMFT can handle MEG recordings with low signal-to-noise ratio. This property is derived from the principle of the planar-type gradiometer, which obtains maximum gradient magnetic-field signals just above the electrical current source. We assumed that this characteristic allows GMFT to represent even faint changes in brain activities that cannot be achieved with conventional equivalent current dipole analysis or spatial filters. GMFT is thus hypothesized to represent brain surface activities from onset to propagation of epileptic discharges. This study aimed to validate the spatiotemporal accuracy of GMFT by analyzing epileptic activities using simultaneous MEG and intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG) recordings. Participants in this study comprised 12 patients with intractable epilepsy. Epileptic spikes simultaneously detected on both MEG and iEEG were analyzed by GMFT and voltage topography (VT), respectively. Discrepancies in spatial distribution between GMFT and VT were evaluated for each epileptic spike. On the lateral cortices, areas of GMFT activity onset were almost concordant with VT activities arising at the gyral unit level (concordance rate, 66.7-100%). Median time lag between GMFT and VT at onset in each patient was 11.0-42.0 ms. On the temporal base, VT represented basal activities, whereas GMFT failed but instead represented propagated activities of the lateral temporal cortices. Activities limited to within the basal temporal or deep brain region were not reflected on GMFT. In conclusion, GMFT appears to accurately represent brain activities of the

  8. 颅内电极脑电监测辅助下难治性枕叶癫痫的外科治疗%Surgical treatment of intractable occipital lobe epilepsy with intracranial video eletroencephalogram

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    郭毅; 郭金竹; 窦万臣; 周祥琴; 卢强; 金丽日; 苏长保; 孔燕国

    2012-01-01

    目的 初步探索在颅内有创脑电监测下进行难治性枕叶癫痫外科治疗的效果.方法 回顾性分析8例应用有创脑电监测的枕叶癫痫病例,所有病例均经过磁共振(MRI)、正电子发射断层扫描(PET)、头皮视频脑电监测(VEEG)等术前评估,初步判断癫痫起源在枕叶,再应用有创脑电监测,进一步明确致痫区的位置和范围,2期行致痫区手术切除.结果 术后无死亡及严重并发症,其中1例视野缺损稍有加重.6例患者术后随访超过1 a,2例患者随访超过半年,其中6例术后无癫痫发作,2例发作次数明显减少.结论 颅内电极长程脑电监测对于明确致痫区及视觉皮层、确定并精确切除致病区具有重要意义,在其辅助下难治性枕叶癫痫的外科疗效提高,并发症减少.%Objective To investigate the effect of surgical treatment using intracranial video electroencephalogram (iVEEC) in patients with intractable occipital lobe epilepsy. Methods The clinical data for eight patients undergoing implantation of intractable epilepsy were retrospectively reviewed. All patients underwent MR], position emission tomography (PET) and scalp video electroencephalogram (VEEG) that indicated occipital lobe'epilepsy, then iVEEG that contributed to confirm the location of seizure foci and the lesionectomy were performed. Results No severe complication occurred due to the implantation, only one patient' s field of vision was damaged lightly. Six patients were seizure-free, two patients' seizure frequencies reduced significantly. Conclusion iVEEG is considerable for identification of seizure foci and visual cortex. The therapeutic effect of operations to intractable occipital lobe epilepsy would improve with its help, and the complication would reduce simultaneously.

  9. Neural Stem Cell Grafting in an Animal Model of Chronic Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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    Hattiangady, Bharathi; Shetty, Ashok K.

    2011-01-01

    Neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation into the hippocampus could offer an alternative therapy to hippocampal resection in patients with drug-resistant chronic epilepsy, which afflicts ~30% of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) cases. Multipotent, self-renewing NSCs could be expanded from multiple regions of the developing and adult brain, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). However, to provide a comprehensive methodology involved in testing the effica...

  10. Autologous adipose-derived regenerative cells are effective for chronic intractable radiation injuries

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    Effective therapy for chronic radiation injuries, such as ulcers, is prone to infection. Stiffness is expected since the therapeutic radiation often involves wider and deeper tissues and often requires extensive debridement and reconstruction, which are not sometimes appropriate for elderly and compromised hosts. Autologous adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) are highly yielding, forming relatively elderly aged consecutive 10 cases, 63.6±14.9 y (52-89 y), with mean radiation dose of 75.0±35.4 Gy (50-120 Gy) were included with at least 10-month follow-up. Minimal debridement and ADRC injection in the wound bed and margin along with the injection of mixture of fat and ADRCs in the periphery were tested for efficacy and regenerated tissue quality by clinically as well as imaging by computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Uncultured ADRCs of 1.6±1.3 x 107 cells were obtained. All cases healed uneventfully after 6.6±3.2 weeks (2-10 weeks) post-operatively. The done site morbidity was negligible and without major complications, such as paralysis or massive haematoma. The regenerated tissue quality was significantly superior to the pre-operative one and the mixture of fat and ADRCs connected to the intact tissue was very soft and pliable. Mean follow-up at 1.9±0.8 y (0.9-2.9 y) revealed no recurrence or new ulceration after treatment. Thus, the ADRCs treatment for decades-long radiation injuries is effective, safe and improves the quality of wounds. (authors)

  11. Epilepsy

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    ... which can led to embarrassment and frustration or bullying, teasing, or avoidance in school and other social ... may enter trials of experimental drugs and surgical interventions. More about epilepsy research NIH Patient Recruitment for ...

  12. Epilepsy

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    2008-01-01

    2008481 Application of amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation to the temporal lobe epilepsy with bilateral hippocampal sclerosis: an fMRI study. ZHANG Zhiqiang(张志强), et al.Dept Med Imaging, Clin Sch, Med Coll, Nanjing Univ, Nanjing 210002.Natl Med J China 2008;88(23):1594-1598. Objective To study the changes of amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF) of the resting-fMRI in the mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) with

  13. Epilepsy

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    2008115 Effect of commonly used antiepileptic drugs on cognitive functions of rats with pentylenetetrazol-induced epilepsy. WANG Xiaopeng(王晓鹏), et al. Dept Neurol, 2nd Hosp, Hebei Med Univ, Shijiazhuang 050000. Shanghai Med J 2007;30(12):920-923. Objective To observe the effect of antiepileptic drugs on the cognitive functions of rats with induced epilepsy. Methods Seventy male SD rats in their puberty were randomized into 7 groups,

  14. Epilepsy

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    2005267 Expression and their clinical significances of five multidrug resistance gene products in refractory epilepsy brain tissues. XIAO Zheng (肖争), et al. Dept Neurol,Lab, Affili Hosp, Chongqing Med Univ, Chongqing 400016, Chin J Neurol, 2004;37(6) 500-503. Objective: To investigate the expression and their clinical significances of five multidrug resistance gene products in human epileptogenic pathologies. Methods: 17 refractory epilepsy patients were divided into two groups: long course group (≥10 years) and short course group (<10 years). The expression

  15. Brain tumors in patients with intractable epilepsy:a clinicopathologic study of thirty-six cases%难治性癫痫相关脑肿瘤36例临床病理学特征分析

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    李岩; 刘永玲; 郭珺; 梁乐; 付静; 邢炜; 冷慧

    2016-01-01

    Objective To study the clinicopathologic features of brain tumors in patients with medically intractable epilepsy. Methods The clinical, radiologic and pathologic features of brain tumors in thirty-six patients with intractable epilepsy encountered during the period from 2008 to 2014 in the Epilepsy Center of Haidian Hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Results There were 18 males and 18 females in thirty-six patients. The mean age of seizure onset and disease duration were (14.05 ± 1.67) years and (10.04 ± 1.19) years respectively. The histological types of brain tumors included ganglioglioma (12/36, WHO gradeⅠ,1/36, WHO gradeⅡ), dysembryeplastic neuroepithelial tumor (2/36, WHO gradeⅠ), pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (1/36, WHO gradeⅡ), angiocentric glioma (1/36, WHO gradeⅠ), astrocytoma (4/36, WHO gradeⅡ), oligoastrocytoma (1/36, WHO gradeⅡ, 2/36, WHO gradeⅠ-Ⅱ), oligodendroglioma (1/36, WHO gradeⅠ-Ⅱ,1/36, WHO grade Ⅱ), cavernous hemangioma (4/36) and Sturge-Weber syndrome (1/36). Most of these tumors were located in temporal lobe (25/36, 69.4%). Patients were followed up for 0.5-7 years after operation. One patient was lost for follow up. Seizure outcome after the epilepsy operation revealed that 28 patients (77.8%) had Engel gradeⅠ, 4 patients (11.1%) had Engel gradeⅡ,2 patients (5.6%) had Engel gradeⅢ,1 patient (2.8%) had Engel gradeⅣ. Conclusion Brain tumors in patients with medically intractable epilepsy are almost low grade tumors of the nervous system. Focal cortical dysplasia is existed in most brain tissues from the epilepsy operation. Low grade tumors of the nervous system have close relation with focal cortical dysplasia in patients with medically intractable epilepsy. It is possible that the classifications of pathology diagnosis has connection with prognosis.%目的:分析并比较因难治性癫痫接受神经外科手术的36例脑肿瘤患者的临床病理学特点。方法对2008—2014年在北京市海淀

  16. Epilepsy

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    As surgical treatments for adult and pediatric forms of epilepsy have become more refined, methods for noninvasive localization of epileptogenic foci have become increasingly important. Detection of focal brain metabolic or flow abnormalities is now well recognized as an essential step in the presurgical evaluation of many patients with epilepsy. Positron emission tomography (PET) scanning is most beneficial when used in the context of the total clinical evaluation of patients, including scalp EEG, invasive EEG, neuropsychologic testing, etc. Metabolic PET studies also give insight into pathophysiologic mechanisms of epilepsy. The dynamic nature of the interictal hypometabolism observed with 18[F]FDG in some patients suggests that excitatory or inhibitory neurotransmitters and their receptors may be involved. An exciting current application of PET scanning is the use of tracers for neurotransmitter receptors in the study of epilepsy patients. Mu and non-mu opiate receptors have been extensively studied and are beginning to give new insights into this disorder. Increased labeling of mu receptors in temporal neocortex using 11C-carfentanil has been demonstrated and, in some patients, supplements the clinical localization information from 18[F]FDG studies. Increased mu opiate receptor number or affinity is thought to play a role in anticonvulsant mechanisms. Specificity of increased mu receptors is supported by the absence of significant changes in non-mu opiate receptors. Other brain receptors are also of interest for future studies, particularly those for excitatory neurotransmitters. Combined studies of flow, metabolism, and neuroreceptors may elucidate the factors responsible for initiation and termination of seizures, thus improving patient treatment.95 references

  17. Danish study of a Modified Atkins diet for medically intractable epilepsy in children: Can we achieve the same results as with the classical ketogenic diet?

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    Miranda, M. J.; Mortensen, M.; Povlsen, J. H.;

    2011-01-01

    Modified Atkins diet (MAD) is a less restrictive variety of the classical ketogenic diet (KD), used for treating patients with medically resistant epilepsy. There are only few reports comparing the two types of diets in terms of seizure reduction and tolerability. We compared the effect of a MAD...

  18. A Systems Level, Functional Genomics Analysis of Chronic Epilepsy

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    Winden, Kellen D.; Karsten, Stanislav L.; Anatol Bragin; Kudo, Lili C; Lauren Gehman; Josephine Ruidera; Geschwind, Daniel H.; Jerome Engel

    2011-01-01

    Neither the molecular basis of the pathologic tendency of neuronal circuits to generate spontaneous seizures (epileptogenicity) nor anti-epileptogenic mechanisms that maintain a seizure-free state are well understood. Here, we performed transcriptomic analysis in the intrahippocampal kainate model of temporal lobe epilepsy in rats using both Agilent and Codelink microarray platforms to characterize the epileptic processes. The experimental design allowed subtraction of the confounding effects...

  19. The acute and chronic effect of vagus nerve stimulation in genetic absence epilepsy rats from Strasbourg (GAERS)

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    S Dedeurwaerdere; K. Vonck; P Hese van; W.J. Wadman; P Boon

    2005-01-01

    PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of acute and chronic vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in genetic absence epilepsy rats from Strasbourg (GAERS). This is a validated model for absence epilepsy, characterized by frequent spontaneous absences concomitant with spike and wave disc

  20. The Putative Role of Viruses, Bacteria, and Chronic Fungal Biotoxin Exposure in the Genesis of Intractable Fatigue Accompanied by Cognitive and Physical Disability.

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    Morris, Gerwyn; Berk, Michael; Walder, Ken; Maes, Michael

    2016-05-01

    Patients who present with severe intractable apparently idiopathic fatigue accompanied by profound physical and or cognitive disability present a significant therapeutic challenge. The effect of psychological counseling is limited, with significant but very slight improvements in psychometric measures of fatigue and disability but no improvement on scientific measures of physical impairment compared to controls. Similarly, exercise regimes either produce significant, but practically unimportant, benefit or provoke symptom exacerbation. Many such patients are afforded the exclusionary, non-specific diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome if rudimentary testing fails to discover the cause of their symptoms. More sophisticated investigations often reveal the presence of a range of pathogens capable of establishing life-long infections with sophisticated immune evasion strategies, including Parvoviruses, HHV6, variants of Epstein-Barr, Cytomegalovirus, Mycoplasma, and Borrelia burgdorferi. Other patients have a history of chronic fungal or other biotoxin exposure. Herein, we explain the epigenetic factors that may render such individuals susceptible to the chronic pathology induced by such agents, how such agents induce pathology, and, indeed, how such pathology can persist and even amplify even when infections have cleared or when biotoxin exposure has ceased. The presence of active, reactivated, or even latent Herpes virus could be a potential source of intractable fatigue accompanied by profound physical and or cognitive disability in some patients, and the same may be true of persistent Parvovirus B12 and mycoplasma infection. A history of chronic mold exposure is a feasible explanation for such symptoms, as is the presence of B. burgdorferi. The complex tropism, life cycles, genetic variability, and low titer of many of these pathogens makes their detection in blood a challenge. Examination of lymphoid tissue or CSF in such circumstances may be warranted. PMID

  1. Glycophospholipid Formulation with NADH and CoQ10 Significantly Reduces Intractable Fatigue in Western Blot-Positive ‘Chronic Lyme Disease’ Patients: Preliminary Report

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    Garth L. Nicolson

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: An open label 8-week preliminary study was conducted in a small number of patients to determine if a combination oral supplement containing a mixture of phosphoglycolipids, coenzyme Q10 and microencapsulated NADH and other nutrients could affect fatigue levels in long-term, Western blot-positive, multi-symptom ‘chronic Lyme disease’ patients (also called ‘post-treatment Lyme disease’ or ‘post Lyme syndrome’ with intractable fatigue. Methods: The subjects in this study were 6 males (mean age = 45.1 ± 12.4 years and 10 females (mean age = 54.6 ± 7.4 years with ‘chronic Lyme disease’ (determined by multiple symptoms and positive Western blot analysis that had been symptomatic with chronic fatigue for an average of 12.7 ± 6.6 years. They had been seen by multiple physicians (13.3 ± 7.6 and had used many other remedies, supplements and drugs (14.4 ± 7.4 without fatigue relief. Fatigue was monitored at 0, 7, 30 and 60 days using a validated instrument, the Piper Fatigue Scale.Results: Patients in this preliminary study responded to the combination test supplement, showing a 26% reduction in overall fatigue by the end of the 8-week trial (p< 0.0003. Analysis of subcategories of fatigue indicated that there were significant improvements in the ability to complete tasks and activities as well as significant improvements in mood and cognitive abilities. Regression analysis of the data indicated that reductions in fatigue were consistent and occurred with a high degree of confidence (R2= 0.998. Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2012, 2(3:35-47 Conclusions: The combination supplement was a safe and effective method to significantly reduce intractable fatigue in long-term patients with Western blot-positive ‘chronic Lyme disease.’

  2. Expressional changes of chloride channel in human temporal foci with intractable epilepsy%氯通道在难治性颞叶癫痫病灶内的表达变化

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    冯亚波; 姚红; 满晓; 杜怡峰; 陈春富; 尚伟; 郭华; 迟兆富

    2009-01-01

    目的 研究ClC-2、ClC-3氯通道在难治性癫痫病灶中表达的变化,并探讨这种分布和表达变化的意义.方法 取20例难治性癫痫患者手术切除的病灶及20例脑血管畸形患者手术切除的正常脑组织,分别采用SABC法对ClC-2、ClC_3氯通道免疫组化染色,采用RT-PCR方法检测ClC-2、ClC-3氯通道mRNA.RT-PCR凝胶电泳图像应用1D Image Analysis Software分析.结果 ClC-2、ClC-3氯通道在癫痫灶和正常脑组织中皆有表达,但RT-PCR半定量分析显示:在癫痫灶中ClC-2氯通道表达的相对密度(0.34±0.16)低于正常脑组织(0.81±0.11),差异具有显著性(P<0.05);而ClC-3氯通道在癫痫灶中的表达的相对密度(0.83±0.09)高于正常脑组织(0.53±0.14),差异具有显著性(P<0.05).结论 难治性癫痫病灶中ClC-2通道表达减少,ClC-3通道表达增加,可能是难治性癫痫发作频发且难以控制的原因之一,也可能为癫痫发作的继发性改变.%Objective To investigate the expressional changes of voltage-gated chloride channel CIC-2, CIC-3 in human temporal foci with intractable epilepsy. Methods The specimens were obtained from 20 patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy and 20 patients with arteriovenous malformation as control, lmmunohisto-chemistry and RT-PCR was used to detect the expression of CIC-2, CIC-3 chloride channel. The gel eleclrophore-sis images of RT-PCR were analysised by 1D Image Analysis Software. Results Chloride channel CIC-2 and CIC-3 expressed both in epileptic foci and the normal. Serni-quantitive RT-PCR showed that the relative density of CIC-2 mRNA expression in epileptic foci(0. 34 ±0. 16) was lower than that in the normal (0. 81 ±0. 11 ) (P< 0. 05 ) ;the relative density of CIC-3 mRNA in epileptic foci ( 0. 83 ± 0. 09 ) was higher than that in the normal (0.53 ±0. 14)(P<0.05). Conclusion The decrease of CIC-2 and the increase of CIC-3 in epileptic foci may be one of the reasons why the seizures in intractable

  3. Danish study of a modified Atkins diet for medically intractable epilepsy in children: can we achieve the same results as with the classical ketogenic diet?

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    Miranda, Maria J; Mortensen, Mette; Povlsen, Jane H; Nielsen, Helle; Beniczky, Sándor

    2011-03-01

    Modified Atkins diet (MAD) is a less restrictive variety of the classical ketogenic diet (KD), used for treating patients with medically resistant epilepsy. There are only few reports comparing the two types of diets in terms of seizure reduction and tolerability. We compared the effect of a MAD evaluated prospectively on 33 consecutive children with medically resistant epilepsy, with a group of 50 patients, previously treated with KD. Patients who had >50% seizure reduction were considered responders. After 3 months on the MAD, 17 patients (52%) were responders, including 14 (42%) who had >90% seizure reduction. After 6 months, 13 patients (39%) were responders. Seventeen patients (52%) remained on the MAD at least 12 months with excellent overall tolerance and compliance, including 9 patients (27%) who were responders, 4 of them (12%) having >90% seizure reduction. Although there was a trend for higher incidence of responders in the KD group, this failed to reach the level of significance: after 6 months 39% on MAD and 60% on KD were responders. However, this trend was not observed when the two groups were adjusted for difference in age (patients in the MAD group were older than the KD group). In conclusion, our experience suggests that the MAD is similarly effective as the KD in reducing seizure frequency in children with medically resistant epilepsy.

  4. The Effectiveness of Magnesium Sulfate in Treatment of Intractable Epilepsy:A report of 72 Cases%硫酸镁辅助治疗顽固性癫癎72例

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    李德香; 闫士广; 李学松; 李仁祧; 李茂绪; 车峰远

    2001-01-01

    目的:探讨硫酸镁辅助治疗顽固性癫癎的剂量、方法及疗效。方法:治疗组72例,用25%硫酸镁10 mL静脉滴注,或用16.5%硫酸镁10 mL口服。对照组36例给予常规抗癫癎药物,卡马西平或苯妥英钠加苯巴比妥或氯硝西泮加用γ-氨基丁酸等治疗。结果:治疗组有效率87.5%,对照组有效率44.4%,两组比较经统计学分析P<0.01,差异极显著。结论:硫酸镁联合一线抗癫癎药治疗顽固性癫癎的方法简单易行,具有良好效果。%Objective:To determine the dosage,method and effectiveness of using magnesium sulfate for treating the intractable epilepsy.Methods:72 cases were allocated to treatment group and 36 to control group. For those in the treatment group,either 10 mL of 25% MgSO4 was administered by intravenous drip or 10 mL of 16.5% MgSO4 by oral intake once per day,in addition to the use of the commonly used antiepilepsy drugs. For those in the control group,the commonly used antiepilepsy drugs such as tegretol,sodium phenytoin,luminal or γ-Aminobutyric Acid were employed.Results:The improvement rate in the treatment group was 87.50%,higher than that (44.44%) in the control group (P<0.01).Conclusion:Using magnesium sulfate in conjunction with the antiepilepsy drugs is a simple yet effective regime for the treatment of the intractable epilepsy.

  5. Coexistent ganglioglioma, focal cortical dysplasia, and hippocampal sclerosis (triple pathology) in chronic epilepsy.

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    Prayson, Richard A; Gales, Jordan M

    2015-10-01

    The most commonly identified pathologies in patients with medically intractable epilepsy include focal cortical dysplasia, hippocampal sclerosis, tumors, and remote ischemic damage. Surgery has proven to be an effective therapeutic modality in most of such patients. The coexistence of multiple pathologies in resected tissues is well documented, particularly ganglioglioma and focal cortical dysplasia. Cases of triple pathology are, however, extraordinarily unusual. We report 2 cases of triple pathology including hippocampal sclerosis, ganglioglioma, and focal cortical dysplasia. Cases of pathologically confirmed hippocampal sclerosis diagnosed between January 2000 to December 2012 (n= 349) were reviewed, and only 2 cases (0.6%) with triple pathology were identified. The histopathologic and clinical features of these 2 cases are reviewed. The patients included a 6-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy. The former patient presented with a 4-year history of epilepsy and oppositional defiant disorder. Imaging identified a lesion in the left parahippocampal gyrus and posterior hippocampus. The latter patient presented with an 8-year history of epilepsy, attention deficient hyperactivity disease, and a pervasive developmental disorder. Imaging identified a lesion in the left posterior temporal and occipital region. Resected tissues in both patients showed a ganglioglioma (World Health Organization grade I) with accompanying focal cortical dysplasia and hippocampal sclerosis. Both patients were seizure free on antiepileptic medication at last follow-up at 20 and 38 months, respectively. The prevalence of triple pathology including hippocampal sclerosis is low (<1% in the current study). Surgical intervention for triple pathology cases anecdotally appears effective in achieving seizure control. PMID:26235882

  6. The Family Pictures subtest of the WMS-III: relationship to verbal and visual memory following temporal lobectomy for intractable epilepsy.

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    Chapin, Jessica S; Busch, Robyn M; Naugle, Richard I; Najm, Imad M

    2009-05-01

    This study examined the extent to which the Family Pictures (FP) subtest of the Wechsler Memory Scale-Third Edition (WMS-III) is related to verbal memory measures and right mesial temporal integrity. Epilepsy patients who underwent temporal lobectomy did not differ in the extent to which FP scores changed from before to after surgery, although postoperative FP performance was worse in those who underwent right temporal lobectomy than in those who underwent left temporal lobectomy. FP was most strongly related to the Logical Memory subtest from the WMS-III. Results suggest that FP measures both verbal and visual memory and is minimally sensitive to lateralization of temporal lobectomy.

  7. Prospective multicenter study on long-term ketogenic diet therapy for intractable childhood epilepsy%长期生酮饮食治疗儿童难治性癫(癎)的前瞻性多中心研究

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    中华医学会儿科学分会神经学组生酮饮食疗法协作组

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of long-term ketogenic diet (KD) on the children with intractable epilepsy.Method This was a prospective,open-label study of intractable epilepsy patients treated with the classic KD with a lipid-to-nonlipid ratio 4:1 between October 2004 and July 2011 at five Chinese epilepsy centers.A total of 299 patients were enrolled.The patients were divided into different groups according to age (including the below-l-year-old group,1-to-3-year-old group,3-to-6-year-old group,6-to-10-year-old group,and over-10-year-old group),etiology (cryptogenic epilepsy,symptomatic epilepsy,and idiopathic epilepsy),and the seizure types (included infantile spasm,Lennox-Gastaut syndrome,Ohtahara syndrome,tuberous sclerosis,Dravet syndrome,generalized epilepsy,and partial epilepsy).Parents were assigned to write seizure diaries which recorded the seizure presentations,tolerability,and complications associated with the KD.Patients' weight and height were measured every week.Blood β-hydroxybutyric acid,blood sugar,and urinary ketone bodies were monitored closely.Patients were followed up through telephone calls hy the nutritionists every month and regular outpatient visits or hospitalizations were recommended at all time-points which included the third,sixth and twelfth month after initiation.Efficacy was measured through seizure frequency.The variables related to the efficacy were also analyzed.SPSS 17.0 was used for all statistical analysis.Result At 3,6,and 12 months after initiation,65.9%,44.8%,and 26.4% patients remained on the diet,and 37.4%,26.1%,and 20.4% had a >50% reduction in their seizure frequency,including 21.7%,10.7%,and l l.0% who became seizure free,respectively.At 24 months after initiation,29 patients remained on the diet,and 28 patients had a >90% seizure reduction,including five became seizure free.At 36 months after initiation,7 patients remained on the diet,and all of them had a > 90% seizure

  8. Clinical application of functional MRI for chronic epilepsy; Klinischer Einsatz der funktionellen MRT bei chronischer Epilepsie

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    Woermann, F.G.; Labudda, K. [Krankenhaus Mara, Epilepsiezentrum Bethel, Abteilung fuer Magentresonanztomographie, Bielefeld (Germany)

    2010-02-15

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is frequently used in the presurgical diagnostic procedure of epilepsy patients, in particular for lateralization of speech and memory and for localization of the primary motor cortex to delineate the epileptogenic lesion from eloquent brain areas. fMRI is one of the non-invasive procedures in the presurgical diagnostic process, together with medical history, seizure semiology, neurological examination, interictal and ictal EEG, structural MRI, video EEG monitoring and neuropsychology. This diagnostic sequence leads either to the decision for or against elective epilepsy surgery or to the decision to proceed with invasive diagnostic techniques (Wada test, intra-operative or extra-operative cortical stimulation). It is difficult to evaluate the contribution of the fMRI test in isolation to the validity of the entire diagnostic sequence. Complications such as memory loss and aphasia in temporal lobe resections or paresis after frontal lobe resections are rare and rarely of disastrous extent. This further complicates the evaluation of the clinical relevance of fMRI as a predictive tool. In this article studies which investigated the concordance between fMRI and other diagnostic gold standards will be presented as well as the association between presurgical fMRI and postsurgical morbidity. (orig.) [German] Die funktionelle Magnetresonanztomographie (fMRT) wird im Rahmen der Epilepsiediagnostik vor epilepsiechirurgischen Eingriffen insbesondere zur Lateralisation von Sprache und Gedaechtnis und zur Lokalisation der Zentralregion eingesetzt, um den eloquenten Kortex von der epilepsieverursachenden, chirurgisch zugaenglichen Laesion abzugrenzen. Dabei ist die fMRT Teil einer Sequenz nichtinvasiver klinischer Tests (Anamnese, Anfall-Semiologie, neurologischer Status, interiktales und iktales EEG, strukturelles MRT, Video-EEG-Monitoring, Neuropsychologie). Das Ergebnis dieser Sequenz ist die Entscheidung fuer oder gegen einen

  9. Impact of ketogenic diet on emotional and social behavior in children with intractable epilepsy%生酮饮食对难治性癫痫患儿情绪和社会行为的影响

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    徐文成; 陶玺宬; 周自云; 吴德; 唐久来

    2015-01-01

    目的:了解生酮饮食( ketogenic diet,KD)对难治性癫痫患儿情绪和社会行为的影响。方法采用前瞻性病例对照研究,对66例难治性癫痫患儿,在告知相关生酮治疗疗效和不良反应后由家长选择入组,加用生酮饮食治疗的35例为生酮组,继续单用抗癫痫药物治疗的31例为对照组。研究启动前对两组患儿进行情绪和社会行为评估,生酮饮食治疗启动后,分别在第3、6、12个月再进行情绪和社会行为的评估,将评分结果转化成T分进行分析,比较生酮组和对照组之间,以及生酮组自身治疗前后患儿情绪和社会行为的改变情况。结果生酮组生酮饮食治疗后第3、6、12个月,患儿的问题维度(忧郁、焦虑、冲动性、攻击性)较对照组明显下降(P<0.05);能力维度(注意力、依从性、模仿)较对照组有明显提高(P<0.05),其中在治疗初3个月改善最为明显。结论生酮饮食能明显改善难治性癫痫患儿的情绪和社会行为,较为安全。%Objective To understand the impact of the ketogenic diet ( ketogenic diet, KD) on the emotional and social behavior in children with refractory epilepsy. Methods A prospective case-control study was performed in 66 cases of children with intractable epilepsy from June 2011 to December 2014 treated in the hospital. After the relevant ketogenic diet efficacy and adverse reactions were informed, the groups were selected by the parents(35 cases in the patient group received completely fasting ketogenic diet treatment regimen, and 31 cases in the control group continued to receive the antiepileptic drug treatment) . Before the onset of study, the motional and social behavior of two groups of children was assessed, and after the ketogenic diet treatment, the emotional and social behavior in the following 3, 6, 12 months was assessed again, then the results of the assessment were transformed into T points scoring and compared, and the changes in the

  10. 生酮饮食治疗儿童难治性癫痫的进展%Progress of ketogenic diet treatment of intractable epilepsy in Children

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    王明梅; 谢蒙蒙(综述); 朱登纳(审校)

    2015-01-01

    Refractory childhood epilepsy refers to those cases with dififcult control of epileptic attacks after at least two formal anticonvulsants treatment. Recently, ketogenic diet (KD), a high-fat, low-carbohydrate and adequate-protein diet, becomes an important method for the treatment of refractory epilepsy in children. Before employing KD, children should be checked to exclude known metabolic diseases. Although the mechanism of KD treatment is not entirely clear, it has a certain clinical curative effect. Many factors inlfuence the curative effect of KD. Most of the adverse effects of KD treatment are transient and can be recovered through active prevention and handling, which gives a generally good prognosis.%儿童难治性癫痫是指经2种以上抗癫痫药物的正规治疗,发作仍不能完全控制的癫痫。而生酮饮食(KD)作为一种特殊饮食(高脂肪、低碳水化合物、适量蛋白质的饮食),是治疗儿童难治性癫痫的重要方法。实施KD前,需排除某些代谢性疾病。虽然KD的治疗机制尚未完全明确,但已取得一定的临床疗效。多种因素影响KD的疗效。KD治疗中的不良反应大多为一过性,经积极预防和处理,一般预后良好。

  11. Outcome and antiepileptic drug policies after childhood epilepsy surgery in children

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    Boshuisen, K.

    2015-01-01

    Epilepsy is defined as a disorder of the brain characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures. Of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy, 70–80% respond well to medical treatment, while 20–30% develop intractable epilepsy. For intractable epilepsy patients with a clearly

  12. 难治性癫痫细胞模型中神经元损伤及神经突起的变化%Neuronal damage and neurite change in cell model of intractable epilepsy

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    吴原; 刘秀颖; 王学峰; 唐玉兰; 余璐; 苏婕; 吴月娟; 马美刚

    2011-01-01

    Objective To establish the cell model of intractable epilepsy and to observe its neuronal damage and morphologic change of neurites.Methods The model was established by exposing hippocampal neurons to Mg2+ -free media for 3 hours on days 10 of culture.Expression of lactic acid dehydrogenase (LDH) in supernatant was measured as an index of neuronal damage.The morphologic change of neurons and neurites was observed by optical microscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM).Results Compared to the control group, level of LDH (U/L) was significantly increased in the model group at different time points (3 hours: 4.26 ± 1.28, 6 hours: 6.56 ±2.34 and 24 hours: 16.67 ±3.57, P <0.05).With time prolonging, release of LDH in the model group was gradually increased (F = 39.316,P <0.05).Under optical microscope, neurons of model group migrated closely to each other and neurite connections appeared to be gradually "reticulated" after Mg2+ -free media treatment for 24 hours; and the "reticulated" neurites connections become more obvious after 72 hours.Under SEM, neuronal membrane was rough and had several small depressions, neurites were interlaced in cluster.Conclusions Neuronal damage and morphologic change of neurites are verified in the cell model of intractable epilepsy.%目的 了解难治性癫痫细胞模型神经元损伤情况及神经突起的形态学变化.方法 培养至第10天的海马神经元用无镁液处理3 h,制备成难治性癫痫细胞模型,测定乳酸脱氢酶(lactic acid dehydrogenase,LDH)释放量了解神经元损伤情况,应用光学显微镜及扫描电镜观察神经元和神经突起的形态学变化.结果 模型组LDH释放量(U/L)在无镁液处理后3、6、24 h(分别为4.26±1.28、6.56±2.34和16.67±3.57)均较对照组明显升高(LSD法,P<0.05).随着时间的延长,模型组LDH释放量逐渐升高(F=39.316,P<0.05).经无镁液处理后24 h,光学显微镜下可见神经元胞体相互靠近,神经突起相互迁移聚集,

  13. Standard magnetic resonance imaging is inadequate for patients with refractory focal epilepsy.

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    Oertzen, J. von; Urbach, H.; Jungbluth, S.; Kurthen, M.; Reuber, M.; Fernandez, G.S.E.; Elger, C.E.

    2002-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Patients with intractable epilepsy may benefit from epilepsy surgery especially if they have a radiologically demonstrable cerebral lesion. Dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols as performed at epilepsy surgery centres can detect epileptogenic abnormalities with great sens

  14. Epilepsy - children

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    Seizure disorder - children; Convulsion - childhood epilepsy; Medically refractory childhood epilepsy; Anticonvulsant - childhood epilepsy; Antiepileptic drug - childhood epilepsy; AED - childhood epilepsy

  15. Support vector machines for seizure detection in an animal model of chronic epilepsy

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    Nandan, Manu; Talathi, Sachin S.; Myers, Stephen; Ditto, William L.; Khargonekar, Pramod P.; Carney, Paul R.

    2010-06-01

    We compare the performance of three support vector machine (SVM) types: weighted SVM, one-class SVM and support vector data description (SVDD) for the application of seizure detection in an animal model of chronic epilepsy. Large EEG datasets (273 h and 91 h respectively, with a sampling rate of 1 kHz) from two groups of rats with chronic epilepsy were used in this study. For each of these EEG datasets, we extracted three energy-based seizure detection features: mean energy, mean curve length and wavelet energy. Using these features we performed twofold cross-validation to obtain the performance statistics: sensitivity (S), specificity (K) and detection latency (τ) as a function of control parameters for the given SVM. Optimal control parameters for each SVM type that produced the best seizure detection statistics were then identified using two independent strategies. Performance of each SVM type is ranked based on the overall seizure detection performance through an optimality index metric (O). We found that SVDD not only performed better than the other SVM types in terms of highest value of the mean optimality index metric (\\skew3\\bar{O} ) but also gave a more reliable performance across the two EEG datasets.

  16. Treatment of intractable chronic pelvic pain syndrome by injecting a compound of Bupivacaine and Fentanyl into sacral spinal space

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    ZHOU Zhan-song; SONG Bo; NIE Fa-chuan; CHEN Jin-mei

    2006-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the effect of injecting a compound of Bupivacaine and Fentanyl into sacral spinal space to treat chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). Methods: A total of 36 men with recalcitrant CPPS refractory to multiple prior therapies were treated with the injection of a compound of Bupivacaine and Fentanyl (10 ml of 0. 125% upivacaine, .05 mg Fentanyl, 5 mg Dexamethasone, 100 mg Vitamin B1 and 1 mg Vitamin B12) into sacral space once a week for 4 weeks. The National Institute of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI), maximum and average flow rate were performed at the start and the end of 4 weeks' therapy. Results :Mean NIH-CPSI total score was decreased from 26.5±.6 to 13.4±2.0 (P<0. 001). Significant improvement was seen in each subscore domain. A total of 32 patients (89%) had at least 25% improvement on NIH-CPSI and 22 (61%) had at least 50% improvement. Maximal and average flow rate were increased from 19. 5±3.8 to 23. 6±4. 2 and 10. 9±2.6 to 14.3± 2.4 respectively. Conclusion: Injection of this compound of Bupivacaine, Fentanyl and Dexamethasone into sacral spinal space is an effective and safe approach for recalcitrant CPPS. Further study of the mechanisms and prospective placebo controlled trials are warranted.

  17. Association between human cytomegalovirus and onset of epilepsy

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    Lei, Hong-Yan; Yang, Dai-Qun; Li, Yu-xin; WANG, LI-QUAN; Zheng, Mei

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To explore the association between human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and epilepsy. Methods: Epilepsy patients (n = 112) in neurology clinic of our hospital during January 2012 and December 2014 were allocated to the case groups, including intractable epilepsy group (n = 96) and non-intractable epilepsy group (n = 16). Healthy individual (n = 120) who received physical examination during the same period were allocated to the control group. The expression of serum HCMV late gene pp67-RNA ...

  18. 颞叶癫痫患者颞叶切除术前后的记忆评估%Effects of temporal lobectomy on memorial function in patient with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy

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    刘琴; 杜浩; 黄玲玥; 徐国政

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of temporal lobectomy on memorial function in the patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (ITLE). Methods The clinical data of 17 patients with ITLE undergoing temporal lobectomy from July, 2012 to December, 2013 were analyzed retrospectively. The memory quotient (MQ) was determined by Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS) before the surgery and 6 months after the surgery in all the patients. Results The overall MQ value [(104.76±4.96) points] was significantly higher than that [(89.94±4.45) points] before the surgery in the patients with ITLE (P0.05). Conclusion The memorial function may be significantly improved by the temporal lobectomy in the patients with ITLE.%目的:探讨颞叶切除术对颞叶癫痫患者术后记忆功能的影响。方法回顾性分析2012年7月至2013年12月收治的17例颞叶癫痫患者的临床资料,采用成人韦氏量表测量患者颞叶切除术前及术后6个月记忆商(MQ)值。结果术前MQ平均值为(89.94±4.45),术后6个月为(104.76±4.96),差异显著(P0.05)。术前短时记忆MQ值为(46.29±2.43),术后为(54.94±3.18);术前瞬时MQ均值为(6.12±1.37),术后为(9.29±1.00);术后短时及瞬时MQ均较术前有显著差异(P<0.05)。EngleⅠ~Ⅱ级15例病人中,术后MQ较术前改善11例,无明显变化4例;EngleⅢ~Ⅳ级2例病人中,MQ值较术前下降1例,无改变1例。结论颞叶切除术可明显改善颞叶癫痫患者术后MQ。

  19. Effect of pregabalin on apoptotic regulatory genes in hippocampus of rats with chronic temporal lobe epilepsy

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To observe the effect of pregabalin on the expression of Bcl-2 and Bax in hippocampus of chronic epileptic rats induced by pilocarpine, to explore the anti-epileptic pharmacology mechanism of pregabalin, and its anti-apoptotic effect on hippocampal neurons of rats. Methods The model of chronic temporal lobe epileptic rats induced by lithium-pilocarpine was established, then the rats in pregabalin treatment group received intraperitoneal injection of pregabalin (40 mg/kg once daily for three weeks. The expression of Bcl-2 and Bax in hippocampus of all rats was detected by immunohistochemical technique and Western blotting. Results Compared with normal saline group rats, the expression of Bcl-2 and Bax in hippocampus of rats with chronic temporal lobe epilepsy was significantly increased (P = 0.000, for all. Pregabalin can down-regulate the expression of Bax and up-regulate the expression of Bcl-2 in hippocampus of rats compared to model group rats (P = 0.000, for all. Conclusion Pregabalin may have the effects of inhibiting cell apoptosis and protecting neurons through lowing Bax level and increasing Bcl-2 level in hippocampus of chronic temporal lobe epileptic rats.

  20. Clinical Characteristics of Chronic Intractable Insomnia Combined with Hypereension%慢性顽固性失眠合并高血压临床特点分析

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    刘敏科; 刘立

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨慢性顽固定失眠合并高血压患者的睡眠及血压变化特征,为临床治疗提供参考。方法:回顾性分析2009年4月-2012年5月本院脑病科收治的90例慢性失眠伴高血压患者的临床资料,按照降压药服用情况分为三组(A、B、C组),每组各30例。另选择同期健康门诊体检者30例作为对照组(D组)。全部对象接受多导睡眠监测、24 h动态血压监测,记录入院时催眠镇静药物的应用情况及各组睡眠、血压的变化。结果:镇静催眠药的应用率随着高血压的加重而不断升高,各组镇静催眠药的应用率比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);与D组相比,其他组PSQI总分增加(P<0.05),睡眠潜伏时间、觉醒时间均有明显延长(P<0.05),睡眠效率显著下降(P<0.01);A、B、C三组白天及夜晚SBP、DBP均显著高于D组(P<0.05),ΔSBP、ΔDBP明显低于D组(P<0.05)。结论:睡眠障碍的加剧与血压的升高有关,而失眠会影响血压的节律性变化。%Objective:To analyze the clinical characteristics of hypertension with chronic intractable insomnia,to observe the change of PSQI and blood pressure. Method:Clinical date of 90 cases with hypertension and chronic intractable insomnia were retrospectively analyzed from April 2009 to May 2012,all the patients were divided into three groups(group A,B,C)according to the antihypertensive use situation,each group had 30 cases. In addition,30 health check-up people were selected as a control group. All participants were underwent polysomnography recorded and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to evaluate the change of sleep and blood pressure. Result:The sedative hypnotics use rate was increased with the rise of blood pressure,the use rate among groups had significant difference(P<0.01);Compared with the group D,all the patients’ PQSI were increased(P<0.05);sleep latency time,wake after sleep onset also enhanced

  1. Epilepsy in children.

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    Arnold, S T; Dodson, W E

    1996-12-01

    Childhood epilepsies comprise a broad range of disorders which vary from benign to progressive and disabling. Accurate diagnosis of epilepsy type and determination of aetiology, when possible, are essential for appropriate treatment. The most common seizure type encountered in children is febrile seizures. These represent a benign condition which is not, in fact, epilepsy and usually does not require antiepileptic medication. When partial seizures occur in childhood, benign syndromes with spontaneous remission, such as rolandic epilepsy, must be distinguished from symptomatic epilepsies which may be refractory to medical management. Complex partial seizures in young children may appear different than in adults. The adverse effect profiles and dosing regimens of antiepileptic drugs in children are also different than in adults, and influence the choice of treatment. Epilepsy surgery should be considered for some children with intractible partial seizures. Generalized epilepsies also have a broader spectrum in children. The idiopathic generalized absence epilepsies are usually easy to control with medication. They range from childhood absence epilepsy which tends to remit in adolescence to juvenile myoclonic epilepsy which is a lifelong condition. In contrast, the seizures of West syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome are difficult to control, and treatment involves therapeutic modalities rarely used in adults such as ACTH and the ketogenic diet. Many childhood epilepsy syndromes have a familial predisposition, and the genetic bases for several disorders have been described.

  2. Vigabatrin in childhood epilepsy

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    Uldall, P; Alving, J; Gram, L;

    1995-01-01

    In an retrospective uncontrolled long-term study in 30 children with intractable epilepsy, it was found that treatment with vigabatrin resulted in a seizure reduction of more than 50% at 1-year follow-up in 40% of the children. The responders were all children with partial seizures. Side effects...

  3. Vigabatrin in childhood epilepsy

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    Uldall, P; Alving, J; Gram, L;

    1995-01-01

    In an retrospective uncontrolled long-term study in 30 children with intractable epilepsy, it was found that treatment with vigabatrin resulted in a seizure reduction of more than 50% at 1-year follow-up in 40% of the children. The responders were all children with partial seizures. Side effects ...

  4. Sudden cardiac arrest in a patient with epilepsy induced by chronic inflammation on the cerebral surface

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    Yuxi Liu; Weicheng Hao; Xiaoming Yang; Yimin Wang; Yu Su

    2012-01-01

    The present study analyzed a patient with epilepsy due to chronic inflammation on the cerebral surface underwent sudden cardiac arrest. Paradoxical brain discharge, which occurred prior to epileptic seizures, induced a sudden cardiac arrest. However, when the focal brain pressure was relieved, cardiac arrest disappeared. A 27-year-old male patient underwent pre-surgical video-electroencephalogram monitoring for 160 hours. During monitoring, secondary tonic-clonic seizures occurred five times. A burst of paradoxical brain discharges occurred at 2-19 seconds (mean 8 seconds) prior to epileptic seizures. After 2-3 seconds, sudden cardiac arrest occurred and lasted for 12-22 seconds (average 16 seconds). The heart rate subsequently returned to a normal rate. Results revealed arachnoid pachymenia and adhesions, as well as mucus on the focal cerebral surface, combined with poor circulation and increased pressure. Intracranial electrodes were placed using surgical methods. Following removal of the arachnoid adhesions and mucus on the local cerebral surface, paradoxical brain discharge and epileptic seizures occurred three times, but sudden cardiac arrest was not recorded during 150-hour monitoring. Post-surgical histological examination indicated meningitis. Experimental findings suggested that paradoxical brain discharge led to cardiac arrest instead of epileptic seizures; the insult was associated with chronic inflammation on the cerebral surface, which subsequently led to hypertension and poor blood circulation in focal cerebral areas.

  5. Seizure entrainment with polarizing low-frequency electric fields in a chronic animal epilepsy model

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    Sunderam, Sridhar; Chernyy, Nick; Peixoto, Nathalia; Mason, Jonathan P.; Weinstein, Steven L.; Schiff, Steven J.; Gluckman, Bruce J.

    2009-08-01

    Neural activity can be modulated by applying a polarizing low-frequency (Lt100 Hz) electric field (PLEF). Unlike conventional pulsed stimulation, PLEF stimulation has a graded, modulatory effect on neuronal excitability, and permits the simultaneous recording of neuronal activity during stimulation suitable for continuous feedback control. We tested a prototype system that allows for simultaneous PLEF stimulation with minimal recording artifact in a chronic tetanus toxin animal model (rat) of hippocampal epilepsy with spontaneous seizures. Depth electrode local field potentials recorded during seizures revealed a characteristic pattern of field postsynaptic potentials (fPSPs). Sinusoidal voltage-controlled PLEF stimulation (0.5-25 Hz) was applied in open-loop cycles radially across the CA3 of ventral hippocampus. For stimulated seizures, fPSPs were transiently entrained with the PLEF waveform. Statistical significance of entrainment was assessed with Thomson's harmonic F-test, with 45/132 stimulated seizures in four animals individually demonstrating significant entrainment (p < 0.04). Significant entrainment for multiple presentations at the same frequency (p < 0.01) was observed in three of four animals in 42/64 stimulated seizures. This is the first demonstration in chronically implanted freely behaving animals of PLEF modulation of neural activity with simultaneous recording.

  6. Seizure entrainment with polarizing low frequency electric fields in a chronic animal epilepsy model

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    Sunderam, Sridhar; Chernyy, Nick; Peixoto, Nathalia; Mason, Jonathan P.; Weinstein, Steven L.; Schiff, Steven J.; Gluckman, Bruce J.

    2009-01-01

    Neural activity can be modulated by applying a polarizing low frequency (≪ 100 Hz) electric field (PLEF). Unlike conventional pulsed stimulation, PLEF stimulation has a graded, modulatory effect on neuronal excitability, and permits the simultaneous recording of neuronal activity during stimulation suitable for continuous feedback control. We tested a prototype system that allows for simultaneous PLEF stimulation with minimal recording artifact in a chronic tetanus toxin animal model (rat) of hippocampal epilepsy with spontaneous seizures. Depth electrode local field potentials recorded during seizures revealed a characteristic pattern of field postsynaptic potentials (fPSPs). Sinusoidal voltage-controlled PLEF stimulation (0.5–25 Hz) was applied in open-loop cycles radially across the CA3 of ventral hippocampus. For stimulated seizures, fPSPs were transiently entrained with the PLEF waveform. Statistical significance of entrainment was assessed with Thomson’s harmonic F-test, with 45/132 stimulated seizures in 4 animals individually demonstrating significant entrainment (p < 0.04). Significant entrainment for multiple presentations at the same frequency (p < 0.01) was observed in 3 of 4 animals in 42/64 stimulated seizures. This is the first demonstration in chronically implanted freely behaving animals of PLEF modulation of neural activity with simultaneous recording. PMID:19602730

  7. [Current management of epilepsy].

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    Mizobuchi, Masahiro

    2013-09-01

    Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders. Global neurological knowledge is essential for differential diagnosis of epileptic syndromes due to the diversity of ictal semiology, causes and syndromes. Neurologists play an important role in planning the medical care for patients with epilepsy, as medication is the most fundamental therapeutic strategy. Some patients with early-onset epilepsy require joint care by pediatric neurologists, those with intractable epilepsy by neurosurgeons, and those with psychological comorbidity by psychiatrists, and neurologists should play a coordinating role. While there is a great need for neurologists to participate in epilepsy care, neurologists in Japan currently do not participate substantially in the epilepsy management system. It is necessary to train more neurologists who can provide epilepsy care and conduct basic and clinical research on epilepsy by providing continuous education on epilepsy for general neurologists as well as pre- and post-graduate medical students. Most of the patients who require long-term treatment experience many medical problems and social handicaps, such as adverse effects of medication, social stigma, educational disadvantages and difficulties in obtaining driver's license. To improve the quality of life of patients with epilepsy, it is desirable to build broad medical-social networks participated by patients, doctors, neurological nurses, psychologists, social workers, school teachers, managers of employment support facilities and care givers.

  8. [Current management of epilepsy].

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    Mizobuchi, Masahiro

    2013-09-01

    Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders. Global neurological knowledge is essential for differential diagnosis of epileptic syndromes due to the diversity of ictal semiology, causes and syndromes. Neurologists play an important role in planning the medical care for patients with epilepsy, as medication is the most fundamental therapeutic strategy. Some patients with early-onset epilepsy require joint care by pediatric neurologists, those with intractable epilepsy by neurosurgeons, and those with psychological comorbidity by psychiatrists, and neurologists should play a coordinating role. While there is a great need for neurologists to participate in epilepsy care, neurologists in Japan currently do not participate substantially in the epilepsy management system. It is necessary to train more neurologists who can provide epilepsy care and conduct basic and clinical research on epilepsy by providing continuous education on epilepsy for general neurologists as well as pre- and post-graduate medical students. Most of the patients who require long-term treatment experience many medical problems and social handicaps, such as adverse effects of medication, social stigma, educational disadvantages and difficulties in obtaining driver's license. To improve the quality of life of patients with epilepsy, it is desirable to build broad medical-social networks participated by patients, doctors, neurological nurses, psychologists, social workers, school teachers, managers of employment support facilities and care givers. PMID:24018740

  9. Nuclear imaging in epilepsy

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    Correct localization of epileptogenic zone is important for the successful epilepsy surgery. Both ictal perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and interictal F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) can provide useful information in the presurgical localization of intractable partial epilepsy. These imaging modalities have excellent diagnostic sensitivity in medial temporal lobe epilepsy and provide good presurgical information in neocortical epilepsy. Also provide functional information about cellular functions to better understand the neurobiology of epilepsy and to better define the ictal onset zone, symptomatogenic zone, propagation pathways, functional deficit zone and surround inhibition zones. Multimodality imaging and developments in analysis methods of ictal perfusion SPECT and new PET ligand other than FDG help to better define the localization

  10. Deep Brain Electrical Stimulation in Epilepsy

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    Rocha, Luisa L.

    2008-11-01

    The deep brain electrical stimulation has been used for the treatment of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, depression and epilepsy. Studies carried out in human brain indicate that the application of high frequency electrical stimulation (HFS) at 130 Hz in limbic structures of patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy abolished clinical seizures and significantly decreased the number of interictal spikes at focus. The anticonvulsant effects of HFS seem to be more effective in patients with less severe epilepsy, an effect associated with a high GABA tissue content and a low rate of cell loss. In addition, experiments using models of epilepsy indicate that HFS (pulses of 60 μs width at 130 Hz at subthreshold current intensity) of specific brain areas avoids the acquisition of generalized seizures and enhances the postictal seizure suppression. HFS is also able to modify the status epilepticus. It is concluded that the effects of HFS may be a good strategy to reduce or avoid the epileptic activity.

  11. Reviewing the history of epilepsy for defeating this chronic and stubborn disease

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    Han, Pu

    2014-01-01

    Human beings have been recognizing and treating epilepsy for more than 3000 years. The cause of this disease was understood as demons in ancient times. A theory of brain disease was firstly proposed by Hippocrates. Although there were many years of case observation and development of anatomy, epilepsy had not been better recognized. Before 1000 years, the word "epilepsy" was firstly called by Avicenna. Afterward scholars of many countries had made elementary progress in classification, ...

  12. Reviewing the history of epilepsy for defeating this chronic and stubborn disease

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    Full Text Available Human beings have been recognizing and treating epilepsy for more than 3000 years. The cause of this disease was understood as demons in ancient times. A theory of brain disease was firstly proposed by Hippocrates. Although there were many years of case observation and development of anatomy, epilepsy had not been better recognized. Before 1000 years, the word "epilepsy" was firstly called by Avicenna. Afterward scholars of many countries had made elementary progress in classification, signs and symptoms, pathology and treatment of epilepsy. The first monograph of epilepsy was published in 1881 by Gower. Then drug treatment and surgical treatment had been applied and developed. In recent 100 years, due to the establishment of International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE, publishing of Epilepsia and clinical employment of EEG, rapid progress has been made in basic and clinical study of epilepsy under the help of many other relative scientific knowledge. As early as over 3000 years before, there was already treatment of traditional Chinese medicine for epilepsy recorded in China. During the past 30 years, obvious advancement of learning and growing number of specialized personnel have been pushing epilepsy research forward in China. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2014.11.003

  13. Self-esteem, behavior, and concerns surrounding epilepsy in siblings of children with epilepsy.

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    Mims, J

    1997-04-01

    Researchers document the emotional impact of epilepsy on the child with seizures. Minimal data are available examining the effects of epilepsy on the siblings of children with seizures. Twenty children whose siblings had either frequent seizures or infrequent seizures were matched by age, gender, and birth order to control subjects with no chronic illness. These three groups were compared. Self-esteem, behavioral and social functioning, and family stress were measured by the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale, Child Behavior Checklist, and Family Inventory of Life Events. The siblings of children with epilepsy completed the Sibling Concern About Seizure Scale to define and measure their concerns surrounding epilepsy. There is no statistical difference in self-esteem or social functioning among the three groups. There is a trend toward increased incidence of externalizing behavior in siblings of children with frequent seizures. Data indicate a trend toward siblings of children with frequent seizures having more concerns about epilepsy than siblings of children with infrequent seizures. There is significantly more stress in families of children with frequent seizures compared to families of children with infrequent seizures and families of children with no chronic illness. Although there were no significant differences in the self-esteem, behavior, socialization, and concerns between the siblings in the family when compared to the control group or to each other, there were trends in the results that may be of clinical significance. These issues, along with the level of family stress, should be considered when coordinating and providing care to families of children with intractable epilepsy. PMID:9130093

  14. Intractable trigeminal neuralgia.

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    Paterson, J K

    1988-01-01

    In 49 cases of trigeminal neuralgia seen at the Abingdon Pain Relief Unit, Oxfordshire, the average time between initial onset of pain and first referral to the unit was 9.8 years. The pattern of presentation and distribution was no different from previously published studies, indicating that the more intractable cases cannot be predicted at first presentation.

  15. Alterations of taurine in the brain of chronic kainic acid epilepsy model.

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    Baran, H

    2006-10-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the changes of taurine in the kainic acid (KA, 10 mg/kg, s.c.) chronic model of epilepsy, six months after KA application. The KA-rats used were divided into a group of animals showing weak behavioural response to KA (WDS, rare focal convulsion; rating scale 3 up to 3 h after KA injection). The brain regions investigated were caudate nucleus, substantia nigra, septum, hippocampus, amygdala/piriform cortex, and frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital cortices. KA-rats with rating rats with rating >3 developed spontaneous recurrent seizures and six months after injection increased taurine levels were found in the caudate nucleus (162.5% of control) and hippocampus (126.6% of control), while reduced taurine levels were seen in the septum (78.2% of control). In summary, increased taurine levels in the hippocampus may involve processes for membrane stabilisation, thus favouring recovery after neuronal hyperactivity. The increased taurine levels in the caudate nucleus could be involved in the modulation of spontaneous recurrent seizure activity.

  16. SURGERY: Can This Be a Cure for Epilepsy?

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    McGoldrick, Patricia E.

    2010-01-01

    Previous articles have discussed patients with intractable epilepsy who have benefited from epilepsy surgery to remove or disconnect the area of the brain that propagates their seizures. Another group of people who may benefit from epilepsy surgery is those who have generalized seizures--seizures where there is no clear onset in the brain. These…

  17. Chronic treatment with levetiracetam reverses deficits in hippocampal LTP in vivo in experimental temporal lobe epilepsy rats.

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    Ge, Yu-Xing; Tian, Xiang-Zhu; Lin, Ying-Ying; Liu, Xue-Yuan

    2016-08-15

    Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), the common form of epilepsy in adults, often displays complex partial seizures and cognitive deficits. The underlying mechanisms of such deficits are not yet well understood. Many contributing factors, such as initial epileptogenic lesion, seizure type, age of onset, and treatment side effects have been proposed. Levetiracetam (LEV) is a novel anti-epileptic drug (AED) used to treat partial seizures and idiopathic generalized epilepsy. It has been suggested that LEV exerts antiepileptic properties by modulation of synaptic release of neurotransmitters. However, its neuroprotective effects on learning and memory are not yet well demonstrated. Here we showed the impairment of spatial memory in the pilocarpine-induced experimental TLE rats, which can be improved by LEV. Furthermore, we found chronic LEV treatment partially reversed the SE-induced synaptic dysfunction in hippocampal LTP induction in vivo. In addition, LEV treatment can alleviate the SE-induced abnormal GluR1 phosphorylation at Ser(831) site, which may contribute to the rescue of synaptic transmission. These results indicate the neuroprotective role for LEV while it exhibits an antiseizure effect on experimental epileptic models. PMID:27345386

  18. Intractable incontinence in the elderly.

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    Ouslander, J G

    2000-05-01

    The number of people living into extreme old age is rising exponentially in the USA, Europe and other developed countries. Urinary incontinence is prevalent in this population. While many very old (age > 75 years) incontinent individuals are relatively healthy and respond well to various treatments, a substantial proportion has impaired cognitive function and impaired mobility. These impairments make urinary incontinence much more difficult to assess, manage and cure than in younger populations. Irrespective of age and disability, a basic assessment of incontinence should be carried out to identify potentially reversible causes and indications for further evaluation. The outcome of such an assessment may not be cure or improvement of incontinence, but better quality of life and the prevention of morbid and expensive medical conditions that may result from poorly managed incontinence. Incontinence in this population should generally not be considered 'intractable' until a trial of noninvasive therapy (i.e. behavioural and/or pharmacological) has been undertaken. Some very frail elderly respond well to a toileting programme such as prompted voiding, and a small but significant proportion benefit from the careful addition of a bladder relaxant drug to the toileting programme. Others, depending on their ability and willingness to toilet and their preferences for further treatment, may be candidates for surgical intervention. Pads and garments should not be used so that they foster dependency, or as a primary treatment until other specific interventions have been tried. Indwelling catheters should be used only for specific and well-documented indications, because of the risks of urinary tract infection and sepsis associated with their long-term use. The dictionary defines 'intractable' as 'not easily relieved or cured'. In the elderly, cure for incontinence, and most other chronic conditions, is the exception rather than rule. Relief (or amelioration), improvement in

  19. Positron emission tomography in epilepsy

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    Positron emission tomography (PET) was performed with the 18F-fluoro-deoxy-glucose method on 29 patients with epilepsy (generalized epilepsy, 4; partial epilepsy, 24; undetermined type, 1). The subjects were restricted to patients with epilepsy without focal abnormality on X-CT. All the patients with generalized epilepsy showed a normal pattern on PET. Fourteen out of the 24 patients with partial epilepsy and the 1 with epilepsy of undermined type showed focal hypometabolism on PET. The hypometabolic zone was localized in areas including the temporal cortex in 11 patients, frontal in 2 and thalamus in 1. The location of hypometabolic zone and that of interictal paroxysmal activity on EEG were well correlated in most patients. The patients with poorly-controlled seizure showed a higher incidence of PET abnormality (12 out of 13) than those with well-controlled seizures (2 out of 11). The incidence of abnormality on PET and MRI and the location of both abnormality were not necessarily coincident. These results indicated that the PET examination in epilepsy provides valuable information about the location of epileptic focus, and that the findings on PET in patients with partial epilepsy may be one of the good indicators about the intractability of partial epilepsy, and that PET and MRI provide complementary information in the diagnosis of epilepsy. (author)

  20. Psychiatric Aspects of Childhood Epilepsy

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  1. N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor NR2B subunit involved in depression-like behaviours in lithium chloride-pilocarpine chronic rat epilepsy model.

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    Peng, Wei-Feng; Ding, Jing; Li, Xin; Fan, Fan; Zhang, Qian-Qian; Wang, Xin

    2016-01-01

    Depression is a common comorbidity in patients with epilepsy with unclear mechanisms. This study is to explore the role of glutamate N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor NR1, NR2A and NR2B subunits in epilepsy-associated depression. Lithium chloride (Licl)-pilocarpine chronic rat epilepsy model was established and rats were divided into epilepsy with depression (EWD) and epilepsy without depression (EWND) subgroups based on forced swim test. Expression of NMDA receptor NR1, NR2A and NR2B subunits was measured by western blot and immunofluorescence methods. The immobility time (IMT) was significantly greater in Licl-pilocarpine model group than in Control group, which was also greater in EWD group than in EWND group. No differences of spontaneous recurrent seizure (SRS) counts over two weeks and latency were found between EWD and EWND groups. The number of NeuN positive cells was significantly less in Licl-pilocarpine model group than in Control group, but had no difference between EWD and EWND groups. The ratios of phosphorylated NR1 (p-NR1)/NR1 and p-NR2B/NR2B were significantly greater in the hippocampus in EWD group than in EWND group. Moreover, the expression of p-NR1 and p-NR2B in the CA1 subfield of hippocampus were both greater in Licl-pilocarpine model group than Control group. Selective blockage of NR2B subunit with ifenprodil could alleviate depression-like behaviours of Licl-pilocarpine rat epilepsy model. In conclusion, glutamate NMDA receptor NR2B subunit was involved in promoting depression-like behaviours in the Licl-pilocarpine chronic rat epilepsy model and might be a target for treating epilepsy-associated depression.

  2. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in Children

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    Katherine C. Nickels

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The temporal lobe is a common focus for epilepsy. Temporal lobe epilepsy in infants and children differs from the relatively homogeneous syndrome seen in adults in several important clinical and pathological ways. Seizure semiology varies by age, and the ictal EEG pattern may be less clear cut than what is seen in adults. Additionally, the occurrence of intractable seizures in the developing brain may impact neurocognitive function remote from the temporal area. While many children will respond favorably to medical therapy, those with focal imaging abnormalities including cortical dysplasia, hippocampal sclerosis, or low-grade tumors are likely to be intractable. Expedient workup and surgical intervention in these medically intractable cases are needed to maximize long-term developmental outcome.

  3. Current and Emerging Surgical Therapies for Severe Pediatric Epilepsies.

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    Muh, Carrie R

    2016-05-01

    The use of epilepsy surgery in various medically resistant epilepsies is well established. For patients with intractable pediatric epilepsy, the role of intracranial electrodes, resective surgery, hemispherectomy, corpus callosotomy, neurostimulation, and multiple subpial transections continues to be very effective in select cases. Newer treatment and diagnostic methods include laser thermal ablation, minimally invasive surgeries, stereo electroencephalography, electrocorticography, and other emerging techniques. This article will review the established and emerging surgical therapies for severe pediatric epilepsies, their respective indications and overall efficacy. PMID:27544471

  4. Brain inflammation in a chronic epilepsy model : Evolving pattern of the translocator protein during epileptogenesis

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    Amhaoul, Halima; Hamaide, Julie; Bertoglio, Daniele; Reichel, Stephanie Nadine; Verhaeghe, Jeroen; Geerts, Elly; Dam, van Debby; De Deyn, Peter Paul; Kumar-Singh, Samir; Katsifis, Andrew; Van der Linden, Annemie; Staelens, Steven; Dedeurwaerdere, Stefanie

    2015-01-01

    Aims: A hallmark in the neuropathology of temporal lobe epilepsy is brain inflammation which has been suggested as both a biomarker and a new mechanistic target for treatments. The translocator protein (TSPO), due to its high upregulation under neuroinflammatory conditions and the availability of se

  5. Stress and childhood epilepsy

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    Campen, J.S. van

    2015-01-01

    Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood, characterized by the enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures. Children with epilepsy and their parents often report seizures precipitated by stress. In order to increase our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the effects of stress on seizures in childhood epilepsy, we performed a variety of studies, which are described in this thesis. In part I we evaluate the extent of stress sensitivi...

  6. Sociodemographic correlates of health-related quality of life in pediatric epilepsy.

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    Sherman, Elisabeth M S; Griffiths, Stephanie Y; Akdag, Sare; Connolly, Mary B; Slick, Daniel J; Wiebe, Samuel

    2008-01-01

    In most chronic conditions, better health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is associated with higher socioeconomic status (SES) and ethnic majority status, with disadvantaged groups typically reporting lower HRQOL. In 163 children with intractable epilepsy, we evaluated the relationship between HRQOL and a broad spectrum of demographic variables (SES, parental education, gender, age, marital status, family size, and ethnic and linguistic status), in relation to known neurological and behavioral correlates of HRQOL. No demographic variable was found to be related to child HRQOL, except for marital status, where children from divorced/separated parents had lower HRQOL. However, marital status was not uniquely predictive of HRQOL when neurological and behavioral variables were taken into account. Exploratory analyses indicated that children of separated/divorced parents were more likely to have early epilepsy onset, lower adaptive/developmental levels, and worse seizure frequency, suggesting that severe epilepsy may be a risk factor for marital stress. In sum, contrary to research in other chronic conditions, sociodemographic variables in pediatric epilepsy were weak predictors of HRQOL in comparison to neurological and behavioral variables. The results are discussed with respect to epilepsy-specific determinants of HRQOL. PMID:17974486

  7. Effects of Low-frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Seizures, Resting Motor Threshold, and Single Photo Emission Computered Tomography in Patients with Intractable Epilepsy%低频重复经颅磁刺激对难治性癫(癎)发作频率、静息运动阈值、SPECT的影响

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    王莉; 余巨明; 余琴

    2011-01-01

    目的:观察低频重复经颅磁刺激(rTMS)的抗癫(癎)疗效及可能机制.方法:对4例难治性癫(癎)患者灶所在脑区给予rTMS治疗(0.5 Hz,45%最大输出强度,每天15串、100次/串、串间隔30 s,连续10 d),观察治疗前后各3个月患者的临床发作及1 h时长的脑电图癫(癎)波数量,并行单光子发射断层摄影(SPECT)和静息运动阈值检查,以观察感兴趣区(ROI)放射线摄取比值的变化和皮质兴奋性改变.结果:4例患者经rTMS治疗后,3例无发作,1例发作1次.脑电图:1例癫(癎)波减少了20%;4例静息运动阈值均增高.SPECT:4例均显示rTMS后ROI值进一步降低.结论:低频rTMS对难治性癫(癎)有治疗作用,其抗癫(癎)作用可能与减少癫(癎)灶局部脑血流灌注和增加静息运动阈值有关.%Aim: To investigate the effect of low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) on intractable epilepsy, and explore its underlying mechanisms by using resting motor threshold (RMT) and single photo emission computered tomography(SPECT), respectively. Methods: 4 intractable epileptic patients with well demarcated epileptogenic zones were enrolled. All patients were given 10-day consecutive rTMS treatment (0.5 Hz, 45% stimulator maximum output, 15 trains/d, 100 pulses/train, interval of 30 s). The frequency of seizures for 3 months, and the number of interictal spikes on 1-h EEG were counted before and after rTMS, respectively. The SPECT and RMT were used to detect the changes of cerebral blood flow and cortical excitability, respectively. Results: Compared with pre-rTMS treatment, 3 patients were seizure free and 1 patient only had one seizure in the 3-month follow-up period after rTMS; the number of interictal spikes in one patient decreased by 20% (the other three patients had no spikes on EEGs before and after rTMS); the RMT was clearly elevated and the SPECT analysis showed the ROI values further decreased in all of the 4 patients. Conclusion

  8. Epilepsy and Mood Disorders

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    Sermin Kesebir

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Mood disorders are the most common psychiatric comorbid disorder that affects quality of life and prognosis in epilepsy. The relation between depression and epilepsy is bidirectional. Not only the risk of having a depression among epilepsy cases is more than the healthy control cases, but also the risk of having epilepsy among depressive cases is more than the healthy control cases. People diagnosed with epilepsy are five times more likely than their peers to commit suicide. Moreover it seems that some epilepsy types like temporal lobe epilepsy have a much higher risk (25 times for suicide. Risk of suicide in epilepsy, which is independent from depression, increases more with the presence of depression. The common pathway between epilepsy, depression and suicide is hypofrontality and irregularity of serotonin metabolism. Contrary to depression, data on relationship between bipolar disorder and epilepsy is limited. However, mood disorder, mixed episodes with irritable character and mania are more frequent than assumed. As a matter of fact, both disorders share some common features. Both are episodic and can become chronic. Kindling phenomenon, irregularities in neurotransmitters, irregularities in voltage gate ion channels and irregularities in secondary messenger systems are variables that are presented in the etiologies of both disorders. Anticonvulsant drugs with mood regulatory effects are the common points of treatment. Understanding their mechanisms of action will clarify the pathophysiological processes. In this article, the relationhip between epilepsy and mood disorders, comorbidity, secondary states and treatment options in both cases have been discussed.

  9. Standard magnetic resonance imaging is inadequate for patients with refractory focal epilepsy

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    von Oertzen, J; Urbach, H; Jungbluth, S; Kurthen, M.; Reuber, M; Fernandez, G.; Elger, C.

    2002-01-01

    Objectives: Patients with intractable epilepsy may benefit from epilepsy surgery especially if they have a radiologically demonstrable cerebral lesion. Dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols as performed at epilepsy surgery centres can detect epileptogenic abnormalities with great sensitivity and specificity. However, many patients with epilepsy are investigated with standard MRI sequences by radiologist outside epilepsy centres ("non-experts"). This study was undertaken to comp...

  10. 脑磁图对颅内电极脑电图电极埋置的指导价值%Effect of magnetoencephalography on intracranial electrode placement strategy in intractable partial epilepsy

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    丁虎; 乔慧; 白勤; 史增敏; 王冯彬; 舒宁; 孟凡刚

    2012-01-01

    Objective To study whether magnetoencephalography (MEG) could indicate intracranial electroencephalography(icEEG) by affecting electrode placement and localization of the seizure onset zone,and then improve the curative effect of the surgical patients of refractory partial epilepsy.Methods Of all consecutive epilepsy surgery candidates between 2009 -2010,83 cases who meet the refractory partial epilepsy diagnostic criteria were prospectively enrolled in this research.The 83 patients were randomly divided into two groups.In one group (MEG + icEEG group),including 43 patients,the MEG results were provided to affect the initial intracranial electrodes placement decision which was based on case -history,semilogy,EEG,MRI.By contrast,for the other group(icEEG group),including 40 patients,the MEG localization results were not provided.All patients underwent epileptogenic foci surgical resection.The follow-up was performed at least 12 months after the operation.The surgical outcome was evaluated by Engel curative effect grading.Engel Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ was defined as effectiv whereas Engel Ⅳ was recognized as invalid.Results According to the surgical outcome of icEEG group,23 patients (54%) obtained good postsurgical seizure outcome.While in MEG + icEEG group,the rate was 78% (31/40).There was statistically significant difference between the two groups(x2 =5.256,P =0.022).Conclusions MEG spike localization could affect icEEG by indicating the electrodes placement,increasing the chance that the seizure onset zone is sampled and improving diagnostic yield of icEEG when patients undergo icEEG for presurgical epilepsy evaluations,finally promote the effectiveness of the surgical resection.%目的 通过研究脑磁图(MEG)对侵入性颅内电极脑电图(icEEG)中电极埋置策略的影响,评价MEG在癫痫外科术前评估中的应用价值.方法 收集83例经临床发作症状学、电生理及影像学诊断为难治性部分性癫痫患者,根据MEG是否参与评估

  11. Structural magnetic resonance imaging in epilepsy

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    Deblaere, Karel [Ghent University Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Ghent (Belgium); Ghent University Hospital, MR Department - 1K12, Ghent (Belgium); Achten, Eric [Ghent University Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Ghent (Belgium)

    2008-01-15

    Because of its sensitivity and high tissue contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the technique of choice for structural imaging in epilepsy. In this review the effect of using optimised scanning protocols and the use of high field MR systems on detection sensitivity is discussed. Also, the clinical relevance of adequate imaging in patients with focal epilepsy is highlighted. The most frequently encountered MRI findings in epilepsy are reported and their imaging characteristics depicted. Imaging focus will be on the diagnosis of hippocampal sclerosis and malformations of cortical development, two major causes of medically intractable focal epilepsy. (orig.)

  12. Structural magnetic resonance imaging in epilepsy

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    Because of its sensitivity and high tissue contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the technique of choice for structural imaging in epilepsy. In this review the effect of using optimised scanning protocols and the use of high field MR systems on detection sensitivity is discussed. Also, the clinical relevance of adequate imaging in patients with focal epilepsy is highlighted. The most frequently encountered MRI findings in epilepsy are reported and their imaging characteristics depicted. Imaging focus will be on the diagnosis of hippocampal sclerosis and malformations of cortical development, two major causes of medically intractable focal epilepsy. (orig.)

  13. Long-Term Social Outcomes in Childhood Epilepsy

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Population-based longitudinal and cross-sectional studies of social outcomes of children with epilepsy in different countries are reviewed by researchers at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.Epilepsy, Chronic Disease, Idiopathic Epilepsy.

  14. Pharmacoresistant epilepsy and nanotechnology.

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    Rosillo-de la Torre, Argelia; Luna-Bárcenas, Gabriel; Orozco-Suárez, Sandra; Salgado-Ceballos, Hermelinda; García, Perla; Lazarowski, Alberto; Rocha, Luisa

    2014-06-01

    Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological disorders. Furthermore, it is associated to diminished health-related quality of life and is thus considered a major public health problem. In spite of the large number of available and ongoing development of several new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), a high percentage of patients with epilepsy (35-40%) are resistant to pharmacotherapy. A hypothesis to explain pharmacoresistance in epilepsy suggests that overexpression of multidrug resistance proteins, such as P-glycoprotein, on the endothelium of the blood brain barrier represents a challenge for effective AED delivery and concentration levels in the brain. Proven therapeutic strategies to control pharmacoresistant epilepsy include epilepsy surgery and neuromodulation. Unfortunately, not all patients are candidates for these therapies. Nanotechnology represents an attractive strategy to overcome the limited brain access of AEDs in patients with pharmacoresistant epilepsy. This manuscript presents a review of evidences supporting this idea.

  15. Personality characteristics and epilepsy

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    Sørensen, A S; Hansen, H; Andersen, R;

    1989-01-01

    Patients with a long history of temporal lobe epilepsy or primary generalized epilepsy entered a questionnaire study of personality characteristics, based on a modification of the Bear-Fedio inventory for temporal lobe behavioural syndrome. Psoriasis patients and healthy volunteers served as cont...... dysfunction in the epilepsy group, the mere presence of a chronic disorder with potential social stigmatization influences personality.......Patients with a long history of temporal lobe epilepsy or primary generalized epilepsy entered a questionnaire study of personality characteristics, based on a modification of the Bear-Fedio inventory for temporal lobe behavioural syndrome. Psoriasis patients and healthy volunteers served...... as controls. Four clinical meaningful dimensions of included personality traits were identified: ixoide, ideational, obsessive-compulsive and affective features. Analyses based on the Rasch model approved of all dimensions except for affective features. The epilepsy group obtained the highest scores on all 3...

  16. Epilepsy coexisting with depression.

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    Błaszczyk, Barbara; Czuczwar, Stanisław J

    2016-10-01

    Depression episodes in epilepsy is the most common commorbidity, affecting between 11% and 62% of patients with epilepsy. Although researchers have documented a strong association between epilepsy and psychiatric comorbidities, the nature of this relationship is poorly understood. The manifestation of depression in epilepsy is a complex issue having many interacting neurobiological and psychosocial determinants, including clinical features of epilepsy (seizure frequency, type, foci, or lateralization of foci) and neurochemical or iatrogenic mechanisms. Other risk factors are a family history of psychiatric illness, particularly depression, a lack of control over the seizures and iatrogenic causes (pharmacologic and surgical). In addition, treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) as well as social coping and adaptation skills have also been recognised as risk factors of depression associated with epilepsy. Epilepsy may foster the development of depression through being exposed to chronic stress. The uncertainty and unpredictability of seizures may instigate sadness, loneliness, despair, low self-esteem, and self-reproach in patients with epilepsy and lead to social isolation, stigmatization, or disability. Often, depression is viewed as a reaction to epilepsy's stigma and the associated poor quality of life. Moreover, patients with epilepsy display a 4-5 higher rate of depression and suicide compared with healthy population. PMID:27634589

  17. Occipital peripheral nerve stimulation in the management of chronic intractable occipital neuralgia in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1: a case report

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    Calvillo Octavio; Skaribas Ioannis; Delikanaki-Skaribas Evangelia

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    Abstract Introduction Occipital peripheral nerve stimulation is an interventional pain management therapy that provides beneficial results in the treatment of refractory chronic occipital neuralgia. Herein we present a first-of-its-kind case study of a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1 and bilateral occipital neuralgia treated with occipital peripheral nerve stimulation. Case presentation A 42-year-old Caucasian woman presented with bilateral occipital neuralgia refractory to various conv...

  18. Autoimmune Epilepsy

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    Quek, Amy M. L.; Britton, Jeffrey W.; McKeon, Andrew; So, Elson; Lennon, Vanda A.; Shin, Cheolsu; Klein, Christopher J.; Watson, Robert E.; Kotsenas, Amy L.; Lagerlund, Terrence D.; Cascino, Gregory D.; Worrell, Gregory A.; Wirrell, Elaine C.; Nickels, Katherine C.; Aksamit, Allen J.; Noe, Katherine H.; Pittock, Sean J.

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    thyroid cancer resection; another responded to antiepileptic drug change alone. Conclusion When clinical and serological clues suggest an autoimmune basis for medically intractable epilepsy, early-initiated immunotherapy may improve seizure outcome. PMID:22451162

  19. PET和脑磁图综合定位对难治性癫(癎)低剂量立体定向放射外科治疗远期效果的影响%Effect of combined localization by positron emission tomography and magnetoencephalography on long-term efficacy of low dose radiosurgery for intractable epilepsy

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    王克万; 漆松涛; 杨开军; 徐波涛; 王洪筱; 李玉芬

    2012-01-01

    目的 为探讨正电子发射断层扫描(PET)和脑磁图综合定位对难治性癫(癎)低剂量放射外科治疗远期效果的影响.方法 回顾性分析采用放射外科治疗的8例难治性癫(癎)病人的临床资料,治疗前均行MRI、视频脑电图(VEEG)、18F-脱氧葡萄糖正电子发射断层扫描(18F-FDG PET)显像、脑磁图检查.放射外科治疗以脑磁图定位区为中心靶点,体积大于脑磁图显示范围,但局限于PET低代谢区内.中心剂量为11~13.25 Gy.结果 随访8例,时间8~10年.Engel分级:Ⅰ级4例,Ⅱ级2例,Ⅲ级2例.2例行脑磁图复查未检出致(癎)灶,1例行PET复查见原低代谢区无明显变化.结论 PET和脑磁图综合定位可明显增加致(癎)灶定位准确性,从而提高放射外科疗效.%Objective To investigate the effect of localization of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to localize the epileptic foci on the long-term efficacy of low dose stereotactic radiosurgery for intractable epilepsy. Methods Clinical data of 8 patients with intractable epilepsy were analyzed retrospectively who underwent radiosurgery. All the patients were examined by MRI, video electroencephalogram (VEEG), 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET (18F-FDG PET) and MEG before surgery. The foci localized by MEG were set as central target of radiosurgery and the volume was larger than the regions by MEG but within the low metabolic areas detected by PET. The central dose of radiosurgery was 11 to 13.25 Gy. Results All the patients were followed up for 8 to 10 years. The results were class Ⅰ in 4 patients, class Ⅱ in 2 and class Ⅲ in 2 according to Engel classification. Two patients were reexamined by MEG and no epileptic foci were found. One patient was reexamined by PET and no obvious change of the original low metabolic areas was found. Conclusions PET combined with MEG can increase the accuracy of localization of epileptic foci and improve the outcome of radiosurgery.

  20. Dieta cetogênica no tratamento das epilepsias graves da infância: percepção das mães Ketogenic diet in the treatment of intractable epilepsy in children: mothers view

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    Alexsandra Tomé

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como propósito perceber os sentimentos e dificuldades de mães de crianças com epilepsia resistente ao tratamento medicamentoso em relação à adoção e ao seguimento da dieta cetogênica, bem como auxiliar a influência dessa dietoterapia na rotina familiar. A metodologia utilizada foi a da pesquisa qualitativa, tendo como técnica de coleta de dados a entrevista semi-estruturada, realizada com três mães atendidas pelo Centro de Neuropediatria do Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade Federal do Paraná. Em virtude das características da dieta cetogênica, os resultados mostram que o período inicial, o da sua adoção, é bastante difícil, tanto para a criança como para toda a sua família. Entretanto, com a diminuição das crises epilépticas e a adaptação ao tratamento, uma mudança de sentimentos é observada. O estudo revela também a importância da atuação de profissionais, não apenas com competência técnica mas também com sensibilidade e empatia, no apoio às famílias das crianças em tratamento.The purpose of this study was to identify the feelings and difficulties experienced by mothers of children with drug-resistant epilepsy concerning the adoption of the ketogenic diet and its follow-up, as well as to evaluate the influence of this dietotherapy on the family routine. The qualitative research methodology was used, and data were collected through semi-structured interview, carried out with three mothers who attended the Neuropediatrics Center of the Clinical Hospital of the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. Because of the characteristics of the ketogenic diet, the results show that the initial period, corresponding to the phase of adoption, is very difficult, for both the child and all the family. However, with the decrease in the epileptic crises and the adaptation to the treatment, a change in the feelings is observed. The study also reveals the importance of the performance of the

  1. Value of prophylactic epilepsy surgery in contemporary neurosurgical practice

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    We have examined the value of prophylactic epilepsy surgery in diseases leading to intractable epilepsy. We reviewed 11 glioneuronal tumors (GNT) including gangliogliomas and dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors, 11 cortical dysplasia (CD), and 33 cavernous angiomas (CA) diagnosed with MRI between the years 2000 and 2008 at the Department of Neurosurgery of Juntendo University in this study. We analyzed retrospectively the followings. Age of seizure onset and seizure severity. Region of each disease leading to intractable epilepsy. Seizure outcome after the surgery. Surgical morbidity. Ages of seizure onset of GNT, CD, and CA were 21.0±12.1, 1.3±7.5, 24.8±18.1 years, respectively. 81.8% of CD and GNT were intractable, however CA progresses to intractable epilepsy in 48.5%. The 66.7% of GNT with intractable seizures located in the mesial temporal lobe and 66.7% of CD had entra-temporal location. CA located in the mesial temporal lobe progressed to intractable epilepsy in 80%. Seizure free ratios of GNT, CD, and CA were 87.5%, 50.0%, 81.3%, respectively. In CDs where was impossible to carry out complete resection resulted in residual seizures. Neurological sequelae after surgery were observed in 3 cases. Morbidity ratios of motor weakness, speech difficulty, and memory disturbances are 4.6%, 4.6%, 2.3%, respectively. Majority of CD, GNT, and CA located in the mesial temporal lobe progress towards intractable epilepsy. Prophylactic epilepsy surgery by experienced surgeon with low complication rates can be an acceptable alternative for these pathological conditions. Seizure outcome of surgery for CD does not reach the success rates of those in GNT and CA. The cause of the unfavorable result in CD is the inapplicability to eloquent areas. Aggressive early surgery for CD may improve outcome considering neuronal plasticity of childhood. (author)

  2. STABILIZING DENDRITIC STUCTURE AS A NOVEL THERAPEUTIC APPROACH FOR EPILEPSY

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    Wong, Michael

    2008-01-01

    People with epilepsy often experience long-term cognitive dysfunction and other neurological deficits, including memory loss, learning disabilities, and neurobehavioral disorders, which may exhibit a progressive course correlating with worsening seizure control. Furthermore, one-third of epilepsy patients have seizures that are intractable to all available treatments. Thus, novel therapies for seizures and the neurological comorbidities of epilepsy are desperately needed. As most current trea...

  3. Epilepsy and homicide

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    Full Text Available Neil S Pandya,1 Mirna Vrbancic,2 Lady Diana Ladino,3,4 José F Téllez-Zenteno31Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; 2Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; 3Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; 4Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, University of Antioquia, Medellin, ColombiaPurpose: We report the rare case of a patient with intractable epilepsy and escalating aggression, resulting in murder, who had complete resolution of her seizures and explosive behavior following a right temporal lobectomy.Patients and methods: We searched the available literature from 1880 to 2013 for cases of epilepsy being used as a court defense for murder and collected information regarding the final sentencing outcomes. We selected 15 papers with a total of 50 homicides.Results: We describe the case of a 47-year-old woman with drug-resistant right temporal epilepsy who developed increasing emotional lability, outbursts of anger and escalating violent behavior culminating in a violent murder. The patient was imprisoned while awaiting trial. In the interim, she underwent a successful temporal lobectomy with full resolution of seizures, interictal rage and aggressive behaviors. After the surgery, her charges were downgraded and she was transferred to a psychiatric facility.Conclusion: The aggressive behavior associated with epilepsy has been described in the literature for over a century. A link between epilepsy and aggression has been disproportionally emphasized. These patients share some common characteristics: they are usually young men with a long history of epilepsy and lower than average intelligence. The violent act is postictal, sudden-onset, more likely to occur after a cluster of seizures and is usually related with alcohol abuse.Keywords: aggression, crime, epilepsy

  4. Application of interictal arterial spin labeling MR perfusion in intractable mesial temporal lobe epilepsy%动脉自旋标记在难治性颞叶内侧癫痫发作间期的应用

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    孙泓泓; 吕长磊; 白芝兰; 张晓娜; 师莉芳

    2012-01-01

    Objective To determine whether pulsed ASL(PASL) MR] using flow-sensitive alternating inversion recovery) FAIR) could be a useful clinical tool to detect intcrictal temporal hypopcrfusion in mesial temporal lobe cpilcpsy(TLEl) ,thcn on the base of changes of cerebral blood flow(CBF) to determine the seizure focus. Methods 15 normal controls and 15 patients were studied by using a FAIR pcrfusion mode to measure the CBF of mesial temporal lobe. According to the vidco-clcctrocnccphalography ( VEEG) findings, the origin sides of seizure were obtained in all patients. Results Pcrfusion in control participants was ( 167. 95 ± 15. 30) mL/( 100 g · min) on the right and (169.64 ± 13.24) mL/( 100 g · min) on the left. In patients, mesial temporal lobe pcrfusion was (158.42 ± 9.09) mL/(100 g- min) on the ipsilatcral (affected) side and (170. 11±7. 67) mL/(100 g · min) on the contralatcral (unaffected) side. The blood flow measurements were significantly different in ipsilatcral versus contralatcral sides in patients. In control participants, the mean absolute asymmetry index was 2. 49 ± 2. 09. For the patients, mean absolute asymmetry index was 7. 20 ± 4. 21. The difference was statistically significant P = 0. 001 ). The coefficient of agreement for detecting the asymmetry with FAIR and with vidco-EEG latcralization was 80%. Conclusion MR pcrfusion imaging based on the FAIR technique is capable of detecting intcrictal hypopcrfusion of mesial temporal lobe in patients with medically refractory temporal lobe epilepsy and provides complementary information to tests that assess structure.%目的 明确流动敏感交互反转恢复模式(FAIR)的脉冲式动脉自旋标记(PASL)能否检测出发作间期颞叶内侧的低灌注,根据脑血流灌注变化确定致痫灶位置.方法 15例经过视频脑电图(VEEG)确诊的颞叶癫痫(TLE)病人和15例正常对照者行FAIR测量感兴趣区脑血流量(CBF)并计算相关数值.结果 对照组左、

  5. Invasive Evaluations for Epilepsy Surgery: A Review of the Literature.

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    Enatsu, Rei; Mikuni, Nobuhiro

    2016-05-15

    Invasive evaluations play important roles in identifying epileptogenic zones and functional areas in patients with intractable focal epilepsy. This article reviews the usefulness, methods, and limitations of invasive evaluations for epilepsy surgery. Invasive evaluations include various types of intracranial electrodes such as stereotactically implanted intracranial depth electrodes (stereo-EEG), chronic subdural electrodes, and intraoperative electrocorticography. Scalp EEG is distorted by the skull, meninges, and skin. On the other hand, intracranial electrodes provide spatial information with higher resolution than scalp electrodes, thereby enabling further delineation of epileptogenic zones and mapping of functional areas with electrical stimulation. In addition, intracranial electrodes record a wide frequency range of electrical activity, which is not possible with scalp electrodes. The very slow potentials in ictal recordings, known as ictal direct current (DC) shifts and ictal/interictal high frequency oscillations, such as ripples (100-200 Hz) and fast ripples (200-500 Hz), have been correlated with the ictal onset zone and are a sensitive and specific marker for epileptogenicity. Furthermore, several studies reported that the electrical stimulation of epileptogenic zones elicited enhanced cortical evoked potentials, abnormal delayed or repetitive responses, and fast ripples. These responses may assist in the delineation of the epileptogenic cortex as a potential new marker. There are definite risks of complications associated with the use of intracranial electrodes. However, when an invasive evaluation is selected based on careful consideration of the risks and benefits, it provides useful information for establishing a strategy for epilepsy surgery. PMID:26948700

  6. Epilepsy - resources

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    Resources - epilepsy ... The following organizations are good resources for information on epilepsy : Epilepsy Foundation -- www.efa.org National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke -- www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/ ...

  7. Psychiatric Aspects of Childhood Epilepsy

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    Pattanayak, Raman Deep; Sagar, Rajesh

    2012-01-01

    How to Cite this Article: Pattanayak RD, Sagar R. Psychiatric Aspects of Childhood Epilepsy. Iran J Child Neurol 2012;6(2):9-18.Childhood epilepsy is a chronic, recurrent disorder of unprovoked seizures. Theonset of epilepsy in childhood has significant implications for brain growth anddevelopment. Seizures may impair the ongoing neurodevelopmental processes and compromise the child’s intellectual and cognitive functioning, leading totremendous cognitive, behavioral and psychosocial consequen...

  8. Danish experience with paediatric epilepsy surgery

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    Underbjerg, Ebba von Celsing; Hoei-Hansen, Christina E; Madsen, Flemming Find;

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Epilepsy surgery is increasingly used to treat children with medically intractable epilepsy. This study investigates the aetiology and seizure outcome in Danish children operated between 1996 and 2010. METHODS: Retrospectively collected data on structural magnetic resonance imaging...... (MRI) diagnoses, surgical procedures and seizure outcomes classified according to the Engel Classification were used. Changes over time grouped as 1996-2000, 2001-2005 and 2006-2010 were analysed. RESULTS: A total of 95 children underwent epilepsy surgery. Sixty-three operations were performed in...... majority of children who undergo epilepsy surgery have a good, worthwhile seizure outcome. The seizure outcome for Danish children corresponds to that of other epilepsy surgery centres. The clinical criteria for selection of patients changed over time. FUNDING: none. TRIAL REGISTRATION: The Danish Data...

  9. Danish experience with paediatric epilepsy surgery

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    Underbjerg, Ebba von Celsing; Hoei-Hansen, Christina E; Madsen, Flemming Find;

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Epilepsy surgery is increasingly used to treat children with medically intractable epilepsy. This study investigates the aetiology and seizure outcome in Danish children operated between 1996 and 2010. METHODS: Retrospectively collected data on structural magnetic resonance imaging...... (MRI) diagnoses, surgical procedures and seizure outcomes classified according to the Engel Classification were used. Changes over time grouped as 1996-2000, 2001-2005 and 2006-2010 were analysed. RESULTS: A total of 95 children underwent epilepsy surgery. Sixty-three operations were performed...... of children who undergo epilepsy surgery have a good, worthwhile seizure outcome. The seizure outcome for Danish children corresponds to that of other epilepsy surgery centres. The clinical criteria for selection of patients changed over time. FUNDING: none. TRIAL REGISTRATION: The Danish Data Protection...

  10. Neural Stem Cell or Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived GABA-ergic Progenitor Cell Grafting in an Animal Model of Chronic Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.

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    Upadhya, Dinesh; Hattiangady, Bharathi; Shetty, Geetha A; Zanirati, Gabriele; Kodali, Maheedhar; Shetty, Ashok K

    2016-01-01

    Grafting of neural stem cells (NSCs) or GABA-ergic progenitor cells (GPCs) into the hippocampus could offer an alternative therapy to hippocampal resection in patients with drug-resistant chronic epilepsy, which afflicts >30% of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) cases. Multipotent, self-renewing NSCs could be expanded from multiple regions of the developing and adult brain, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). On the other hand, GPCs could be generated from the medial and lateral ganglionic eminences of the embryonic brain and from hESCs and hiPSCs. To provide comprehensive methodologies involved in testing the efficacy of transplantation of NSCs and GPCs in a rat model of chronic TLE, NSCs derived from the rat medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) and MGE-like GPCs derived from hiPSCs are taken as examples in this unit. The topics comprise description of the required materials, reagents and equipment, methods for obtaining rat MGE-NSCs and hiPSC-derived MGE-like GPCs in culture, generation of chronically epileptic rats, intrahippocampal grafting procedure, post-grafting evaluation of the effects of grafts on spontaneous recurrent seizures and cognitive and mood impairments, analyses of the yield and the fate of graft-derived cells, and the effects of grafts on the host hippocampus. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. PMID:27532817

  11. Expression and function of Cx32 and Cx43 junctions in medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy in human%缝隙连接蛋白Cx32、Cx43在难治性颞叶癫痫患者脑中表达的研究

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    姚丽芬; 王真奎; 王真刚; 隋丹; 张黎明

    2009-01-01

    Objective To study the expression of Cx32 and Cx43 in medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy in human and investigate the pathogenic relationship between gap junctions and seizures. Methods The expression of Cx32 and Cx43 was detected by Western blot and immunohistochemistry in 14 consecutive samples of hippocampus from epileptic patients undergoing an amygdalohippocampectomy for the treatment of intractable seizures. During postmortem dissection, 8 samples of hippocampus in nonepileptic patients dying of other diseases were taken as control group. Results The expression of Cx32 and Cx43 was at a low level in the control group [Cx32 : count of positive cell (9.4± 1.1), ratios of gray scale (0.2±0.1) ; Cx43 : count of positive cell (9.2±4.7), ratios of gray scale (0.5±0.2)], but Cx43 and Cx32 appeared to be expressed at a higher level in epileptic patients compared with that of the control group by immunohistochemistry [Cx32 : count of positive cell (14.6±3.4), Cx43:count of positive cell (16.5±3.1) ] (P<0.01), and their expression significantly increased by Western blot [Cx32 : ratios of gray scale (1.5±0.2), Cx43 : ratios of gray scale (1.4±0.3)] (P<0.01). Over-expression of Cx32 and Cx43 was found in 14 consecutive samples of hippocampus from epileptic patients. Conclusion Gap junctions play an important role in the occurrence and progression of intractable seizures.%目的 探讨缝隙连接蛋白Cx32、Cx43在难治性颞叶癫痫患者病变海马组织中的表达及缝隙连接与难治性颞叶癫痫患者癫痫发作的关系.方法 实验组为14例难治颞叶癫痫(伴海马硬化)患者手术切除的病变海马组织,对照组为8例因其他非颅内疾病死亡进行尸体解剖者的正常海马组织,死者生前无癫痫发作,利用免疫组织化学与蛋白印迹检测方法检测两组间缝隙连接蛋白Cx32和Cx43的表达,并进行比较.结果 应用免疫组织化学方法发现连接蛋白在对照组中

  12. Impact of ketogenic diet on follicular helper T cells in children with intractable epilepsy%生酮饮食治疗对难治性癫(痫)患儿滤泡辅助性T淋巴细胞的影响

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    周厚福; 李成荣; 廖建湘; 王国兵; 林素芳; 陈黎

    2015-01-01

    胞数量及功能,抑制B淋巴细胞分化,这可能是少数患儿长期KD治疗导致低丙种球蛋白血症的原因之一.%Objective To explore the impact of ketogenic diet (KD) on follicular helper T cells(TFH) in children with intractable epilepsy.Methods Thirty-three cases with intractable epilepsy were selected between Jul.2013 and Jan.2014 in Shenzhen Children's Hospital,19 boys and 14 girls; average age was 39.6 months,and seventeen age-matched healthy children who took a physical examination in the same hospital were assigned as the healthy control group.Blood samples were collected from the children with refractory epilepsy before and after 1 week of KD treatment.The proportions of the various stages of B cells and TFH cells were detected by flow cytometry.The plasma concentration of interleukin-21 (IL-21) was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(ELISA),and realtime quantitative PCR(RT-PCR) was performed to detect the levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ),B-lymphocyte-induced maturation protein-1 (Blimp-1),B-cell lymphoma 6 (Bcl6) and IL-21 mRNA expression in CD4 + T cells.Results (1) The number of TFH cells in children with intractable epilepsy [(3.57 ± 0.58) %] was remarkably decreased after KD treatment(P < 0.01),while there were no difference between after KD treatment and healthy control group[(4.93 ±0.70)% vs (5.03 ±0.63)%,P >0.05].(2) The levels of transcription factor Bcl6 expression after treatment were significantly decreased,while inhibitory factor Blimp-1 expression increased (P < 0.05).(3)The plasma concentration of IL-21 had a trend to decrease (P > 0.05),while there were no difference before and after KD treatment,and levels of IL-21 mRNA expressions in CD4 +T cells were significantly decreased after the treatment (8.28 × 10-3 ± 1.19 × 10-3 vs 1.72 × 10-2 ± 0.81 × 10-2,t =3.08,P < 0.05).(4) There was no significant difference in CD27-IgD + B cells before and after KD

  13. Partial Internal Biliary Diversion: A Solution for Intractable Pruritus in Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis Type 1

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    Ganesh, Ramaswamy; Suresh, Natarajan; Sathiyasekeran, Malathi; Ramachandran, Priya

    2011-01-01

    Biliary diversion offers a potential option for intractable pruritus in children with chronic cholestatic disorders. Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) is an inherited disorder of impaired bile acid transport and excretion, which presents with jaundice and pruritus in the first few months of life and progresses to cirrhosis by infancy or adolescence. We report a child with PFIC type 1 who underwent internal biliary diversion for intractable pruritus and was relieved of his symptoms. PMID:21546727

  14. Epilepsy and bipolar disorder.

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    Knott, Sarah; Forty, Liz; Craddock, Nick; Thomas, Rhys H

    2015-11-01

    It is well recognized that mood disorders and epilepsy commonly co-occur. Despite this, our knowledge regarding the relationship between epilepsy and bipolar disorder is limited. Several shared features between the two disorders, such as their episodic nature and potential to run a chronic course, and the efficacy of some antiepileptic medications in the prophylaxis of both disorders, are often cited as evidence of possible shared underlying pathophysiology. The present paper aims to review the bidirectional associations between epilepsy and bipolar disorder, with a focus on epidemiological links, evidence for shared etiology, and the impact of these disorders on both the individual and wider society. Better recognition and understanding of these two complex disorders, along with an integrated clinical approach, are crucial for improved evaluation and management of comorbid epilepsy and mood disorders.

  15. Epilepsy and radiological investigations

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    Epilepsy is a heterogenous group of disorders with multiple causes. Clinical management of epilepsy patients requires knowledge of seizure syndromes, causes, and imaging features. The aim of radiological investigations is to recognize the underlying cause of epilepsy. The main indications for neuroimaging studies are partial and secondarily generalized seizures, patients with neurological signs and intractable seizures, and patients with focal signs on EEG. Partial seizures of any type are more likely to be associated with a focus that may be identified on neuroimaging. MRI is the method of choice for evaluating structural abnormalities of the brain. High resolution MRI and dedicated imaging technique are needed for detection of subtle pathological changes as cortical dysplasias and temporal medial sclerosis. Other lesions that may be detected include neoplasms, vascular malformations, destructive lesions following brain injury, stroke, infection, etc. CT continues to be the technique for the investigation of patients with seizures under certain conditions. New techniques such as functional MRI, MR spectroscopy, SPECT, receptor PET and magnetic source imaging are becoming clinical tools for improving diagnosis

  16. Nonpharmacological treatment of epilepsy

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    V S Saxena

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nonpharmacological treatment of epilepsy includes surgery, vagal nerve stimulation, ketogenic diet, and other alternative/complementary therapies, e.g., yoga, Ayurveda, electroencephalography (EEG biofeedback technique, aerobic exercise, music therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, acupuncture, and herbal remedies (traditional Chinese medicine. Alternative therapies, despite the term, should not be considered as an alternative to antiepileptic medication; they complement accepted drug treatment. Alternative therapies like yoga, through techniques that relax the body and mind, reduce stress, improve seizure control, and also improve quality of life. Ketogenic diet is a safe and effective treatment for intractable epilepsies; it has been recommended since 1921. The diet induces ketosis, which may control seizures. The most successful treatment of epilepsy is with modern antiepileptic drugs, which can achieve control of seizures in 70-80% cases. Patients opt for alternative therapies because they may be dissatisfied with antiepileptic drugs due to their unpleasant side effects, the long duration of treatment, failure to achieve control of seizures, cultural beliefs and, in the case of women, because they wish to get pregnant Surgical treatment may lead to physical and psychological sequelae and is an option only for a minority of patients. This article presents supportive evidence from randomized controlled trials done to assess the benefit of non-pharmacological treatment.

  17. Correlates of parental stress and psychopathology in pediatric epilepsy

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    Rania Shatla

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chronic conditions like epilepsy in a child can affect his/her entire family. The failure of the family members to adapt adequately to the unique demands of this childhood chronic illness can be considered as an important risk factor for development of psychopathology. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to study the profile of parenting stress in parents of children with epilepsy and its correlates; and, to examine the correlates of psychopathology in these children. Material and Methods: Twenty three epileptic children and their families were subjected to Parenting Stress Index (PSI, Scores for indices such as The Children′s Depression Inventory (CDI, Benton Visual Retention test, Spence anxiety scale for children, The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children were calculated. Results: Mean verbal and performance IQ score was 94, while the mean total IQ score was 95. Mean scores for all Wechsler IQ Scores as well as Benton Visual retention test were within the average range. Means for total internalizing CBCL t scores (M, Mean=70; Standard Deviation, SD=4.4, total externalizing CBCL t scores (M=60, SD=9.6, and total behavior problems CBCL t scores (M=67, SD=5.2 were above the standard cut off levels of 65 for clinical behavioral problems. Mean score on CDI was 42 ± 2. Scores of the PSI equal to or higher than 85 th percentile were considered pathologically high. Conclusion: The results of our study indicated that pediatric patients with epilepsy, specifically with intractable cases, are correlated with high levels of parental stress.

  18. Role of HHV-6B Infection in Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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    John J Millichap

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Investigators from Fujita Health University, Toyoake, and National Epilepsy Center, Shizuoka, Japan, studied the pathogenic role of HHV-6B in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE. Of 75 intractable MTLE patients, 52 had mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS and 23 were non-MTS patients.

  19. Application of subtraction ictal SPECT co-registered to MRI in locating the epileptogenic focus of intractable epilepsy%应用发作期单光子发射计算机断层显像减影和MRI图像配准在难治性癫痫中定位癫痫源

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    金超岭; 郑玉民; 焦劲松; 刘晓建; 李小璇; 田宏; 颜珏; 任连坤; 吴冬燕

    2016-01-01

    was considered as statistical significance.Results Definitely,significant hyperperfusion changes were observed on both patients.Although the lesions of 1 patient were diffuse,significant hyperperfusion appeared on limited areas surrounding the lesions;meanwhile,typical pattern of medial temporal lobe was observed in the other patient.The epileptogenic zones were located in the brains of both patients,without attack after surgical treatment.Conclusion SISCOM is of great help in localizing epileptogenic zone in presurgical evaluation in intractable epilepsy,especially in complex patients.

  20. Spectrum of neurosurgeon's role in epilepsy surgery.

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    Son, Eun-Ik; Kim, Ji-Eun

    2016-06-01

    It is well known that there is high quality evidence of epilepsy surgery as an effective and safe option for patients with drug refractory epilepsy by advanced imaging technology and computerized electrophysiological facilities during recent three decades. However, it still remains debate regarding necessities of epilepsy surgery in terms of less satisfactory surgical outcome, especially in non-lesional neocortical epilepsies. This review is for the role of epileptic neurosurgeon rather than the role of epilepsy surgery, namely, the necessity of neurosurgeon's positive participation starting from the first visit of epilepsy patients followed by pertaining process by stages and its degree of contribution. All experienced epilepsy centers also need innovative or challenging trial absolutely through this kind of standpoint, because all of the present protocols and techniques are coming from the past. In any event, the interdepartmental and interpersonal cooperation is inevitable especially for improving patient's quality of life. Serious neurosurgical considerations are needed for patients with intractable epilepsies, especially in referred cases from other center for the purpose of double check, and incongruent cases with contrary opinions by epileptologist. PMID:27621118

  1. [11C]quinidine and [11C]laniquidar PET imaging in a chronic rodent epilepsy model: Impact of epilepsy and drug-responsiveness

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    Introduction: To analyse the impact of both epilepsy and pharmacological modulation of P-glycoprotein on brain uptake and kinetics of positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers [11C]quinidine and [11C]laniquidar. Methods: Metabolism and brain kinetics of both [11C]quinidine and [11C]laniquidar were assessed in naive rats, electrode-implanted control rats, and rats with spontaneous recurrent seizures. The latter group was further classified according to their response to the antiepileptic drug phenobarbital into “responders” and “non-responders”. Additional experiments were performed following pre-treatment with the P-glycoprotein modulator tariquidar. Results: [11C]quinidine was metabolized rapidly, whereas [11C]laniquidar was more stable. Brain concentrations of both radiotracers remained at relatively low levels at baseline conditions. Tariquidar pre-treatment resulted in significant increases of [11C]quinidine and [11C]laniquidar brain concentrations. In the epileptic subgroup “non-responders”, brain uptake of [11C]quinidine in selected brain regions reached higher levels than in electrode-implanted control rats. However, the relative response to tariquidar did not differ between groups with full blockade of P-glycoprotein by 15 mg/kg of tariquidar. For [11C]laniquidar differences between epileptic and control animals were only evident at baseline conditions but not after tariquidar pretreatment. Conclusions: We confirmed that both [11C]quinidine and [11C]laniquidar are P-glycoprotein substrates. At full P-gp blockade, tariquidar pre-treatment only demonstrated slight differences for [11C]quinidine between drug-resistant and drug-sensitive animals

  2. The application of functional brain imaging in diagnosis of epilepsy localization

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    Surgical intervention has become an effective treatment method in properly selected patients with intractable epilepsy, but accurate resection of epileptogenic areas is the key for successful seizure control. Recently, functional brain imaging plays more and more important role in epilepsy localization. The application of SPECT, PET and fMRI has both advantages and disavantages in diagnosis of epilepsy localization. Therefore, different individuals should be taken different examinations to clinicians. (authors)

  3. Idiopathic generalised epilepsies with 3 Hz and faster spike wave discharges: a population-based study with evaluation and long-term follow-up in 71 patients.

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    Siren, Auli; Eriksson, Kai; Jalava, Heli; Kilpinen-Loisa, Päivi; Koivikko, Matti

    2002-09-01

    For several years we have been following patients with intractable, childhood-onset idiopathic generalised epilepsies with > or = 3 Hz spike-wave discharges. Our need to find explanations for their intractability was the starting point for this study. We were interested in identifying characteristics, which would predict intractability; evaluating how these patients were treated and whether polytherapy was useful. We identified patients with > or = 3 Hz spike-wave discharges by reviewing EEG reports recorded between 1983 and 1992. Data were collected from medical records and through personal interviews. We identified 82 patients with tentative idiopathic generalised epilepsy. Eleven were excluded. Thirty-eight patients had childhood absence epilepsy, 18 had juvenile absence epilepsy, 13 had juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and two had eyelid myoclonia with absences: 89.5, 78, 38 and 0% of the patients in each group, respectively, had been seizure free for more than 2 years. Twenty percent of the patients had intractable seizures. All intractable patients with juvenile absence epilepsy had rhythmic, random eyelid blinking and generalised tonic-clonic seizures. A history of more than ten generalised tonic-clonic seizures was associated with intractability in juvenile myoclonic patients. Monotherapy with ethosuximide or valproate resulted in seizure control in 65% of patients. Seventeen patients (24%) were treated with polytherapy, six achieved remission. These six patients had childhood absence epilepsy and juvenile absence epilepsy. Positive outcome was found in childhood absence epilepsy and juvenile absence epilepsy. Intractable seizures were more frequent among patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. None of them benefited from polytherapy with conventional anti-epileptic drugs.

  4. Pluronic P85-coated poly(butylcyanoacrylate) nanoparticles overcome phenytoin resistance in P-glycoprotein overexpressing rats with lithium-pilocarpine-induced chronic temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Fang, Ziyan; Chen, Shuda; Qin, Jiaming; Chen, Bao; Ni, Guanzhong; Chen, Ziyi; Zhou, Jueqian; Li, Ze; Ning, Yuping; Wu, Chuanbin; Zhou, Liemin

    2016-08-01

    P-glycoprotein (Pgp) overexpression in the blood brain barrier (BBB) is hypothesized to lower brain drug concentrations and thus inhibit anticonvulsant effects in drug-resistant epilepsy. Recently, the poly(butylcyanoacrylate) (PBCA) nanoparticle system was shown to overcome the obstacle of the BBB to deliver drugs into the brain. To determine whether pluronic P85-coated phenytoin poly(butylcyanoacrylate) nanoparticles (P85-PHT-PBCA-NPs) target PHT to the brain, PHT-resistant rats overexpressing Pgp in the BBB were screened by response to PHT treatment after chronic temporal lobe epilepsy induced by lithium-pilocarpine, followed by direct verification of PHT transport via measurement of brain PHT concentrations using microdialysis. Thereafter, the PHT-resistant rats were divided into three groups, which were treated with PHT, PHT + tariquidar (TQD), or P85-PHT-PBCA-NPs. PHT + TQD and P85-PHT-PBCA-NPs showed anticonvulsant activity in the PHT-resistant rats and increased the ratio of the area under the curve of the PHT concentrations in the brain/plasma in comparison with that observed in animals subjected to PHT treatment. However, the ratios of the PHT concentrations in the liver/plasma and kidney/plasma following P85-PHT-PBCA-NPs treatment were much lower than those measured following PHT + TQD treatment. Thus, Pgp overexpression decreases therapeutic drug concentrations in the brains of subjects with drug-resistant epilepsy and P85-PHT-PBCA-NPs could increase these drug concentrations. PMID:27162079

  5. [Definition and classification of epilepsy].

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    Jibiki, Itsuki

    2014-05-01

    The concept or definition of epilepsy was mentioned as a chronic disease of the brain consisting of repetitions of EEG paroxysm and clinical seizures caused by excessive discharges of the cerebral neurons, in reference with Gastaut's opinion and the other statements. Further, we referred to diseases to be excluded from epilepsy such as isolated, occasional and subclinical seizures and so on. Next, new classifications of seizures and epilepsies were explained on the basis of revised terminology and concepts for organization of seizures and epilepsies in Report of the ILAE Communication in Classification and Terminology, 2005-09, in comparison with the Classification of Epileptic Seizures in 1981 and the Classification of Epilepsies and Epileptic Syndromes in 1989.

  6. Epilepsy today

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    Berendt, Mette; Hüelsmeyer, Velia-Isabel; Bhatti, Sofie F. M.;

    2016-01-01

    In 2015, the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force (IVETF) published seven consensus statements that outline a number of recommendations and classifications on all aspects of epilepsy in dogs and cats. The open access publication is written in English. This article presents a summary...... of the consensus statements “IVETF consensus report on epilepsy definition, classification and terminology in companion animals” and “IVETF’s current understanding of idiopathic epilepsy of genetic or suspected genetic origin in purebred dogs” in German language to inform German veterinarians and professional...... are introduced. The second part of the article contains a short summary of the current knowledge regarding the genetic or suspected genetic origin of idiopathic epilepsy in purebred dogs. Die International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force (IVETF) hat 2015 sieben Veröffentlichungen mit einem Konsensus mit...

  7. EATING EPILEPSY

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    I. G. Rudakova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Eating epilepsy (EE is one of the types of reflex epilepsy. The authors give the definition, classification position, possible pathogenic mechanisms and etiological factors associated with EE, as well as the semiology of seizures, the data of neuroimaging and electroencephalography and approaches to patient management and drug treatment. They also describe their observation of an 11-month-old girl with symptomatic focal temporal lobe epilepsy with focal dialeptic seizures provoked by eating.

  8. The curative effect analysis of intractable chronic pelvic pain syndrome by ureteroscopy dredging the seminal duct and lavaging seminal vesicle%小儿输尿管镜下精道疏通加精囊灌洗对难治性Ⅲ型前列腺炎的治疗分析

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    高本敏; 黎勇林; 唐正严; 王桂林; 曾铭强; 薛睿智

    2015-01-01

    目的 评价小儿输尿管镜下行精道疏通加精囊灌洗对难治性Ⅲ型前列腺炎的治疗效果.方法 收集45例难治性Ⅲ型前列腺炎患者,随机分为两组,手术组行小儿输尿管镜下精道疏通加精囊灌洗手术,对照组服用前列腺相关药物治疗4周以上,治疗后随访1年并评价其临床疗效.结果 难治性Ⅲ型前列腺炎患者45例,手术组20例,其中伴有血精2例,精囊结石1例,术后20例患者临床症状均有改善,其中显著改善者13例(65%).对照组药物治疗后25例患者临床症状中18例(72%)有改善,显著改善者6例(24%),随访1年,18例改善者中有7例(39%)临床症状反复.结论 手术治疗与药物治疗对难治性前列腺炎临床症状都有一定效果,但是小儿输尿管镜下精道疏通加精囊灌洗对难治性Ⅲ型前列腺炎疗效将更加显著.%Objectives To evaluate the efficacy of intractable chronic pelvic pain syndrome by ureteroscopy dredging the seminal duct and lavaging seminal vesicle.Methods 45 cases of intractable chronic pelvic pain syndrome were collected,which were divided into two groups randomly,Operation group executed operation by ureteroscopy dredging the seminal duct and lavaging seminal vesicle,Control group continued to receive the medication more than 4 weeks.Followed up 1 year and evaluated the curative effect.Results 45 cases of intractable chronic pelvic pain syndrome,In Operation group 20 cases clinlcal symptom was improved and significant improvement was found in 13 cases (65 %) of them.In Control group,18 cases (72%) clinlcal symptom were improved and significant improvement was found in 6 cases(24%).Followed up 1 year,7 cases (39%) recurrent attacks.Conclusions Both operation and medication are effective to intractable chronic pelvic pain syndrome.But the operation by ureteroscopy dredging the seminal duct and lavaging seminal vesicle is more effective.

  9. Neuraxial (epidural and intrathecal) opioids for intractable pain.

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    Farquhar-Smith, Paul; Chapman, Suzanne

    2012-02-01

    1. Neuraxial opioids are considered for use in patients who have resistant intractable pain that fails to respond to other treatment options or pain that responds to analgesia but for which the doses required result in unacceptable side-effects. 2. Neuraxial opiods can be considered for both chronic non-malignant pain and chronic cancer-related pain. 3. Effectiveness in chronic non-malignant pain and cancer pain is exerted through the use of either single-agent drugs (opioids) or a combination of drugs: opioids, local anaesthetics and other drugs such as clonodine and ziconotide. 4. Complications of long-term continuous infusion therapy are related to the insertion process (haematoma), the mechanical device (both pump and catheter) and the long-term effects of the drugs. 5. Patients will require ongoing ambulatory monitoring and supportive care. PMID:26516463

  10. Psychotic illness in patients with epilepsy

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    Kanemoto, Kousuke; Tadokoro, Yukari; Oshima, Tomohiro

    2012-01-01

    Apart from the rather rare ictal psychotic events, such as non-convulsive status epilepticus, modern epileptic psychoses have been categorized into three main types; chronic and acute interictal psychoses (IIPs) and postictal psychosis (PIP). Together, they comprise 95% of psychoses in patients with epilepsy (PWE). Four major questions, that is, “Is psychosis in PWE a direct consequence of epilepsy or schizophrenia induced by epilepsy?”, “Is psychosis in PWE homogeneous or heterogeneous?”, “D...

  11. Musicogenic epilepsy.

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    Stern, John

    2015-01-01

    Musicogenic epilepsy, which is a form of reflex epilepsy, is characterized by the triggering of epileptic seizures by specific music experiences. Individuals with musicogenic epilepsy differ in the music trigger, but may have similar seizures. Typically, these seizures are focal dyscognitive and have a temporal-lobe origin with a limbic system distribution. As such, the music trigger is likely related to either an emotional or memory aspect of music perception. Investigations into musicogenic epilepsy may lead to a better understanding of seizure propagation within the brain and of neurologic aspects of the music experience. Successful treatment of medication-resistant musicogenic epilepsy has been achieved with anterior temporal-lobe resection. PMID:25726285

  12. Presurgical evaluation for partial epilepsy: Relative contributions of chronic depth-electrode recordings versus FDG-PET and scalp-sphenoidal ictal EEG

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    One hundred fifty-three patients with medically refractory partial epilepsy underwent chronic stereotactic depth-electrode EEG (SEEG) evaluations after being studied by positron emission tomography (PET) with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and scalp-sphenoidal EEG telemetry. We carried out retrospective standardized reviews of local cerebral metabolism and scalp-sphenoidal ictal onsets to determine when SEEG recordings revealed additional useful information. FDG-PET localization was misleading in only 3 patients with temporal lobe SEEG ictal onsets for whom extratemporal or contralateral hypometabolism could be attributed to obvious nonepileptic structural defects. Two patients with predominantly temporal hypometabolism may have had frontal epileptogenic regions, but ultimate localization remains uncertain. Scalp-sphenoidal ictal onsets were misleading in 5 patients. For 37 patients with congruent focal scalp-sphenoidal ictal onsets and temporal hypometabolic zones, SEEG recordings never demonstrated extratemporal or contralateral epileptogenic regions; however, 3 of these patients had nondiagnostic SEEG evaluations. The results of subsequent subdural grid recordings indicated that at least 1 of these patients may have been denied beneficial surgery as a result of an equivocal SEEG evaluation. Weighing risks and benefits, it is concluded that anterior temporal lobectomy is justified without chronic intracranial recording when specific criteria for focal scalp-sphenoidal ictal EEG onsets are met, localized hypometabolism predominantly involves the same temporal lobe, and no other conflicting information has been obtained from additional tests of focal functional deficit, structural imaging, or seizure semiology

  13. Elaboration about Epilepsy from Functional Activity of Qi%从气机升降出入论癫痫

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    江涛; 刘金民

    2016-01-01

    Epilepsy is a kind of chronic brain disease with paroxysmal abnormal nerve function. This paper elaborates epilepsy from the function activity of Qi, holding that most patients have the congenital factors or pathological constitution of viscera functions' unbalance, the ascending and descending of Qi is the key to the epilepsy's occurrence. In clinic, we should pay attention to treat liver and spleen simultaneously and the mutual causality between ascending and descending. Treating epilepsy from depression, wind, phlegm has obtained good therapeutic effect. The paper is supplemented by the theory of mysterious disease and collateral disease. Treatment of the epileptic state and intractable epilepsy is ultra structure's extension in human body of the the theory of ascending, descending, exiting and entering of Qi , and its related study should be further developed.%癫痫是一种发作性神经功能异常的慢性脑部疾病。本文从气机升降出入角度论癫痫,认为癫痫患者大多数具有“脏气不平”的先天因素或病理体质,其气机升降出入异常(气郁)是导致癫痫发病的关键。临床应重视肝脾同调、升降相宜,从郁、风、痰论治每获良效。本文还以“玄病”、“络病”理论为补充,论治癫痫持续状态及难治性癫痫,其实质是气机升降出入理论在人体超微结构的延伸与拓展,但相关研究仍需进一步完善发展。

  14. Epilepsy care in general practice.

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    Varley, J

    2009-06-01

    Epilepsy care in Ireland is shared between primary, secondary and tertiary care services with the General Practitioner (GP) managing the process. Barriers to effective epilepsy care in Irish general practice remain undocumented although sub-optimal and fragmented services are frequently anecdotally reported. This survey of Irish GPs reports on such barriers to epilepsy care and on the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) issues potentially relevant to the use of an epilepsy specific Electronic Patient Record (EPR). The response rate was 247\\/700 (35.3%). Respondents supported the concept of shared care for epilepsy 237 (96%) however they were very dissatisfied with existing neurology services, including pathways of referral 207 (84%) and access to specialist neurology advice and investigations 232 (94%). They reported that neurology services and investigations may be accessed more expeditiously by patients with private health insurance than those without 178 (72%). Consequently many patients are referred to the emergency department for assessment and treatment 180 (73%). A deficit in epilepsy care expertise among GPs was acknowledged 86 (35%). While computerisation of GP practices appears widespread 230 (93%), just over half the respondents utilise available electronic functionalities specific to chronic disease management. GP specific electronic systems infrequently link or communicate with external electronic sources 133 (54%). While the current pathways of care for epilepsy in Ireland appear fragmented and inadequate, further investigations to determine the quality and cost effectiveness of the current service are required.

  15. Sequencing intractable DNA to close microbial genomes.

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    Richard A Hurt

    Full Text Available Advancement in high throughput DNA sequencing technologies has supported a rapid proliferation of microbial genome sequencing projects, providing the genetic blueprint for in-depth studies. Oftentimes, difficult to sequence regions in microbial genomes are ruled "intractable" resulting in a growing number of genomes with sequence gaps deposited in databases. A procedure was developed to sequence such problematic regions in the "non-contiguous finished" Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ND132 genome (6 intractable gaps and the Desulfovibrio africanus genome (1 intractable gap. The polynucleotides surrounding each gap formed GC rich secondary structures making the regions refractory to amplification and sequencing. Strand-displacing DNA polymerases used in concert with a novel ramped PCR extension cycle supported amplification and closure of all gap regions in both genomes. The developed procedures support accurate gene annotation, and provide a step-wise method that reduces the effort required for genome finishing.

  16. Magnetic resonance imaging in temporal lobe epilepsy. Usefulness for the etiological diagnosis of temporal lobe epilepsy

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    With improvement in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques, the ability to identify lesions responsible for temporal lobe epilepsy has increased. MR imaging has also enabled the in vivo diagnosis of hippocampal sclerosis. Brain tumors are responsible for 2-4% of epilepsies in adult population and 10-20% of medically intractable epilepsy. The sensitivity of MR imaging in the diagnosis of tumors and other lesions of the temporal lobe (vascular malformations, etc.) is around 90%. Both hippocampal sclerosis and other temporal lobe lesions are amenable to surgical therapy with excellent postsurgical seizure outcome. In this article, we characterize and underline distinguishing features of the different pathological entities. We also suggest an approach to reviewing the MR images of an epileptic patient. (author)

  17. Inhibition impairments in temporal lobe epilepsy patients: electroencephalography evidence from a Go/Nogo study

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    Yu, HM; Gao, JL; Chang, RSK; Mak, W; Cheung, RTF

    2016-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is a common type of epilepsy that easily run an intractable course. It can harm cognitive inhibition function, an essential executive function that enables us to suppress inappropriate actions in a given context at different levels. The aim of this study was to investigate whether TLE also affects related Go/Nogo-potentials related to the inhibition using high-resolution electroencephalography (EEG) technology ...

  18. Detecting Differential Memory Performance Among Spanish-speaking Patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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    Marquez de la Plata, C.; Lacritz, L.H.; Mitschke, R.; Van Ness, P.; Agostini, M.; Diaz-Arrastia, R.; Cullum, C.M.

    2009-01-01

    There is relatively little research pertaining to neuropsychological assessment of Spanish-speaking individuals with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). The current study examined verbal and visual memory performances in 38 primarily Spanish-speaking patients with TLE (Right = 15, Left = 23) of similar epilepsy duration to determine if lateralizing differences can be found using verbal and nonverbal memory tests. On a test specifically designed to assess auditory learning and memory amo...

  19. Failure of antiepileptic drugs in controlling seizures in epilepsy: What do we do next?

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    Brahyan Galindo-Mendez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Medically intractable epilepsy is a clinical condition of concern that arises when a patient with epilepsy suffers seizures, despite a trial of two or more antiepileptic drugs (AEDs suitable for the type of epilepsy that are prescribed at maximum tolerated doses, does not achieve control of seizures. This diagnosis could be related to cortical dysplasias. We report the case of a 5-year-old girl with a previous normal neurological development and no family history of epilepsy who presented with focal-type seizures at age 4. She started treatment by taking different AEDs for seizure control. She continued having frequent seizures that sometimes progressed to generalized seizures and status epilepticus. After a focal cortical resection performed in the area where interictal spikes were detected, the pathology confirmed a type IIb cortical dysplasia as the cause of the epilepsy. This article discusses cortical dysplasias as a cause of pharmacoresistant epilepsy and its treatment.

  20. WMS-III performance in epilepsy patients following temporal lobectomy.

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    Doss, Robert C; Chelune, Gordon J; Naugle, Richard I

    2004-03-01

    We examined performances on the Wechsler Memory Scale-3rd Edition (WMS-III) among patients who underwent temporal lobectomy for the control of medically intractable epilepsy. There were 51 right (RTL) and 56 left (LTL) temporal lobectomy patients. All patients were left hemisphere speech-dominant. The LTL and RTL patients were comparable in terms of general demographic, epilepsy, and intellectual/attention factors. Multivariate analyses revealed a significant crossover interaction (p WMS-III is sensitive to modality-specific memory performance associated with unilateral temporal lobectomy.

  1. Towards the development of integrated epilepsy services: an audit of documented epilepsy care.

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    Varley, J

    2011-11-17

    Effective chronic disease management (CDM) requires the ready availability and communication of accurate, clinical disease specific information. Using epilepsy as a probe into CDM, we report on the availability and reliability of clinical information in the primary care records of people with epilepsy (PWE). The medical records of 374 PWE from 53 general practices in the Mid-West region of Ireland were examined. Confirmation of an epilepsy diagnosis by a neurologist was documented for 132 (35%) patients. 282 (75%) patients had no documented evidence of receiving specialist neurology review while 149 (40%) had not been reviewed by their GP in the previous two years for their epilepsy. Significant variation in documentation of epilepsy specific information together with an inadequacy and inconsistency of existing epilepsy services was highlighted.

  2. Towards the development of integrated epilepsy services: an audit of documented epilepsy care.

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    Varley, J

    2012-02-01

    Effective chronic disease management (CDM) requires the ready availability and communication of accurate, clinical disease specific information. Using epilepsy as a probe into CDM, we report on the availability and reliability of clinical information in the primary care records of people with epilepsy (PWE). The medical records of 374 PWE from 53 general practices in the Mid-West region of Ireland were examined. Confirmation of an epilepsy diagnosis by a neurologist was documented for 132 (35%) patients. 282 (75%) patients had no documented evidence of receiving specialist neurology review while 149 (40%) had not been reviewed by their GP in the previous two years for their epilepsy. Significant variation in documentation of epilepsy specific information together with an inadequacy and inconsistency of existing epilepsy services was highlighted.

  3. Epilepsy Foundation

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    ... member, healthcare provider, mentor, or friend. Help us reach our goal of 500 hero posts by December 16, 2016, ... enough-sleep People who live with epilepsy should work with their care team help them get enough sleep because there is ...

  4. Bayesian model comparison with intractable likelihoods

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    Everitt, Richard G; Rowing, Ellen; Evdemon-Hogan, Melina

    2015-01-01

    Markov random field models are used widely in computer science, statistical physics and spatial statistics and network analysis. However, Bayesian analysis of these models using standard Monte Carlo methods is not possible due to their intractable likelihood functions. Several methods have been developed that permit exact, or close to exact, simulation from the posterior distribution. However, estimating the evidence and Bayes' factors (BFs) for these models remains challenging in general. This paper describes new random weight importance sampling and sequential Monte Carlo methods for estimating BFs that use simulation to circumvent the evaluation of the intractable likelihood, and compares them to existing methods. In some cases we observe an advantage in the use of biased weight estimates; an initial investigation into the theoretical and empirical properties of this class of methods is presented.

  5. Clinical spectrum of mutations in SCN1A gene: severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy and related epilepsies.

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    Fujiwara, Tateki

    2006-08-01

    Severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy (SMEI) manifests very frequent generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTC), accompanied by myoclonic seizures, absences and partial seizures [Dravet, C., 1978. Les épilepsie grave de l'enfant. Vie Méd. 8, 543-548; Dravet, C., Roger, J., Bureau, M., Dalla Bernardina, B., 1982. Myoclonic epilepsies in childhood. In: Akimoto, H., Kazamatsuri, H., Seino, M., Ward, A. (Eds.), Advances in Epileptology. Raven Press, New York, pp. 135-140; Dravet, C., Bureau, M., Oguni, H., Fukuyama, Y., Cokar, O., 2002. Severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (Dravet syndrome). In: Roger, J., Bureau, M., Dravet, C., Genton, P., Tassinari, C.A., Wolf, P. (Eds.), Epileptic Syndromes in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence, third ed. John Libbey, London, pp. 81-103]. However, there is a group of severe epilepsy that has many characteristics common to SMEI except for myoclonic seizures. We reported this group of epilepsy as intractable childhood epilepsy with GTC (ICEGTC) [Watanabe, M., Fujiwara, T., Yagi, K., Seino, M., Higashi, T., 1989b. Intractable childhood epilepsy with generalized tonic-clonic seizures. J. Jpn. Epil. Soc. 7, 96-105 (in Japanese); Fujiwara, T., Watanabe, M., Takahashi, Y., Higashi, T., Yagi, K., Seino, M., 1992. Long-term course of childhood epilepsy with intractable grand mal seizures. Jpn. J. Psychiatr. Neurol. 46, 297-302]. Recently, mutations of the neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel alphasubunit type 1 gene (SCN1A) have been found in SMEI [Claes, L., Del-Favero, J., Ceulemans, B., Lagae, L., Van Broeckhoven, C., De Jonghe, P., 2001, De novo mutations in the sodium-channel gene SCN1A cause severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 68, 327-1332]. Mutations in SCN1A are found in both SMEI and ICEGTC at high rates of 70-81%. The loci of the mutations seen in ICEGTC are quite similar to those found in SMEI, suggesting a genotypic continuity between these entities. The clinical spectrum of epilepsies harboring SCN1A

  6. Estimation of brain network ictogenicity predicts outcome from epilepsy surgery

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    Goodfellow, M.; Rummel, C.; Abela, E.; M. P. Richardson; Schindler, K.; Terry, J.R.

    2016-01-01

    Surgery is a valuable option for pharmacologically intractable epilepsy. However, significant post-operative improvements are not always attained. This is due in part to our incomplete understanding of the seizure generating (ictogenic) capabilities of brain networks. Here we introduce an in silico, model-based framework to study the effects of surgery within ictogenic brain networks. We find that factors conventionally determining the region of tissue to resect, such as the location of focal...

  7. Epilepsy and anxiety

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    Marly de Albuquerque

    1993-09-01

    Full Text Available We have analyzed 155 subjects with STAI (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory: 75 epileptic patients and 80 normal subjects used as a control group. A higher trait-anxiety score (chronic anxiety than that of controls was found for the epileptic group. For the epileptic group higher levels of the A-trait occurred in patients with EEG abnormalities with left temporal localization. We have also observed that the shorter the epilepsy lasts (less than two years, the higher the trait-anxiety levels. Convulsions and awareness loss during epileptic seizures do not modify state and trait-anxiety scores.

  8. American Epilepsy Society

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    ... View the poster schedule and more information here . Epilepsy Currents Generic Substitution of AEDs: Is it Time ... the Course of Epilepsy After Brain Injury More Epilepsy Professional News AES Releases New Guildeline for Treatment ...

  9. Clinical applications of functional MRI in epilepsy

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    The role of functional MRI (fMRI) in the presurgical evaluation of patients with intractable epilepsy is being increasingly recognized. Real-time fMRI is an easily performable diagnostic technique in the clinical setting. It has become a noninvasive alternative to intraoperative cortical stimulation and the Wada test for eloquent cortex mapping and language lateralization, respectively. Its role in predicting postsurgical memory outcome and in localizing the ictal activity is being recognized. This review article describes the biophysical basis of blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI and the methodology adopted, including the design, paradigms, the fMRI setup, and data analysis. Illustrative cases have been discussed, wherein the fMRI results influenced the seizure team's decisions with regard to diagnosis and therapy. Finally, the special issues involved in fMRI of epilepsy patients and the various challenges of clinical fMRI are detailed

  10. Improved Cerebral Function in Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy after Subtemporal Amygdalohippocampectomy

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    Takaya, Shigetoshi; Mikuni, Nobuhiro; Mitsueda, Takahiro; Satow, Takeshi; Taki, Junya; Kinoshita, Masako; Miyamoto, Susumu; Hashimoto, Nobuo; Ikeda, Akio; Fukuyama, Hidenao

    2009-01-01

    The functional changes that occur throughout the human brain after the selective removal of an epileptogenic lesion remain unclear. Subtemporal selective amygdalohippocampectomy (SAH) has been advocated as a minimally invasive surgical procedure for patients with medically intractable mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). We evaluated the effects…

  11. Remifentanil-induced spike activity as a diagnostic tool in epilepsy surgery

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    Gronlykke, L.; Knudsen, M.L.; Hogenhaven, H.;

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To assess the value of remifentanil in intraoperative evaluation of spike activity in patients undergoing surgery for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-five patients undergoing temporal lobectomy for medically intractable MTLE were enrolled in the stu...

  12. MR imaging in epilepsy that is refractory to medical therapy

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    Cakirer, S.; Basak, M.; Mutlu, A.; Galip, G.M. [Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology Section, Istanbul Sisli Etfal Hospital, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2002-03-01

    The aim of this study was the assessment of detection rate on MRI and description of MRI findings in patients with medically intractable epilepsy. Seventy-three patients with medically intractable epilepsy between the ages of 0 and 68 years old were evaluated by MRI, on three planes with spin-echo T1, fast spin-echo T2, and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery sequences, and, if necessary, with contrast-enhanced SE T1 sequences. Cerebral infarct regions with atrophy and gliosis in 8 patients, cerebral tumors in 5 patients, hippocampal sclerosis in 16 patients, radial microbrain in 1 patient, cortical dysplasia in 3 patients, pachygyria in 2 patients, subcortical heterotopia in 2 patients, schizencephaly in 3 patients, cerebral hemiatrophy in 2 patients, tuberous sclerosis in 1 patient, herpes encephalitis in 2 patients, Rasmussen's encephalitis in 1 patient, vascular malformations in 5 patients, and no abnormality in 22 patients were detected. Magnetic resonance imaging has a high success rate in detecting structural brain abnormalities, of both temporal and extratemporal locations, associated with medically intractable epilepsy syndromes. So MRI plays a primary role in planning of the treatment, primarily surgical therapy, by detecting structural epileptogenic lesions. (orig.)

  13. MR imaging in epilepsy that is refractory to medical therapy

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    The aim of this study was the assessment of detection rate on MRI and description of MRI findings in patients with medically intractable epilepsy. Seventy-three patients with medically intractable epilepsy between the ages of 0 and 68 years old were evaluated by MRI, on three planes with spin-echo T1, fast spin-echo T2, and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery sequences, and, if necessary, with contrast-enhanced SE T1 sequences. Cerebral infarct regions with atrophy and gliosis in 8 patients, cerebral tumors in 5 patients, hippocampal sclerosis in 16 patients, radial microbrain in 1 patient, cortical dysplasia in 3 patients, pachygyria in 2 patients, subcortical heterotopia in 2 patients, schizencephaly in 3 patients, cerebral hemiatrophy in 2 patients, tuberous sclerosis in 1 patient, herpes encephalitis in 2 patients, Rasmussen's encephalitis in 1 patient, vascular malformations in 5 patients, and no abnormality in 22 patients were detected. Magnetic resonance imaging has a high success rate in detecting structural brain abnormalities, of both temporal and extratemporal locations, associated with medically intractable epilepsy syndromes. So MRI plays a primary role in planning of the treatment, primarily surgical therapy, by detecting structural epileptogenic lesions. (orig.)

  14. Pregabalin for Pain Treatment in Chronic Pancreatitis

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    Olesen, Søren Schou; Bowense, S; Wilder-Smith, Oliver;

    2011-01-01

    Intractable pain usually dominates the clinical presentation of chronic pancreatitis (CP). Slowing of electroencephalogram (EEG) rhythmicity has been associated with abnormal cortical pain processing in other chronic pain disorders. The aim of this study was to investigate the spectral distribution...

  15. Interleukin-6 levels are increased in temporal lobe epilepsy but not in extra-temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Liimatainen, Suvi; Fallah, Mahdi; Kharazmi, Elham; Peltola, Maria; Peltola, Jukka

    2009-05-01

    Previous studies have reported activation of inflammatory cytokines in seizures, but clinical characteristics of epilepsy associated with cytokine activation have not been well established. In this study, serum levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) were measured, and clinical characteristics of epilepsy were assessed in 86 well-evaluated patients with refractory focal epilepsy and in 5 patients with controlled focal epilepsy. Epilepsy was evaluated based on patient histories, electroclinical findings, and high-resolution brain MRI scans. Sixty-three healthy blood donors served as controls. IL-6 concentrations were chronically increased in epilepsy patients (11%) compared with healthy controls (0%) (P = 0.007). Increased levels of IL-6 were more prevalent in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) compared to patients with extra-TLE (P = 0.028). Also the mean and the median serum levels of IL-6 were higher in patients with TLE than in patients with extra-TLE (P = 0.042). Concentrations of IL-1RA were not significantly different in patients compared with controls. Indicated by increased levels of IL-6 in TLE, epilepsy type is important in determining chronic overproduction of cytokines in refractory focal epilepsy. The results may reflect a chronic immunological process in the brain in patients with refractory epilepsy. PMID:19252806

  16. A study of epilepsy-related psychosis

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    Roy A

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available The association of epilepsy and psychosis is studied. Among the 500 patients of epilepsy evaluated, there were 12 patients, 8 males and 4 females with epilepsy-related psychosis. Their average age was 38 years. The interval between the age of onset of epilepsy and psychotic features was 9 years. Complex partial seizures were present in 7 patients and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizure was present in 1 patient. Four patients had post-ictal psychosis, 7 had acute interictal psychosis and 1 patient had chronic psychosis. The inter-ictal and chronic psychoses were schizophreniform whereas the post-ictal psychoses were not. EEG showed a temporal focus in 7 patients with complex partial seizures and an extra-temporal focus was identified in 4 out of the other 5 patients. Imaging (CT scan/MRI revealed abnormalities in 10 patients. This study attempts to define the characteristics of psychoses occurring in epileptics.

  17. Aberrant expression of miR-218 and miR-204 in human mesial temporal lobe epilepsy and hippocampal sclerosis-Convergence on axonal guidance

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    Kaalund, Sanne S; Venø, Morten T; Bak, Mads;

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) is one of the most common types of the intractable epilepsies and is most often associated with hippocampal sclerosis (HS), which is characterized by pronounced loss of hippocampal pyramidal neurons. microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to be dysregul......OBJECTIVE: Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) is one of the most common types of the intractable epilepsies and is most often associated with hippocampal sclerosis (HS), which is characterized by pronounced loss of hippocampal pyramidal neurons. microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown...... to be dysregulated in epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases, and we hypothesized that miRNAs could be involved in the pathogenesis of MTLE and HS. METHODS: miRNA expression was quantified in hippocampal specimens from human patients using miRNA microarray and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction RT...

  18. Epilepsy due to malformations of cortical development: correlation of clinical, MRI and Tc-99mECD SPECT findings

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    Sporiš, Davor; Hajnšek, Sanja; Boban, Marina; Bašić, Silvio; Petrović, Ratimir; Radoš, Marko; Babić, Tomislav

    2008-01-01

    Malformations of cortical development (MCD) have been increasingly recognized as an important cause of intractable epilepsy. The aim of our study was to define epileptogenicity of MCDs by correlating MRI, EEG and semiology of epileptic attacks, and to determine the effect of MCD on drug resistant epilepsy. We also intended to reveal the utility of interictal single photo emission computed tomography (SPECT) in verification of MCD lesions and relative prevalence of different MCDs. ...

  19. Hereditary epilepsy syndromes

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    Callenbach, PMC; Brouwer, OF

    1997-01-01

    This paper reviews the present knowledge on the genetics of the epilepsies. Main clinical features, gene localization and pattern of inheritance of the idiopathic epilepsies, the progressive myoclonus epilepsies, and some other genetic disorders often associated with epilepsy, are described. (C) 199

  20. Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Block with Botulinum Toxin Type A for Intractable Neuropathic Pain.

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    Moon, Young Eun; Choi, Jung Hyun; Park, Hue Jung; Park, Ji Hye; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2016-01-01

    Neuropathic pain includes postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN), and trigeminal neuralgia, and so on. Although various drugs have been tried to treat neuropathic pain, the effectiveness of the drugs sometimes may be limited for chronic intractable neuropathic pain, especially when they cannot be used at an adequate dose, due to undesirable severe side effects and the underlying disease itself. Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) has been known for its analgesic effect in various pain conditions. Nevertheless, there are no data of nerve block in PHN and PDN. Here, we report two patients successfully treated with ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block using BoNT-A for intractable PHN and PDN. One patient had PHN on the left upper extremity and the other patient had PDN on a lower extremity. Due to side effects of drugs, escalation of the drug dose could not be made. We injected 50 Botox units (BOTOX(®), Allergan Inc., Irvine, CA, USA) into brachial plexus and lumbar plexus, respectively, under ultrasound. Their pain was significantly decreased for about 4-5 months. Ultrasound-guided nerve block with BoNT-A may be an effective analgesic modality in a chronic intractable neuropathic pain especially when conventional treatment failed to achieve adequate pain relief. PMID:26761032

  1. Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Block with Botulinum Toxin Type A for Intractable Neuropathic Pain

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    Young Eun Moon

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Neuropathic pain includes postherpetic neuralgia (PHN, painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN, and trigeminal neuralgia, and so on. Although various drugs have been tried to treat neuropathic pain, the effectiveness of the drugs sometimes may be limited for chronic intractable neuropathic pain, especially when they cannot be used at an adequate dose, due to undesirable severe side effects and the underlying disease itself. Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A has been known for its analgesic effect in various pain conditions. Nevertheless, there are no data of nerve block in PHN and PDN. Here, we report two patients successfully treated with ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block using BoNT-A for intractable PHN and PDN. One patient had PHN on the left upper extremity and the other patient had PDN on a lower extremity. Due to side effects of drugs, escalation of the drug dose could not be made. We injected 50 Botox units (BOTOX®, Allergan Inc., Irvine, CA, USA into brachial plexus and lumbar plexus, respectively, under ultrasound. Their pain was significantly decreased for about 4–5 months. Ultrasound-guided nerve block with BoNT-A may be an effective analgesic modality in a chronic intractable neuropathic pain especially when conventional treatment failed to achieve adequate pain relief.

  2. Childhood epilepsy and sleep

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    Al-Biltagi, Mohammed A

    2014-01-01

    Sleep and epilepsy are two well recognized conditions that interact with each other in a complex bi-directional way. Some types of epilepsies have increased activity during sleep disturbing it; while sleep deprivation aggravates epilepsy due to decreased seizure threshold. Epilepsy can deteriorate the sleep-related disorders and at the same time; the parasomnias can worsen the epilepsy. The secretion of sleep-related hormones can also be affected by the occurrence of seizures and supplementat...

  3. Video game epilepsy.

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    Singh R; Bhalla A; Lehl S; Sachdev A

    2001-01-01

    Reflex epilepsy is the commonest form of epilepsy in which seizures are provoked by specific external stimulus. Photosensitive reflex epilepsy is provoked by environmental flicker stimuli. Video game epilepsy is considered to be its variant or a pattern sensitive epilepsy. The mean age of onset is around puberty and boys suffer more commonly as they are more inclined to play video games. Television set or computer screen is the commonest precipitants. The treatment remains the removal of the ...

  4. Accommodating Students with Epilepsy or Seizure Disorders: Effective Strategies for Teachers

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    Hart Barnett, Juliet E.; Gay, Catherine

    2015-01-01

    The most common chronic neurological condition in children is epilepsy. Because it often occurs in childhood, epilepsy is likely the most common neurological condition encountered by school professionals including teachers. Given the impact that epilepsy can have on academic functioning and specifically on the day-to-day performance of a student…

  5. Animal models of epilepsy: use and limitations

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    Kandratavicius L

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Ludmyla Kandratavicius,1 Priscila Alves Balista,1 Cleiton Lopes-Aguiar,1 Rafael Naime Ruggiero,1 Eduardo Henrique Umeoka,2 Norberto Garcia-Cairasco,2 Lezio Soares Bueno-Junior,1 Joao Pereira Leite11Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, 2Department of Physiology, Ribeirao Preto School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, BrazilAbstract: Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures that affects millions of people worldwide. Comprehension of the complex mechanisms underlying epileptogenesis and seizure generation in temporal lobe epilepsy and other forms of epilepsy cannot be fully acquired in clinical studies with humans. As a result, the use of appropriate animal models is essential. Some of these models replicate the natural history of symptomatic focal epilepsy with an initial epileptogenic insult, which is followed by an apparent latent period and by a subsequent period of chronic spontaneous seizures. Seizures are a combination of electrical and behavioral events that are able to induce chemical, molecular, and anatomic alterations. In this review, we summarize the most frequently used models of chronic epilepsy and models of acute seizures induced by chemoconvulsants, traumatic brain injury, and electrical or sound stimuli. Genetic models of absence seizures and models of seizures and status epilepticus in the immature brain were also examined. Major uses and limitations were highlighted, and neuropathological, behavioral, and neurophysiological similarities and differences between the model and the human equivalent were considered. The quest for seizure mechanisms can provide insights into overall brain functions and consciousness, and animal models of epilepsy will continue to promote the progress of both epilepsy and neurophysiology research.Keywords: epilepsy, animal model, pilocarpine, kindling, neurodevelopment

  6. Neuromyelitis Optica: An Often Forgotten Cause of Intractable Nausea and Vomiting

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    Chijioke Enweluzo

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Neuromyelitis optica, also known as Devic's disease, is a rare autoimmune disorder in which a patient's immune system affects the optic nerves and the spinal cord, leading to loss of vision and spinal cord dysfunction. We present our experience with a 38-year-old female who presented to our facility with complaints of intractable nausea and vomiting. After extensive evaluation, she was found to have neuromyelitis optica. Her symptoms completely resolved following institution of appropriate therapy. She made a significant recovery and has since been placed on chronic immunosuppressive therapy. Through this article we hope to bring attention to a significant cause of intractable nausea and vomiting that may often be forgotten in general medicine or gastroenterology services.

  7. Pathology of temporal lobe epilepsy : An analysis of 100 consecutive surgical specimens from patients with medically refractory epilepsy.

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    Radhakrishnan V

    1999-07-01

    Full Text Available The neuropathological features of temporal lobe epilepsy were studied utilising 100 consecutive surgical specimens from patients with medically refractory complex partial seizures. A wide spectrum of neuropathological changes was recorded in 98 specimens. Fifty-eight specimens showed features of Ammon′s horn sclerosis. Diffuse accumulation of corpora amylacea were demonstrated in the resected temporal lobes from 54 patients. Six patients had neoplastic lesions of temporal lobe. One unique case of dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour showed a melanotic component within the tumour. The neuropathological features were regarded as nonspecific in 31% of cases. Our results indicate that a majority of patients with medically intractable epilepsy of temporal lobe origin reveal significant neuropathological features. Careful documentation of the neuropathological features and its correlation with radiological, electrophysiological and pre- and post-surgical clinical features will help in predicting the seizure outcome after temporal lobectomy for medically refractory epilepsy.

  8. Photodynamic therapy for epilepsy

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    Zusman, Edie; Sidhu, Manpreet; Coon, Valerie; Scott, Nicholas; Bisland, Stuart; Tsukamoto, Tara

    2006-02-01

    Epilepsy is surgically curable if the seizure focus can be localized and does not include areas of eloquent cortex. Because epileptic cells are indistinct from surrounding brain, resection typically includes normal tissue. Using the rat kindling model of epilepsy, we evaluated Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) as a super-selective lesioning technique. We present a series of pilot studies to evaluate: 1) Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) fluorescence, 2) the efficacy of PDT to raise seizure thresholds, 3) the safety of PDT using behavioral studies, and 4) histologic results. Bipolar electrodes were chronically implanted into the cortex and animals received successive low-level stimulation generating seizures of increasing severity. Following 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) administration, fully kindled rats received electrical stimulation to induce a generalized seizure. Animals were irradiated with laser light focused onto a temporal craniectomy. Our results show: 1) an increase in PpIX fluorescence in the seizure group, 2) PDT treated animals failed to demonstrate seizure activity following repeat stimulation, 3) no statistically significant difference between treated and control animals were observed on behavioral tests, 4) histology showed pyknotic hippocampal pyramidal cells in the CA3 region without areas of obvious necrosis. In conclusion, this is the first report of heightened PpIX-mediated fluorescence in epileptic brain. The selective accumulation of PpIX with laser PDT may provide a less invasive and more precise technique for obliteration of epileptic foci. PDT warrants additional research to determine if this technique may augment or replace existing procedures for the surgical management of epilepsy.

  9. Recognizing and preventing epilepsy-related mortality: A call for action.

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    Devinsky, Orrin; Spruill, Tanya; Thurman, David; Friedman, Daniel

    2016-02-23

    Epilepsy is associated with a high rate of premature mortality from direct and indirect effects of seizures, epilepsy, and antiseizure therapies. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the second leading neurologic cause of total lost potential life-years after stroke, yet SUDEP may account for less than half of all epilepsy-related deaths. Some epilepsy groups are especially vulnerable: individuals from low socioeconomic status groups and those with comorbid psychiatric illness die more often than controls. Despite clear evidence of an important public health problem, efforts to assess and prevent epilepsy-related deaths remain inadequate. We discuss factors contributing to the underestimation of SUDEP and other epilepsy-related causes of death. We suggest the need for a systematic classification of deaths directly due to epilepsy (e.g., SUDEP, drowning), due to acute symptomatic seizures, and indirectly due to epilepsy (e.g., suicide, chronic effects of antiseizure medications). Accurately estimating the frequency of epilepsy-related mortality is essential to support the development and assessment of preventive interventions. We propose that educational interventions and public health campaigns targeting medication adherence, psychiatric comorbidity, and other modifiable risk factors may reduce epilepsy-related mortality. Educational campaigns regarding sudden infant death syndrome and fires, which kill far fewer Americans than epilepsy, have been widely implemented. We have done too little to prevent epilepsy-related deaths. Everyone with epilepsy and everyone who treats people with epilepsy need to know that controlling seizures will save lives.

  10. Rethinking Intractable Conflict: The Perspective of Dynamical Systems

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    Vallacher, Robin R.; Coleman, Peter T.; Nowak, Andrzej; Bui-Wrzosinska, Lan

    2010-01-01

    Intractable conflicts are demoralizing. Beyond destabilizing the families, communities, or international regions in which they occur, they tend to perpetuate the very conditions of misery and hate that contributed to them in the first place. Although the common factors and processes associated with intractable conflicts have been identified…

  11. Epilepsy in Adults with TSC

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    Full Text Available ... for a listing of epilepsy centers go to www.naec-epilepsy.org or call 1-888-525- ... some individuals. Links Information for Women with Epilepsy: www.epilepsy.com/info/women Information for Men with ...

  12. Ensuring Appropriate Care in Epilepsy: An Overview of Epidemiological and Cost of Illness Considerations

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    Heaney, Dominic C; Josemir W.A.S. Sander

    1998-01-01

    Epilepsy is an important health problem throughout the world. In order to best manage epilepsy within a population, its epidemiological profile should be established. Epidemiological studies have shown that epilepsy is a very common, chronic condition that particularly affects the young and those in developing countries. Although the reported rates vary widely, the annual incidence rate of epilepsy is estimated to be approximately 40 to 70 per 100 000 population, and the prevalence is estimat...

  13. The Performance of Ictal Brain SPECT Localizing for Epileptogenic Zone in Neocortical Epilepsy

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    The epileptogenic zones should be localized precisely before surgical resection of these zones in intractable epilepsy. The localization is more difficult in patients with neocortical epilepsy than in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. This study aimed at evaluation of the usefulness of ictal brain perfusion SPECT for the localization of epileptogenic zones in neocortical epilepsy. We compared the performance of ictal SPECT with MRI referring to ictal scalp electroencephalography (sEEG). Ictal 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT were done in twenty-one patients. Ictal EEG were also obtained during video monitoring. MRI were reviewed. According to the ictal sEEG and semiology, 8 patients were frontal lobe epilepsy, 7 patients were lateral temporal lobe epilepsy, 2 patients were parietal lobe epilepsy, and 4 patients were occipital lobe epilepsy. Ictal SPECT showed hyperperfusion in 14 patients(67%) in the zones which were suspected to be epileptogenic according to ictal EEG and semiology. MRI found morphologic abnormalities in 9 patients(43%). Among the 12 patients, in whom no epileptogenic zones were revealed by MR1, ictal SPECT found zones of hyperperfusion concordant with ictal sEEG in 9 patients(75%). However, no zones of hyperperfusion were found in 4 among 9 patients who were found to have cerebromalacia, abnormal calcification and migration anomaly in MRI. We thought that ictal SPECT was useful for localization of epileptogenic zones in neocortical epilepsy and especially in patients with negative findings in MRI.

  14. Epilepsy Surgery Series: A Study of 502 Consecutive Patients from a Developing Country

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    Abdulaziz Alsemari

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    Full Text Available Purpose. To review the postoperative seizure outcomes of patients that underwent surgery for epilepsy at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSHRC. Methods. A descriptive retrospective study for 502 patients operated on for medically intractable epilepsy between 1998 and 2012. The surgical outcome was measured using the ILAE criteria. Results. The epilepsy surgery outcome for temporal lobe epilepsy surgery (ILAE classes 1, 2, and 3 at 12, 36, and 60 months is 79.6%, 74.2%, and 67%, respectively. The favorable 12- and 36-month outcomes for frontal lobe epilepsy surgery are 62% and 52%, respectively. For both parietal and occipital epilepsy lobe surgeries the 12- and 36-month outcomes are 67%. For multilobar epilepsy surgery, the 12- and 36-month outcomes are 65% and 50%, respectively. The 12- and 36-month outcomes for functional hemispherectomy epilepsy surgery are 64.2% and 63%, respectively. According to histopathology diagnosis, mesiotemporal sclerosis (MTS and benign CNS tumors had the best favorable outcome after surgery at 1 year (77.27% and 84.3%, resp., and 3 years (76% and 75%, resp.,. The least favorable seizure-free outcome after 3 years occurred in cases with dual pathology (66.6%. Thirty-four epilepsy patients with normal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI brain scans were surgically treated. The first- and third-year epilepsy surgery outcome of 17 temporal lobe surgeries were (53% and (47% seizure-free, respectively. The first- and third-year epilepsy surgery outcomes of 15 extratemporal epilepsy surgeries were (47% and (33% seizure-free. Conclusion. The best outcomes are achieved with temporal epilepsy surgery, mesial temporal sclerosis, and benign CNS tumor. The worst outcomes are from multilobar surgery, dual pathology, and normal MRI.

  15. International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force recommendations for a veterinary epilepsy-specific MRI protocol

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    Rusbridge, Clare; Long, Sam; Jovanovik, Jelena; Milne, Marjorie; Berendt, Mette; Bhatti, Sofie; De Risio, Luisa; Farqhuar, Robyn G; Fischer, Andrea; Matiasek, Kaspar; Muñana, Karen; Patterson, Edward E.; Pakozdy, Akos; Penderis, Jacques; Platt, Simon

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    Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological diseases in veterinary practice. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is regarded as an important diagnostic test to reach the diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy. However, given that the diagnosis requires the exclusion of other differentials for seizures, the parameters for MRI examination should allow the detection of subtle lesions which may not be obvious with existing techniques. In addition, there are several differentials for idiopathic...

  16. Increased expression of Notch1 in temporal lobe epilepsy:animal models and clinical evidence

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    Xijin Liu; Zhiyong Yang; Yaping Yin; Xuejun Deng

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    Temporal lobe epilepsy is associated with astrogliosis. Notch1 signaling can induce astrogliosis in glioma. However, it remains unknown whether Notch1 signaling is involved in the pathogenesis of epilepsy. This study investigated the presence of Notch1, hairy and enhancer of split-1, and glial fibrillary acidic protein in the temporal neocortex and hippocampus of lithium-pilocar-pine-treated rats. The presence of Notch1 and hairy and enhancer of split-1 was also explored in brain tissues of patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy. Quantitative electroencephalo-gram analysis and behavioral observations were used as auxiliary measures. Results revealed that the presence of Notch1, hairy and enhancer of split-1, and glial ifbrillary acidic protein were en-hanced in status epilepticus and vehicle-treated spontaneous recurrent seizures rats, but remain unchanged in the following groups:control, absence of either status epilepticus or spontaneous recurrent seizures, and zileuton-treated spontaneous recurrent seizures. Compared with patient control cases, the presences of Notch1 and hairy and enhancer of split-1 were upregulated in the temporal neocortex of patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy. Therefore, these results suggest that Notch1 signaling may play an important role in the onset of temporal lobe epilepsy via astrogliosis. Furthermore, zileuton may be a potential therapeutic strategy for temporal lobe epilepsy by blocking Notch1 signaling.

  17. Stigma and quality of life at long-term follow-up after surgery for epilepsy in Uganda.

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    Fletcher, Anita; Sims-Williams, Helen; Wabulya, Angela; Boling, Warren

    2015-11-01

    Epilepsy is a worldwide health problem with a 10-fold greater prevalence in the developing world. Commonly, the seizure focus is in the temporal lobe, and seizures in about 30% of people with epilepsy are intractable to medication. For these individuals, surgery for intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (iTLE) is more effective than medication alone and may be the only option for cure. Intractable temporal lobe epilepsy is associated with elevated morbidity and mortality, reduced quality of life (QOL), and associated stigma particularly occurring in the developing world. Individuals with intractable epilepsy who participated in an earlier Uganda pilot study were selected for the current study based on their undergoing previous surgery for iTLE or having comparable seizure type who did not have surgery. At long-term follow-up, 10 who underwent surgery for iTLE in addition to 9 patients with focal dyscognitive type epilepsy who did not have surgery were evaluated in the current study. Tests were administered to look at various outcome parameters: seizure severity, QOL, stigma, and self-esteem. Stigma and self-esteem were additionally evaluated in the parent/caregiver. Seventy-percent of surgical resection patients were seizure-free at 8 years postsurgery. The QOLIE-31 scores were higher in surgical patients. Child/patient and parent/proxy surveys identified lower stigma in seizure-free patients. The results suggest that surgery for iTLE is an effective treatment for epilepsy in the developing world and provides an opportunity to reduce stigma and improve QOL. PMID:26414342

  18. Stigma and quality of life at long-term follow-up after surgery for epilepsy in Uganda.

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    Fletcher, Anita; Sims-Williams, Helen; Wabulya, Angela; Boling, Warren

    2015-11-01

    Epilepsy is a worldwide health problem with a 10-fold greater prevalence in the developing world. Commonly, the seizure focus is in the temporal lobe, and seizures in about 30% of people with epilepsy are intractable to medication. For these individuals, surgery for intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (iTLE) is more effective than medication alone and may be the only option for cure. Intractable temporal lobe epilepsy is associated with elevated morbidity and mortality, reduced quality of life (QOL), and associated stigma particularly occurring in the developing world. Individuals with intractable epilepsy who participated in an earlier Uganda pilot study were selected for the current study based on their undergoing previous surgery for iTLE or having comparable seizure type who did not have surgery. At long-term follow-up, 10 who underwent surgery for iTLE in addition to 9 patients with focal dyscognitive type epilepsy who did not have surgery were evaluated in the current study. Tests were administered to look at various outcome parameters: seizure severity, QOL, stigma, and self-esteem. Stigma and self-esteem were additionally evaluated in the parent/caregiver. Seventy-percent of surgical resection patients were seizure-free at 8 years postsurgery. The QOLIE-31 scores were higher in surgical patients. Child/patient and parent/proxy surveys identified lower stigma in seizure-free patients. The results suggest that surgery for iTLE is an effective treatment for epilepsy in the developing world and provides an opportunity to reduce stigma and improve QOL.

  19. Flunarizine used as an open add-on therapy in an increasing dosage for the treatment of intractable partial epilepsy seizure%氟桂利嗪剂量递增法治疗难治性癫痫部分性发作的疗效观察

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    马仁飞; 周本秀; 杨毅; 赵江明; 薜迎红; 施勤; 刘会林

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    Objective To study the efficacy and safety of flunarizine (FNR)used as an open add-on therapy with increasing dosage for treatment of intractable partial seizures (IPS). Methods Fourty-three patients with IPS received FNR add-on therapy more than 6 months in addition to the medication of existing antiepileptic drug.The administration of FNR in increasing dosage was executed as follows: for children aged 8-12 years,the initial dosage was 5 mg/d in the first week,then with a subsquent increase of 5 mg/d every week; for adult,10 mg/d for the first week,and then increased 10 mg/d each week. And at the fourth week,the dosage of FNR for children was added up to 20 mg/d,and for the adult, 40 mg/d served as a maintenance dosage continuously for 6 months. Results Two patients dropped out for personal reasons. Three cases discontinued FNR add-on therapy because of untolerable adverse effects of increasing dosage.Thiry-eight patients accomplished the whole course of 6-month treatment.Total effective rate was 63%,in which there was 75% for simple partial seizures (SPS), 62% for complex partial seizures(CPS) and 56% for the secondary general seizures(SGS).There was a seizure reduction of 69% as compared with pre-FNR treatment period (P<0.01),showing 73% for SPS ,66% for CPS and 57% for SGS respectively.The patients with severe and mediate abnormal EEG reduced a rate from 76% to 47%.The changes in ECG and clinical tests of liver,kidney, blood and urine were insignificant as compered with its before and after FNR administration.Sixteen cases had manifestations of mildly adverse effects,but no influence to the treatment. Conclusion FNR as an add-on therapy with increasing dosage has a definite efficacy and a higher safety for the treatment of IPS.%目的 研究氟桂利嗪作为添加剂,采用剂量递增法治疗难治性癫痫部分性发作的疗效和安全性。方法 对1997年1月至2000年1月收治的43例难治性部分性发作患者(男25

  20. Video game epilepsy.

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    Singh R

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available Reflex epilepsy is the commonest form of epilepsy in which seizures are provoked by specific external stimulus. Photosensitive reflex epilepsy is provoked by environmental flicker stimuli. Video game epilepsy is considered to be its variant or a pattern sensitive epilepsy. The mean age of onset is around puberty and boys suffer more commonly as they are more inclined to play video games. Television set or computer screen is the commonest precipitants. The treatment remains the removal of the offending stimulus along with drug therapy. Long term prognosis in these patients is better as photosensitivity gradually declines with increasing age. We present two such case of epilepsy induced by video game.

  1. Treatment of intractable rheumatoid arthritis with total lymphoid irradiation

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    Eleven patients with intractable rheumatoid arthritis were treated with total lymphoid irradiation (total dose, 2000 rad) in an uncontrolled feasibility study, as an alternative to long-term therapy with cytotoxic drugs such as cyclophosphamide and azathioprine. During a follow-up period of five to 18 months after total lymphoid irradiation, there was a profound and sustained suppression of the absolute lymphocyte count and in vitro lymphocyte function, as well as an increase in the ratio of Leu-2 (suppressor/cytotoxic) to Leu-3 (helper) T cells in the blood. Persistent circulating suppressor cells of the mixed leukocyte response and of pokeweed mitogen-induced immunoglobulin secretion developed in most patients. In nine of the 11 patients, these changes in immune status were associated with relief of joint tenderness and swelling and with improvement in function scores. Maximum improvement occurred approximately six months after irradiation and continued for the remainder of the observation period. Few severe or chronic side effects were associated with the radiotherapy

  2. Epilepsy in Ireland: towards the primary-tertiary care continuum.

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    Varley, Jarlath

    2010-01-01

    Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disease affecting people of every age, gender, race and socio-economic background. The diagnosis and optimal management relies on contribution from a number of healthcare disciplines in a variety of healthcare settings.

  3. Epilepsy research 150 years after Darwin's theory of evolution.

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    Scorza, Fulvio A; Terra, Vera C; Scorza, Carla A; Arida, Ricardo M; Cavalheiro, Esper A

    2009-12-01

    On February 12, 2009, we commemorated the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of the 'On the origin of species'. Only in the sixth edition of the Origin Darwin explicitly stated that natural selection applied to the brain as to all other organs and contemporary epilepsy research plays an interesting role in this scenario. Epilepsy affects approximately 3 percent of the general population and is a complex disease. At least 11 genes have now been described for human epilepsy and over 50 more genes have been identified in animal models of epilepsy. The complex gene to gene interactions and gene-environment interactions may account for epilepsy susceptibility and antiepileptic drug response. Darwin's thoughts on evolution are relevant to understand these gene interactions, contributing to current development of new treatments and prevention of chronic diseases, such as epilepsy.

  4. Cerebral depression due to propylene glycol in a patient with chronic epilepsy--the value of the plasma osmolal gap in diagnosis.

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    Lolin, Y.; Francis, D A; Flanagan, R J; Little, P.; Lascelles, P. T.

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    A case of propylene glycol poisoning is described in a 39 year old woman which resulted in her admission to hospital in status epilepticus. She had had a long-standing history of uncontrollable epilepsy. The diagnosis of propylene glycol poisoning resulted directly from the finding of a high plasma osmolal gap on admission. This finding would have been missed if later samples only had been analysed. Plasma osmolality and the osmolal gap should be considered first line investigations in patien...

  5. The Piriform Cortex and Human Focal Epilepsy

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    David eVaughan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available It is surprising that the piriform cortex, when compared to the hippocampus, has been given relatively little significance in human epilepsy. Like the hippocampus, it has a phylogenetically preserved three-layered cortex that is vulnerable to excitotoxic injury, has broad connections to both limbic and cortical areas, and is highly epileptogenic - being critical to the kindling process. The well-known phenomenon of early olfactory auras in temporal lobe epilepsy highlights its clinical relevance in humans. Perhaps because it is anatomically indistinct and difficult to approach surgically, as it clasps the middle cerebral artery, it has, until now, been understandably neglected. In this review we emphasize how its unique anatomical and functional properties, as primary olfactory cortex, predispose it to involvement in focal epilepsy. From recent convergent findings in human neuroimaging, clinical epileptology and experimental animal models, we make the case that the piriform cortex is likely to play a facilitating and amplifying role in human focal epileptogenesis, and may influence progression to epileptic intractability.

  6. A dyadic model of living with epilepsy based on the perspectives of adults with epilepsy and their support persons.

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    Walker, Elizabeth Reisinger; Barmon, Christina; McGee, Robin E; Engelhard, George; Sterk, Claire E; DiIorio, Colleen; Thompson, Nancy J

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    Epilepsy is a chronic condition that significantly affects the lives of individuals with epilepsy and their support persons, though few studies have examined the experiences of both. To examine these experiences and explore the interpersonal relationships between dyad members, we conducted in-depth interviews with 22 persons with epilepsy and 16 support persons. Data analysis was guided by a grounded theory perspective. We developed a model that shows how epilepsy impacts the lives of both persons with epilepsy and their support persons and how the experiences of persons with epilepsy and supporters influence one another. The core model elements were seizure and treatment factors, relationship characteristics, self-management, seizure control, support provided, illness intrusiveness, and quality of life. Persons with epilepsy moved through the model in five trajectories depending on seizure control, relationship type, and gender. Support providers followed four trajectories based on seizure control, perception of burden, and support for themselves. Persons with epilepsy and their primary support providers have varied experiences in how epilepsy affects their lives. This model could serve as a basis for future research and intervention efforts focused on ways to reduce illness intrusiveness and improve quality of life for persons with epilepsy and their supporters.

  7. Compensatory brain activation for recognition memory in patients with medication resistant epilepsy

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    Eliassen, James C.; Holland, Scott K.; Szaflarski, Jerzy P.

    2008-01-01

    Progressive decline of memory functions has been observed in patients with chronic medication-resistant epilepsy. The progression likely relates to the effects of epileptiform discharges, seizures, and medications on the processes of encoding and retrieval. The goal of this study was to use functional MRI (fMRI) to examine the effects of chronic epilepsy on verbal recognition memory. We enrolled 12 patients with medication-resistant epilepsy (5 with right and 7 in left-hemispheric seizure ons...

  8. Neuroimaging in epilepsy

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy is the most common neurological disease worldwide and is second only to stroke in causing neurological morbidity. Neuroimaging plays a very important role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with epilepsy. This review article highlights the specific role of various imaging modalities in patients with epilepsy, and their practical applications in the management of epileptic patients.

  9. Epilepsy is a disease!

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    Walter Oleschko Arruda

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    Full Text Available According to the definition of disease, epilepsy shall not be considered neither a symptom nor a syndrome. Epilepsy is a generic term for a group of diseases characterized by seizures. It implies a state quite distinct from health. Therefore it seems worthy to keep epilepsy as such in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD.

  10. Polymicrogyria-Associated Epilepsy

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    Full Text Available Investigators from the Boston Children's Hospital, New York University, Brown University, and Birmingham School of Medicine, AL, studied the clinical epilepsy and imaging features of 87 patients with polymicrogyria (PMG and epilepsy, recruited through the Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project.

  11. Memory Functioning in Children with Epilepsy: Frontal Lobe Epilepsy, Childhood Absence Epilepsy, and Benign Epilepsy with Centrotemporal Spikes

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    Ana Filipa Lopes; José Paulo Monteiro; Maria José Fonseca; Conceição Robalo; Mário Rodrigues Simões

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    Specific cognitive deficits have been identified in children with epilepsy irrespective of results on intelligence tests. Memory deficits are traditionally attributed to temporal lobe epilepsy, whereas the impact of frontal lobe epilepsy on memory functions has remained controversial. The aim of this study was the examination of memory abilities in other childhood common epilepsy syndromes (frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE), childhood absence epilepsy (CAE), and benign epilepsy with centrotemporal ...

  12. Decompressive Craniectomy for Intractable Intracranial Hypertension

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    Bulent Bakar

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    Full Text Available Aim: This retrospective study was established to analyse the effects of the decompressive craniectomy on patients with different causes of increased intracranial pressure. Material and Method: Nine patients at risk of developing malignant cerebral edema aged between 18 and 75 years were included in this study. Four patients suffered from severe traumatic brain injury, two patients from subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH and vasospastic ischemia, and 3 patients from malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery. Results: Nine patients underwent decompressive craniectomy as the last therapeutic choice. At first admission mean intracranial pressure (ICP was 22.6 ± 6.7 mmHg; mean preoperative ICP value was 40.8 ± 16.3 mmHg; and mean postoperative ICP value was 9.3± 3.6 mmHg. In two patients bilateral; and in seven patients unilateral frontotemporoparietal craniectomy was preferred. Mean time of the re-implantation of the bone flap was 25.75±10.0 days. One patient with SAH died postoperatively and eight patients survived (mortality rate 11.1%. Mean value of the Glasgow Outcome Scale score as evaluated at 36 months after the decompression was approximately 4. Discussion: This surgical procedure is successful for treatment of the acute or delayed intractable intracerebral hypertension with a low rate of complication if it is performed timely and carefully.

  13. [Management of intractable migraine in adults].

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    Pradalier, André; Baudesson, Gilles; Delage, Alain

    2003-01-01

    The management of intractable migraine is not yet standardised. The first point in the emergency department is to eliminate severe cephalalgic non-migrainous disease, then to confirm the diagnosis of migraine. The second point is to determine trigger factors responsible for the refractory migraine--principally inadequate therapy, such as too low a dosage, inadequate treatment compared with intensity, and delayed treatment. Examples of inadequate classical treatments are presented for the following four main oral therapies: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), analgesics, ergot derivatives, and triptans. When these drugs are ineffective, the following are used via injections: propacetamol, aspirin (lysine acetylsalicylate), injectable NSAIDs, and nefopam. These products differ from country-to-country. For example, morphinomimetics, phenothiazines and corticosteroids are widely prescribed in the US, while metamizole (dipyrone) is preferred in developing countries. The authors describe the different models of administration and the adverse effects of the substances. Finally, they describe the treatment of status migrainosus. Globally, triptans are underused in emergency departments. This review confirms the need for controlled trials of treatments for migraine in emergency departments in order to develop an international therapeutic consensus. PMID:14679670

  14. Natural History of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Antecedents and Progression

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    Garima Shukla

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Temporal lobe epilepsy represents the largest group of patients with treatment resistant/medically intractable epilepsy undergoing epilepsy surgery. The underpinnings of common forms of TLE in many instances begin in early life with the occurrence of an initial precipitating event. The first epileptic seizure often occurs after a variable latency period following this event. The precise natural history and progression following the first seizure to the development of TLE, its subsequent resolution through spontaneous remission or the development of treatment resistant epilepsy remain poorly understood. Our present understanding of the role played by these initial events, the subsequent latency to development of temporal lobe epilepsy, and the emergence of treatment resistance remains incomplete. A critical analysis of published data suggest that TLE is a heterogeneous condition, where the age of onset, presence or absence of a lesion on neuroimaging, the initial precipitating event, association with febrile seizures, febrile status epilepticus, and neurotropic viral infections influence the natural history and outcome. The pathways and processes through which these variables coalesce into a framework will provide the basis for an understanding of the natural history of TLE. The questions raised need to be addressed in future prospective and longitudinal observational studies.

  15. Positron emission tomography in presurgical evaluation of epilepsy

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    In a considerable proportion of patients with medically intractable partial epilepsies who are considered for surgery, the detection of a lesion with MRI or CT is not possible. Functional imaging methods can provide clinically useful information in these cases, being methods which enable localisation of functional abnormalities independent from EEG. There is an extensive knowledge about interictal PET-investigations with F-18 FDG. Many centers dealing with preoperative evaluation of epilepsy use this method as part of their diagnostic routine. Most studies report a decrease of glucose metabolism in topographic correlation to the EEG defined seizure origin in temporal lobe epilepsy in 70%-85% of the patients. The sensitivity reported for the detection of extratemporal foci is markedly lower. The mapping of neuronal structures with specific ligands, i.e. benzodiazepine receptor ligands has advantages compared to the detection of changes in flow and metabolism. It enables the differentiation of abnormalities in the neuronal texture of the brain from deactivated cortical areas. This is especially important when surgical procedures other than standard resection techniques are considered. The clinical importance of the functional imaging methods is that they help to decrease the amount of invasive EEG recordings in temporal lobe epilepsy. Furthermore, in extratemporal epilepsies functional imaging techniques facilitate the placement of the electrodes for invasive EEG recording. (orig.)

  16. Autoimmune epilepsy: distinct subpopulations of epilepsy patients harbor serum autoantibodies to either glutamate/AMPA receptor GluR3, glutamate/NMDA receptor subunit NR2A or double-stranded DNA.

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    Ganor, Yonatan; Goldberg-Stern, Hadassa; Lerman-Sagie, Tally; Teichberg, Vivian I; Levite, Mia

    2005-06-01

    We studied 82 patients with different types of epilepsy and 49 neurologically intact non-epileptic controls, and identified three different subpopulations of epilepsy patients bearing significantly elevated levels of autoantibodies to either GluR3B-peptide of glutamate/AMPA receptor subtype 3 (17/82; 21% of patients), or to a peptide of NR2A subunit of glutamate/NMDA receptors (15/82; 18%), or to double-stranded (ds) DNA, the hallmark of systemic lupus erythematosus (13/80; 16%). Most patients had only one antibody type, arguing against cross-reactivity. Nearly all anti-dsDNA Ab-positive patients did not harbor anti-nuclear autoantibodies. Most patients had no history of brain damage, febrile convulsions, early onset epilepsy, acute epilepsy or intractable seizures. We suggest to measure the 'autoimmune-fingerprints' of epilepsy patients for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. PMID:15978777

  17. Risks of Academic Underachievement in Epilepsy

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2004-01-01

    The relation between neuropsychological functioning and academic achievement and the role of family environment, seizures, and psychosocial variables were examined in 173 children with chronic epilepsy, ages 8 to 15 years, at Purdue School of Science; Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis; and University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine, WI.

  18. Cannabidiol and epilepsy: Rationale and therapeutic potential.

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    Leo, Antonio; Russo, Emilio; Elia, Maurizio

    2016-05-01

    Despite the introduction of new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), the quality of life and therapeutic response for patients with epilepsy remains still poor. Unfortunately, besides several advantages, these new AEDs have not satisfactorily reduced the number of refractory patients. Therefore, the need for different other therapeutic options to manage epilepsy is still a current issue. To this purpose, emphasis has been given to phytocannabinoids, which have been medicinally used since ancient time in the treatment of neurological disorders including epilepsy. In particular, the nonpsychoactive compound cannabidiol (CBD) has shown anticonvulsant properties, both in preclinical and clinical studies, with a yet not completely clarified mechanism of action. However, it should be made clear that most phytocannabinoids do not act on the endocannabinoid system as in the case of CBD. In in vivo preclinical studies, CBD has shown significant anticonvulsant effects mainly in acute animal models of seizures, whereas restricted data exist in chronic models of epilepsy as well as in animal models of epileptogenesis. Likewise, clinical evidence seems to indicate that CBD is able to manage epilepsy both in adults and children affected by refractory seizures, with a favourable side effect profile. However, to date, clinical trials are both qualitatively and numerically limited, thus yet inconsistent. Therefore, further preclinical and clinical studies are undoubtedly needed to better evaluate the potential therapeutic profile of CBD in epilepsy, although the actually available data is promising. PMID:26976797

  19. MRI and SPECT findings as a predictive factor for postencephalitic epilepsy

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    Mizobuchi, Masahiro; Tanaka, Chiharu; Sako, Kazuya; Murakami, Nobuto; Nihira, Atsuko [Nakamura Memorial Hospital, Sapporo (Japan)

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    Relationship between postencephalitic epilepsy and acute phase symptoms, CSF, EEG and MRI findings was assessed by Kaplan-Meier method. Thirteen of 34 patients manifestated epilepsy including four intractable cases. Women (7/11), herpes simplex virus (6/7), seizures in acute phase (12/18), abnormal findings or MRI (6/7) were statistically significant. Four of nine patients with hyperperfusion area by HMPAO-SPECT in acute phase and two of three patients with hypoperfusion area by IMP-SPECT in recovery phase had epilepsy. Hyperperfusion in acute phase reflected acute seizures and inflammations, whereas hypoperfusion in the recovery phase reflected hypometabolism caused by brain damage. These findings suggest epileptogenicity, MRI and SPECT findings may predict prognosis of postencephalitic epilepsy. (author)

  20. MRI and SPECT findings as a predictive factor for postencephalitic epilepsy

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    Relationship between postencephalitic epilepsy and acute phase symptoms, CSF, EEG and MRI findings was assessed by Kaplan-Meier method. Thirteen of 34 patients manifestated epilepsy including four intractable cases. Women (7/11), herpes simplex virus (6/7), seizures in acute phase (12/18), abnormal findings or MRI (6/7) were statistically significant. Four of nine patients with hyperperfusion area by HMPAO-SPECT in acute phase and two of three patients with hypoperfusion area by IMP-SPECT in recovery phase had epilepsy. Hyperperfusion in acute phase reflected acute seizures and inflammations, whereas hypoperfusion in the recovery phase reflected hypometabolism caused by brain damage. These findings suggest epileptogenicity, MRI and SPECT findings may predict prognosis of postencephalitic epilepsy. (author)

  1. Approximating methods for intractable probabilistic models: Applications in neuroscience

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    Højen-Sørensen, Pedro; Hansen, Lars Kai; Rasmussen, Carl Edward; Larsen, Jan

    2002-01-01

    This thesis investigates various methods for carrying out approximate inference in intractable probabilistic models. By capturing the relationships between random variables, the framework of graphical models hints at which sets of random variables pose a problem to the inferential step. The approximating techniques used in this thesis originate from the field of statistical physics which for decades has been facing the same type of intractable computations when analyzing large systems of inte...

  2. Ego functions in epilepsy

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    Sørensen, A S; Hansen, H; Høgenhaven, H;

    1988-01-01

    Two groups of epilepsy patients (28 patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and 15 patients with primary generalized epilepsy) entered a study of personality traits related to epilepsy, based on a modification of Bellak's semistructured interview for assessment of ego strength. Two groups of subjects...... served as controls: 15 patients with a non-neurological but relapsing disorder, psoriasis, and 15 healthy volunteers. Compared with the group of healthy volunteers, a decreased adaptive level of ego functioning was found in the epilepsy groups, regardless of seizure types and EEG findings, and...... than 15 years when the disease began. The number of anticonvulsants administered did not influence the results. No difference on adaptive level of ego functioning was found between the group with primary generalized epilepsy and the group with temporal lobe epilepsy. Similarly, the temporal lobe...

  3. International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force recommendations for a veterinary epilepsy-specific MRI protocol

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    Rusbridge, Clare; Long, Sam; Jovanovik, Jelena;

    2015-01-01

    be adapted for both low and high field scanners. Standardisation of imaging will improve clinical communication and uniformity of case definition between research studies. A 6-7 sequence epilepsy-specific MRI protocol for veterinary patients is proposed and further advanced MR and functional imaging......Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological diseases in veterinary practice. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is regarded as an important diagnostic test to reach the diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy. However, given that the diagnosis requires the exclusion of other differentials...... for seizures, the parameters for MRI examination should allow the detection of subtle lesions which may not be obvious with existing techniques. In addition, there are several differentials for idiopathic epilepsy in humans, for example some focal cortical dysplasias, which may only apparent with special...

  4. One hour of pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus is sufficient to develop chronic epilepsy in mice, and is associated with mossy fiber sprouting but not neuronal death

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    Ling-Lin Chen; Hang-Feng Feng; Xue-Xia Mao; Qing Ye; Ling-Hui Zeng

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    Determining the minimal duration of status epilepticus (SE) that leads to the development of subsequent spontaneous seizures (i.e.,epilepsy) is important,because it provides a critical time-window for seizure intervention and epilepsy prevention.In the present study,male ICR (Imprinting Control Region) mice were injected with pilocarpine to induce acute seizures.SE was terminated by diazepam at 10 min,30 min,1 h,2 h and 4 h after seizure onset.Spontaneous seizures occurred in the 1,2 and 4 h SE groups,and the seizure frequency increased with the prolongation of SE.Similarly,the Morris water maze revealed that the escape latency was significantly increased and the number of target quadrant crossings was markedly decreased in the 1,2 and 4 h SE groups.Robust mossy fiber sprouting was observed in these groups,but not in the 10 or 30 min group.In contrast,Fluoro-Jade B staining revealed significant cell death only in the 4 h SE group.The incidence and frequency of spontaneous seizures were correlated with Timm score (P =0.004) and escape latency (P =0.004).These data suggest that SE longer than one hour results in spontaneous motor seizures and memory deficits,and spontaneous seizures are likely associated with robust mossy fiber sprouting but not neuronal death.

  5. Experimental therapy of epilepsy with transcranial magnetic stimulation: lack of additional benefit with prolonged treatment

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    Brasil-Neto Joaquim P.; Araújo Doralúcia P. de; Teixeira Wagner A.; Araújo Valéria P.; Boechat-Barros Raphael

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    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of three months of low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) treatment in intractable epilepsy. METHODS: Five patients (four males, one female; ages 6 to 50 years), were enrolled in the study; their epilepsy could not be controlled by medical treatment and surgery was not indicated. rTMS was performed twice a week for three months; patients kept records of seizure frequency for an equal period of time before, during, and after rTMS ...

  6. Low dose intratympanic gentamicin for control of intractable vertigo

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    H Gayathri

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Intratympanic gentamicin therapy is an effective modality for control of vertigo in Meniere's disease (MD and when given in low concentration (<30 mg/mL, once weekly minimizes its side effects like chronic vestibular insufficiency or hearing loss. We studied the efficacy of low dose interval intratympanic gentamicin therapy in control of intractable vertigo in MD and the postprocedure hearing loss. As gentamicin is vestibular end-organ selective and not specific for treatment of MD alone we studied its efficacy in non-Meniere's peripheral vertigo (NMPV in patients with nonserviceable hearing in affected ear. Subjects and Methods: Our study included 13 patients with “Definite” MD and seven patients with NMPV. In MD group, one treatment series consisted of a maximum of 3 weekly intratympanic gentamicin injections of 0.3 mL (12 mg of gentamicin. In NMPV group, the schedule was similar but dosage per injection was 0.5 mL (20 mg. Another similar series of injections were repeated for recurrences. Results: Significant reduction was noted in number of vertigo spells in both groups after treatment (P < 0.001. All the patients experienced either complete or substantial control (Class A or B of their vertigo. The functional level scale had significantly improved posttreatment in both groups (P < 0.01. No significant worsening in hearing was noted in any of the patients in MD group. Interpretation and Conclusion: Low dose interval intratympanic gentamicin is a simple cost-effective office procedure for managing vertigo in patients with MD and in patients with NMPV and nonserviceable hearing.

  7. Fractionated Stereotactic Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Medial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: A Case Report

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    Park, Hye Ran; Chung, Hyun-Tai; Lee, Sang Kun; Kim, Dong Gyu; Paek, Sun Ha

    2016-01-01

    An 18-year-old left-handed male harbored intractable medial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) underwent fractionated gamma knife surgery (GKS) instead of open surgery, considering the mental retardation and diffuse cerebral dysfunction. GKS treatment parameters were: target volume, 8.8 cm3; total marginal dose, 24 Gy in 3 fractionations at the 50% isodose line. The patient has been free from seizures since 9 months after GKS, with notable improvement in cognitive outcome. Fractionated GKS could b...

  8. Epilepsy in Adults with TSC

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    Full Text Available ... are often distributed throughout the brain. Devices to treat epilepsy include vagus nerve stimulation and responsive neurostimulation. Who Treats Epilepsy? A general neurologist can treat uncomplicated epilepsy ...

  9. Genetics Home Reference: Northern epilepsy

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    ... Understand Genetics Home Health Conditions Northern epilepsy Northern epilepsy Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse boxes. Download PDF Open All Close All Description Northern epilepsy is a genetic condition that causes recurrent seizures ( ...

  10. PET evaluation of refractory epilepsy in children and adolescents

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    In many cases of intractable epilepsy, the focus is difficult to localize. In this paper positron emission tomography (PET) and MR imaging are compared for accuracy in identifying seizure foci. Cerebral glucose utilization was measured using conventional fluorodeoxyglucose technique in 29 children with epilepsy. All subjects also underwent MR imaging and were evaluated clinically and electrophysiologically. The authors evaluated 34 regions of interest (ROIs) within eight tomographic sections for rCMRglu metabolism. In 17 of 29 patients, MR imaging yielded normal results; PET results were abnormal in 12 of these patients, 11 of whom went on to surgery. The five patients in whom both PET and MR imaging results were normal did not go to surgery, and no definitive diagnoses were made

  11. 乌灵菌粉对慢性癫痫大鼠诱发记忆再现障碍的作用机制%Mechanisms of Wuling mycelia powder on memory retrieval impairment in rats with chronic epilepsy

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    任光丽; 陈冠锋; 张力三; 胡兴越

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the mechanisms of Wuling mycelia powder on memory retrieval impairment in rats with chronic epilepsy. Method: SD rats were randomly divided into four groups: the pentylenetetrazole-kindling group (the model control group) , the low dose of Wuling mycelia powder (0. 3 g · kg-1, ig) group, the high dose of Wuling mycelia powder (0. 6 g · kg-1, ig) group and the blank control group. After being successfully trained in the 8-arm (4-arm baited) radial maze, the rats were intrap-eritoneally injected with a subconvulsive dose (35 mg·kg-1 ) of pentylenetetrazole ( saline in control group) every 48 h for 12 times. Wuling mycelia powder were orally administered 30 min before every pentylenetetrazole injection. Memory retrieval was tested at the same maze. Phosphorylated CREB were analyzed by Western blot. Brain pathological sections were stained using HE, hippocampal nerve cells were observed under optical microscopes. Result: Both of reference and working memory abilities of these chronic epilepsy rats were impaired as expressed in the 8-arm radial maze but reversed by Wuling mycelia powder to some extent. Chronic epilepsy caused a decreasing p-CREB in hippocampal nerve cells and injury in hippocampal CA1 region and CA3 region among rats. Wuling mycelia powder inhibited hippocampal p-CREB from decreasing and protected hippocampal nerve cells. Conclusion: Wuling mycelia powder could ameliorate memory impairment induced by epilepsia. Its mechanism may be related to the increase in p-CREB expression in brain and the protective effect on hippocampal nerve cells.%目的:研究乌灵菌粉对慢性癫痫大鼠记忆再现障碍的作用及其可能的机制.方法:将SD大鼠随机分为4组:戊四唑点燃模型组(模型对照组),低剂量乌灵菌粉(0.3g· kg-1,ig)组,高剂量乌灵菌粉(0.6g· kg-1,ig)组和空白对照组.大鼠在放射状八臂(四臂放食物)迷宫训练成功后,隔日腹腔注射亚惊厥剂量(35 mg· kg-1)

  12. Temporal lobe epilepsy surgery in children versus adults: from etiologies to outcomes

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    Yun-Jin Lee

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    Full Text Available Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE is the most common type of medically intractable epilepsy in adults and children, and mesial temporal sclerosis is the most common underlying cause of TLE. Unlike in the case of adults, TLE in infants and young children often has etiologies other than mesial temporal sclerosis, such as tumors, cortical dysplasia, trauma, and vascular malformations. Differences in seizure semiology have also been reported. Motor manifestations are prominent in infants and young children, but they become less obvious with increasing age. Further, automatisms tend to become increasingly complex with age. However, in childhood and especially in adolescence, the clinical manifestations are similar to those of the adult population. Selective amygdalohippocampectomy can lead to excellent postoperative seizure outcome in adults, but favorable results have been seen in children as well. Anterior temporal lobectomy may prove to be a more successful surgery than amygdalohippocampectomy in children with intractable TLE. The presence of a focal brain lesion on magnetic resonance imaging is one of the most reliable independent predictors of a good postoperative seizure outcome. Seizure-free status is the most important predictor of improved psychosocial outcome with advanced quality of life and a lower proportion of disability among adults and children. Since the brain is more plastic during infancy and early childhood, recovery is promoted. In contrast, long epilepsy duration is an important risk factor for surgically refractory seizures. Therefore, patients with medically intractable TLE should undergo surgery as early as possible.

  13. Temporal lobe epilepsy is a disease of faulty neuronal resonators rather than oscillators, and all seizures are provoked, usually by stress.

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    Eggers, Arnold E

    2007-01-01

    Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the most common cause of intractable adult epilepsy. It is proposed that different kinds of epilepsy be classified into one of two categories, which correspond to the two basic kinds of neurons in the brain, that is, as diseases of oscillators or as diseases of resonators. Oscillator (or pacemacker) neurons are endowed with intrinsic conductances that permit periodic spontaneous generation of action potentials; in contrast, resonators are neurons which process information coming from sensory stimuli or from other neurons. A literature review supports the idea that TLE is a disease of faulty resonators. This means that seizures do not arise de novo in the seizure focus. The seizure focus responds to normal input with an abnormally large discharge that causes seizures. The most frequent trigger for TLE is psychological stress. A previously published theory of stress is reviewed. The stress circuit runs from the hippocampus to the amygdala to the dorsal raphe nucleus to the entorhinal cortex and back to the hippocampus. Cell loss in the dentate is central to the pathophysiology of both chronic stress and TLE, which establish a "vicious circle" relationship with one another. Once it is grasped that TLE is a disease of resonators and that all seizures in TLE are triggered, then it makes sense to address the major recognized trigger, which is stress. New therapeutic ideas for decreasing seizure frequency in TLE include the use of anti-depressants, ethosuximide (which blocks firing in the dorsal raphe nucleus), and mood-stabilizers (which block firing in the entorhinal cortex). The latter category includes several recognized anti-epileptic drugs. Drugs from all three categories should be used simultaneously and on an empirical basis in each patient.

  14. Renal Stone Associated with the Ketogenic Diet in a 5-Year Old Girl with Intractable Epilepsy

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    Choi, Ji Na; Song, Ji Eun; Shin, Jae Il; Kim, Heung Dong; Kim, Myung Joon; Lee, Jae Seung

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we report on a 5-year-old girl who developed a renal stone while following the ketogenic diet to treat refractory seizure disorder. Three months after initiating the ketogenic diet, she developed severe abdominal pain and vomiting. The spot urine calcium-to-creatinine (Ca/Cr) ratio and 24-hour urine evaluation showed hypercalciuria. Computed tomography (CT) imaging revealed a stone in the right ureteropelvic junction, resulting in hydronephrosis of the right kidney. The renal s...

  15. EPILEPSIES WITH PYREXIAL REMISSIONS

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    L. V. Shalkevich

    2014-01-01

    The course of epilepsies with reducing of number and severity of seizures due to increase of body temperature is described. There are 14 children with these epilepsy features are made as an example. Possible mechanisms of this process are assumed. The different mechanism of hyperthermia action on febrile seizures, Dravet syndrome, generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus are discussed. The main features ofepilepsies with pyrexial remissions are circumscribed with their rate. Possible h...

  16. Epilepsy: Indian perspective

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available There are 50 million people living with epilepsy worldwide, and most of them reside in developing countries. About 10 million persons with epilepsy are there in India. Many people with active epilepsy do not receive appropriate treatment for their condition, leading to large treatment gap. The lack of knowledge of antiepileptic drugs, poverty, cultural beliefs, stigma, poor health infrastructure, and shortage of trained professionals contribute for the treatment gap. Infectious diseases play an important role in seizures and long-term burden causing both new-onset epilepsy and status epilepticus. Proper education and appropriate health care services can make tremendous change in a country like India. There have been many original researches in various aspects of epilepsy across India. Some of the geographically specific epilepsies occur only in certain regions of our country which have been highlighted by authors. Even the pre-surgical evaluation and epilepsy surgery in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy is available in many centers in our country. This article attempts to provide a complete preview of epilepsy in India.

  17. Imaging of the epilepsies

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    Urbach, H. [University of Bonn Medical Center, Department of Radiology/Neuroradiology, Bonn (Germany)

    2005-03-01

    Imaging of epilepsy patients is challenging, since epileptogenic lesions (defined as structural lesions causally related to the epilepsy syndrome) may be small and often do not change during life. Prior clinical information about the epilepsy syndrome and the semiology of the seizures is needed in order to plan the examination properly. The effort to detect an epileptogenic lesion is directed to partial (focal) epilepsy syndromes whereas - by definition - no lesion is identified in idiopathic epilepsies. Most patients with partial epilepsies suffer from mesial temporal lobe epilepsies. In these patients, 2- to 3-mm-thick T2-weighted and fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR) fast spin echo slices along or perpendicular to the temporal lobe length axis have the highest diagnostic efficacy. In contrast, in patients with extratemporal lobe epilepsies perpendicular FLAIR slices through the anatomic region, from which, due to clinical and EEG criteria, the seizures are likely to originate, are preferred. The imaging features of common epileptogenic lesions (hippocampal sclerosis, long-term epilepsy-associated tumours, focal cortical dysplasias, vascular malformations, encephalitis including limbic and Rasmussen's encephalitis, gyral scarring including ulegyria) are detailed in the second section of this paper. (orig.)

  18. Genetic determinants of common epilepsies

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    Møller, Rikke Steensbjerre

    2014-01-01

    and insufficient power. We aimed to identify risk loci through meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies for all epilepsy and the two largest clinical subtypes (genetic generalised epilepsy and focal epilepsy). METHODS: We combined genome-wide association data from 12 cohorts of individuals with epilepsy...... and controls from population-based datasets. Controls were ethnically matched with cases. We phenotyped individuals with epilepsy into categories of genetic generalised epilepsy, focal epilepsy, or unclassified epilepsy. After standardised filtering for quality control and imputation to account for different...... genotyping platforms across sites, investigators at each site conducted a linear mixed-model association analysis for each dataset. Combining summary statistics, we conducted fixed-effects meta-analyses of all epilepsy, focal epilepsy, and genetic generalised epilepsy. We set the genome-wide significance...

  19. Felt and enacted stigma in elderly persons with epilepsy: A qualitative approach.

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    Sleeth, Carolyn; Drake, Kendra; Labiner, David M; Chong, Jenny

    2016-02-01

    Stigma is a common psychological consequence of chronic diseases, including epilepsy; however, little research has been done to determine the effect of stigma on persons with epilepsy, especially the elderly. We interviewed 57 older adults with epilepsy to discover the extent and consequences of, and reasons for, epilepsy-related stigma in their lives. Felt stigma was more frequently reported than enacted stigma, with over 70% having experienced this form of stigma. Participants described ignorance and fear of the disease as the foundation of epilepsy-related stigma. The most common response to stigmatizing events was a decrease in epilepsy disclosure to family or friends. Results from this study could inform interventions designed for elderly persons with epilepsy and their support networks, as well as educational campaigns for the general public.

  20. Hippocampal Changes in Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome (FIRES)

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    Agarwal, Amit; Sabat, Shyamsunder; Thamburaj, Krishnamurthy; Kanekar, Sangam

    2015-01-01

    Summary Background Febrile seizures are the most common seizure disorder in childhood, associated with a significant rise in body temperature. However, post-infectious refractory afebrile form of seizures in previously healthy children is being increasingly recognized in around the world, which evolves into a chronic refractory form of epilepsy. The term ‘Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome’ (FIRES) has been proposed for these conditions and represents a refractory severe post-infecti...

  1. Role of Inflammatory Mediators in the Pathogenesis of Epilepsy

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    Tadayuki Shimada; Takako Takemiya; Hiroko Sugiura; Kanato Yamagata

    2014-01-01

    Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic brain disorders worldwide, affecting 1% of people across different ages and backgrounds. Epilepsy is defined as the sporadic occurrence of spontaneous recurrent seizures. Accumulating preclinical and clinical evidence suggest that there is a positive feedback cycle between epileptogenesis and brain inflammation. Epileptic seizures increase key inflammatory mediators, which in turn cause secondary damage to the brain and increase the likelihood of rec...

  2. Epilepsy in Ireland: Towards the primary-tertiary care continuum

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    Grimson, Jane; Normand, Charles; COYNE, IMELDA

    2010-01-01

    PUBLISHED Background Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disease affecting people of every age, gender, race and socio-economic background. The diagnosis and optimal management relies on contribution from a number of healthcare disciplines in a variety of healthcare settings. Objective To explore the interface between primary care and specialist epilepsy services in Ireland. Methods Using appreciative inquiry, focus groups were held with healthcare professionals (n = 33) f...

  3. Clinical characteristics of 41 patients with intractable asthma

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    Bai, Li; Zhang, Xu-Sheng; Wang, Bin; Xiao-ming CHENG; Zhang, Qiao; Hua-ping CHEN; Ma, Qian-li; Zou, Li-Guang; Wang, Chang-Zheng

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    Objective To explore the clinical characteristics of intractable asthma,and to provide new knowledge for diagnosis and treatment of the disease.Methods Forty one patients with intractable asthma,admitted to the Institute of Respiratory Disease,Xinqiao Hospital of Third Military Medical University from Jan.2009 to Dec.2010,were included in present study.Spirometry tests were performed for all the 41 patients.Cell classification and counting were done in the induced sputum of 37 patients,and 34...

  4. Zonisamide Efficacy as Adjunctive Therapy in Children With Refractory Epilepsy

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    Parvaneh KARIMZADEH

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available How to Cite This Article: Karimzadeh P, Ashrafi MR, Bakhshandeh Bali MK, Nasehi MM, Taheri Otaghsara SM, Taghdiri MM, Ghofrani M. ZonisamideEfficacy as Adjunctive Therapy in Children With Refractory Epilepsy. Iran J Child Neurol. 2013 Spring; 7(2:37-42.ObjectiveApproximately one third of epileptic children do not achieve complete seizure improvement. Zonisamide is a new antiepileptic drug which is effective as adjunctive therapy in treatment of intractable partial seizures.The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of Zonisamide in epileptic children.Materials & MethodsFrom November 2011 until October 2012, 68 children who referred to Children’s Medical Center and Mofid Children Hospital due to refractory epilepsy (failure of seizure control with the use of two or more anticonvulsant drugs entered the study. The patients were treated with Zonisamide by dose of 2- 12 mg/kg daily in addition to the previous medication. We followed the children every three to four-weeks intervals based on daily frequency, severity and duration of seizures. During the follow-up equal and more than fifty percent reduction in seizurefrequency or severity known as response to the drug.ResultsIn this study 68 patients were examined that 61 children reached the last stage.35 (57.4% were male and 26 (42.6% patients were female.After first and six months of Zonisamide administration daily seizure frequency decreased to 2.95±3.54 and 3.73±3.5 respectively. There was significant difference between seizure frequency in first and six month after Zonisamide toward initial attacks. After six months ZNS therapy a little side effects were created in 10 patients (16.4% including stuttering(4.9%, decreased appetite (4.9%, hallucination (1.6%, dizziness(1.6%, blurred vision(1.6% and suspiring(1.6% as all of them eliminated later dosage reduction.ConclusionThis study confirms the short term efficacy and safety of Zonisamide in

  5. Epilepsi og orale manifestationer

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    Jacobsen, Pernille Endrup; Haubek, Dorte; Østergaard, John Rosendahl

    2016-01-01

    Risiko for sygdom I mundhulen hos patienter med epilepsy Epilepsi er en kronisk neurologisk lidelse, der ofte vil kræve medicinsk behandling for at holde patienterne fri for anfald. Lidelsen kan have betydning for patientens psykosociale og kognitive udvikling, der indirekte kan have betydning for...

  6. Common pediatric epilepsy syndromes.

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    Park, Jun T; Shahid, Asim M; Jammoul, Adham

    2015-02-01

    Benign rolandic epilepsy (BRE), childhood idiopathic occipital epilepsy (CIOE), childhood absence epilepsy (CAE), and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) are some of the common epilepsy syndromes in the pediatric age group. Among the four, BRE is the most commonly encountered. BRE remits by age 16 years with many children requiring no treatment. Seizures in CAE also remit at the rate of approximately 80%; whereas, JME is considered a lifelong condition even with the use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Neonates and infants may also present with seizures that are self-limited with no associated psychomotor disturbances. Benign familial neonatal convulsions caused by a channelopathy, and inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, have a favorable outcome with spontaneous resolution. Benign idiopathic neonatal seizures, also referred to as "fifth-day fits," are an example of another epilepsy syndrome in infants that carries a good prognosis. BRE, CIOE, benign familial neonatal convulsions, benign idiopathic neonatal seizures, and benign myoclonic epilepsy in infancy are characterized as "benign" idiopathic age-related epilepsies as they have favorable implications, no structural brain abnormality, are sensitive to AEDs, have a high remission rate, and have no associated psychomotor disturbances. However, sometimes selected patients may have associated comorbidities such as cognitive and language delay for which the term "benign" may not be appropriate.

  7. Epilepsy in Chinese culture.

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    Lee, T M; Yang, S H; Ng, P K

    2001-01-01

    This article reviewed the meaning and development of epilepsy in Chinese culture. The theories of Yin and Yang and the five elements, fundamentals of traditional Chinese medicine, were introduced, which form the context of understanding of the etiology, classification, and treatment of epilepsy in traditional Chinese medicine. PMID:11321477

  8. Relevance of the Glutathione System in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Evidence in Human and Experimental Models

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    Noemí Cárdenas-Rodríguez; Elvia Coballase-Urrutia; Claudia Pérez-Cruz; Hortencia Montesinos-Correa; Liliana Rivera-Espinosa; Aristides Sampieri; Liliana Carmona-Aparicio

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    Oxidative stress, which is a state of imbalance in the production of reactive oxygen species and nitrogen, is induced by a wide variety of factors. This biochemical state is associated with diseases that are systemic as well as diseases that affect the central nervous system. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder, and temporal lobe epilepsy represents an estimated 40% of all epilepsy cases. Currently, evidence from human and experimental models supports the involvement of oxidative stre...

  9. Epilepsy treatment and creativity.

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    Zubkov, Sarah; Friedman, Daniel

    2016-04-01

    Creativity can be defined as the ability to understand, develop, and express, in a systematic fashion, novel orderly relationships. It is sometimes difficult to separate cognitive skills requisite for the creative process from the drive that generates unique new ideas and associations. Epilepsy itself may affect the creative process. The treatment of epilepsy and its comorbidities, by altering or disrupting the same neural networks through antiseizure drugs (ASDs), treatment of epilepsy comorbidities, ablative surgery, or neurostimulation may also affect creativity. In this review, we discuss the potential mechanisms by which treatment can influence the creative process and review the literature on the consequences of therapy on different aspects of creativity in people with epilepsy. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Epilepsy, Art, and Creativity". PMID:26831642

  10. Rational management of epilepsy.

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    Viswanathan, Venkataraman

    2014-09-01

    Management of epilepsies in children has improved considerably over the last decade, all over the world due to the advances seen in the understanding of the patho-physiology of epileptogenesis, availability of both structural and functional imaging studies along with better quality EEG/video-EEG recordings and the availability of a plethora of newer anti-epileptic drugs which are tailormade to act on specific pathways. In spite of this, there is still a long way to go before one is able to be absolutely rational about which drug to use for which type of epilepsy. There have been a lot of advances in the area of epilepsy surgery and is certainly gaining ground for specific cases. Better understanding of the genetic basis of epilepsies will hopefully lead to a more rational treatment plan in the future. Also, a lot of work needs to be done to dispel various misunderstandings and myths about epilepsy which still exists in our country.

  11. ADHD in idiopathic epilepsy

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    Marcos H. C. Duran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Our aim was to clarify the correlation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD with epilepsy and behavior problems. This was a cross-sectional study. Sixty children with idiopathic epilepsy were interviewed using the MTA-SNAP IV Teacher and Parent Rating Scale, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales and Conners’ Rating Scales. We used the chi-square test to analyze the correlation of epilepsy variables in patients with and without ADHD with a significance level of 0.05. Eight patients had ADHD symptoms (13%, seven had the inattentive ADHD subtype and only three had behavioral problems. When epileptic patients with and without ADHD symptoms were compared we found no significant difference in regard to epilepsy variables. All patients were controlled and 43% were either without AED or undergoing withdrawal. Our study revealed a low comorbidity of ADHD symptoms and epilepsy due to low interference of seizures and drug treatment on the comorbid condition.

  12. Epilepsy treatment and creativity.

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    Zubkov, Sarah; Friedman, Daniel

    2016-04-01

    Creativity can be defined as the ability to understand, develop, and express, in a systematic fashion, novel orderly relationships. It is sometimes difficult to separate cognitive skills requisite for the creative process from the drive that generates unique new ideas and associations. Epilepsy itself may affect the creative process. The treatment of epilepsy and its comorbidities, by altering or disrupting the same neural networks through antiseizure drugs (ASDs), treatment of epilepsy comorbidities, ablative surgery, or neurostimulation may also affect creativity. In this review, we discuss the potential mechanisms by which treatment can influence the creative process and review the literature on the consequences of therapy on different aspects of creativity in people with epilepsy. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Epilepsy, Art, and Creativity".

  13. Multimodality Data Integration in Epilepsy

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    Otto Muzik

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available An important goal of software development in the medical field is the design of methods which are able to integrate information obtained from various imaging and nonimaging modalities into a cohesive framework in order to understand the results of qualitatively different measurements in a larger context. Moreover, it is essential to assess the various features of the data quantitatively so that relationships in anatomical and functional domains between complementing modalities can be expressed mathematically. This paper presents a clinically feasible software environment for the quantitative assessment of the relationship among biochemical functions as assessed by PET imaging and electrophysiological parameters derived from intracranial EEG. Based on the developed software tools, quantitative results obtained from individual modalities can be merged into a data structure allowing a consistent framework for advanced data mining techniques and 3D visualization. Moreover, an effort was made to derive quantitative variables (such as the spatial proximity index, SPI characterizing the relationship between complementing modalities on a more generic level as a prerequisite for efficient data mining strategies. We describe the implementation of this software environment in twelve children (mean age 5.2±4.3 years with medically intractable partial epilepsy who underwent both high-resolution structural MR and functional PET imaging. Our experiments demonstrate that our approach will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms of epileptogenesis and might ultimately have an impact on treatment. Moreover, our software environment holds promise to be useful in many other neurological disorders, where integration of multimodality data is crucial for a better understanding of the underlying disease mechanisms.

  14. Role of biologics in intractable urticaria

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    Full Text Available Andrew Cooke,1 Adeeb Bulkhi,1,2 Thomas B Casale1 1Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA; 2Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia Abstract: Chronic urticaria (CU is a common condition faced by many clinicians. CU has been estimated to affect approximately 0.5%–1% of the population, with nearly 20% of sufferers remaining symptomatic 20 years after onset. Antihistamines are the first-line therapy for CU. Unfortunately, nearly half of these patients will fail this first-line therapy and require other medication, including immune response modifiers or biologics. Recent advances in our understanding of urticarial disorders have led to more targeted therapeutic options for CU and other urticarial diseases. The specific biologic agents most investigated for antihistamine-refractory CU are omalizumab, rituximab, and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG. Of these, the anti-IgE monoclonal antibody omalizumab is the best studied, and has recently been approved for the management of CU. Other agents, such as interleukin-1 inhibitors, have proved beneficial for Schnitzler syndrome and cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS, diseases associated with urticaria. This review summarizes the relevant data regarding the efficacy of biologics in antihistamine-refractory CU. Keywords: chronic urticaria, omalizumab, intravenous immunoglobulin, anakinra, canakinumab

  15. Magnetic resonance imaging in 120 patients with intractable partial seizures: a preoperative assessment

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    Lefkopoulos, A.; Haritanti, A.; Papadopoulou, E.; Karanikolas, D.; Fotiadis, N.; Dimitriadis, A.S. [AHEPA University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Thessaloniki (Greece)

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    The aim of this study was to describe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in patients with medically intractable epilepsy and to compare different magnetic resonance (MR) sequences in order to establish a dedicated and shorter scan time imaging protocol of choice. One hundred and twenty patients with seizures that were refractory to medical treatment were assessed by MRI with spin-echo (SE) T1, fast spin-echo (FSE) T2, fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR), inversion recovery (IR) and contrast-enhanced T1 SE sequences. Pathological scans were acquired in 78 patients. Hippocampal sclerosis was detected in 30 patients (25%), cerebral, tumoral, mass lesions in 12 patients (10%), vascular malformations in nine patients (7.5%), cortical infarcts in eight patients (6.7%), cerebral infections in four patients (4.2%) and developmental disorders in 15 patients (12.5%). The most common location of the lesions was the temporal lobe (60%). Coronal, thin (slice thickness 4-5 mm) images have proven to be the most useful in the assessment of the hippocampus. FLAIR and IR are particularly useful in the detection of lesions abutting cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) spaces and developmental disorders, respectively, while T1 SE sequences before and after the intravenous administration of gadolinium offer great facility in identifying space-occupying lesions and infections. MRI is the most important diagnostic tool for the assessment of epileptogenic foci, thus playing the primary role in indicating the type of treatment to be applied. (orig.)

  16. Awakening epilepsy ('Aufwach-Epilepsie') revisited.

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    Niedermeyer, E

    1991-01-01

    The concept of 'awakening epilepsy' (introduced by Janz, 1953) occupies a crucial position for the comprehension of primary generalized epilepsy. The associated electroencephalographic manifestations are discussed and the role of abnormal (paroxysmal) arousal responses ('dyshormia') is stressed. The origin of these bilateral-synchronous discharges appears to be located below the frontal midline scalp region in mesial portions of the supplementary motor region. 'Awakening epilepsy' is also interesting from the viewpoint of sleep research. There is also an important age factor; these seizures (mostly grand mal and classical petit mal absences) are most common in older children, adolescents and young adults. The general management of these patients has to take into account the patient's special vulnerability after a night of poor sleep.

  17. Family communication in the context of pediatric epilepsy: A systematic review.

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    O'Toole, S; Benson, A; Lambert, V; Gallagher, P; Shahwan, A; Austin, J K

    2015-10-01

    In childhood chronic illness, family communication can impact the child's and parents' psychosocial well-being. However, little is known about family communication in the context of epilepsy in childhood. The aim of this systematic review was to identify the existing evidence available on communication strategies adopted by families living with childhood epilepsy, including; the facilitators, barriers and challenges experienced by families when choosing to communicate, or not, about epilepsy; and the consequences of this communication. Papers published in the English language prior to March 2015 were identified following a search of six electronic databases: PubMed, MEDLINE, Web of Science, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and Scopus. Studies were included if they involved a sample of parents of children with epilepsy or children/young people with epilepsy (0-18years of age) and used qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. Following a comprehensive search and screening process, 26 studies were identified as eligible for inclusion in the review. No studies identified specific communication strategies adopted by families living with childhood epilepsy. Some studies found that talking about epilepsy with family members had positive consequences (e.g., communication as an effective coping strategy), with no negative consequences reported in any of the studies. The main barrier to communication for parents was an unwillingness to use the word "epilepsy" because of the perceived negative social connotations associated with the health condition. For children with epilepsy, barriers were as follows: parental desire to keep epilepsy a secret, parents' tendency to deny that the child had epilepsy, parental overprotection, and parents' tendency to impose greater restrictions on the child with epilepsy than on siblings without epilepsy. Future research investigating the communication strategies of families living with epilepsy is needed in order to create effective communication

  18. Ketogenic Diet: An Early Option for Epilepsy Treatment, Instead of A Last Choice Only

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    Huei-Shyong Wang

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Ketogenic diet (KD was usually tried as a last resort in the treatment of intractable epilepsy after failure of many antiepileptics and even epilepsy surgery. Glucose transporter-1 deficiency and pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency must be treated with KD as the first choice because of inborn errors of glucose metabolism. Infantile spasms, tuberous sclerosis complex, Rett syndrome, Doose syndrome, Dravet syndrome, etc., appear to respond to KD, and it has been suggested by the international consensus statement to use KD early. We believe that all patients with epilepsy, except those with contraindicated situations such as pyruvate carboxylase deficiency, porphyria, β-oxidation defects, primary carnitine deficiency, etc., may try KD before trying other regimens.

  19. Saccadic Eye Movement Abnormalities in Children with Epilepsy.

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    Lunn, Judith; Donovan, Tim; Litchfield, Damien; Lewis, Charlie; Davies, Robert; Crawford, Trevor

    2016-01-01

    Childhood onset epilepsy is associated with disrupted developmental integration of sensorimotor and cognitive functions that contribute to persistent neurobehavioural comorbidities. The role of epilepsy and its treatment on the development of functional integration of motor and cognitive domains is unclear. Oculomotor tasks can probe neurophysiological and neurocognitive mechanisms vulnerable to developmental disruptions by epilepsy-related factors. The study involved 26 patients and 48 typically developing children aged 8-18 years old who performed a prosaccade and an antisaccade task. Analyses compared medicated chronic epilepsy patients and unmedicated controlled epilepsy patients to healthy control children on saccade latency, accuracy and dynamics, errors and correction rate, and express saccades. Patients with medicated chronic epilepsy had impaired and more variable processing speed, reduced accuracy, increased peak velocity and a greater number of inhibitory errors, younger unmedicated patients also showed deficits in error monitoring. Deficits were related to reported behavioural problems in patients. Epilepsy factors were significant predictors of oculomotor functions. An earlier age at onset predicted reduced latency of prosaccades and increased express saccades, and the typical relationship between express saccades and inhibitory errors was absent in chronic patients, indicating a persistent reduction in tonic cortical inhibition and aberrant cortical connectivity. In contrast, onset in later childhood predicted altered antisaccade dynamics indicating disrupted neurotransmission in frontoparietal and oculomotor networks with greater demand on inhibitory control. The observed saccadic abnormalities are consistent with a dysmaturation of subcortical-cortical functional connectivity and aberrant neurotransmission. Eye movements could be used to monitor the impact of epilepsy on neurocognitive development and help assess the risk for poor neurobehavioural

  20. Animal models of epilepsy: use and limitations

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    Kandratavicius L; Balista PA; Lopes-Aguiar C; Ruggiero RN; Umeoka EH; Garcia-Cairasco N.; Bueno-Junior LS; Leite JP

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    Ludmyla Kandratavicius,1 Priscila Alves Balista,1 Cleiton Lopes-Aguiar,1 Rafael Naime Ruggiero,1 Eduardo Henrique Umeoka,2 Norberto Garcia-Cairasco,2 Lezio Soares Bueno-Junior,1 Joao Pereira Leite11Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, 2Department of Physiology, Ribeirao Preto School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, BrazilAbstract: Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures that affects millions of people worldwide. Comprehension ...

  1. Monotherapy for partial epilepsy: focus on levetiracetam

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    Antonio Gambardella

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Antonio Gambardella1,2, Angelo Labate1,2, Eleonora Colosimo1, Roberta Ambrosio1, Aldo Quattrone1,21Institute of Neurology, University Magna Græcia, Catanzaro, Italy; 2Institute of Neurological Sciences, National Research Council, Piano Lago di Mangone, Cosenza, ItalyAbstract: Levetiracetam (LEV, the S-enantiomer of alpha-ethyl-2-oxo-1-pyrollidine acetamide, is a recently licensed antiepileptic drug (AED for adjunctive therapy of partial seizures. Its mechanism of action is uncertain but it exhibits a unique profile of anticonvulsant activity in models of chronic epilepsy. Five randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials enrolling adult or pediatric patients with refractory partial epilepsy have demonstrated the efficacy of LEV as adjunctive therapy, with a responder rate (≥50% reduction in seizure frequency of 28%–45%. Long-term efficacy studies suggest retention rates of 60% after one year, with 13% of patients seizure-free for 6 months of the study and 8% seizure-free for 1 year. More recent studies illustrated successful conversion to monotherapy in patients with refractory epilepsy, and its effectiveness as a single agent in partial epilepsy. LEV has also efficacy in generalized epilepsies. Adverse effects of LEV, including somnolence, lethargy, and dizziness, are generally mild and their occurrence rate seems to be not significantly different from that observed in placebo groups. LEV also has no clinically significant pharmacokinetic interactions with other AEDs, or with commonly prescribed medications. The combination of effective antiepileptic properties with a relatively mild adverse effect profile makes LEV an attractive therapy for partial seizures.Keywords: levetiracetam, partial epilepsy, antiepileptic drugs

  2. Epilepsy is Dancing.

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    Tuft, Mia; Gjelsvik, Bergljot; Nakken, Karl O

    2015-10-01

    In "Epilepsy is Dancing", in Antony and the Johnsons' album "The Crying Light"(2009), the lyrics and accompanying music video depicts an epileptic seizure in which the person is transferred to another beautiful and magical world. This may be called "enchanted epilepsy"; i.e., the experience of epilepsy as deeply nourishing and (positively) transforming, is conveyed not only in the lyrics but also the visual and auditory qualities of the video. The seizure in the video gives associations to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's dream". If epilepsy appears in music lyrics, the focus is mostly on negative aspects of the illness, such as horror, fear and repulsive sexuality associated with the fits [1,2]. Contradictory to these lyrics, Anthony and the Johnsons' song is an example of a positive portrayal of epilepsy. It is open to a multitude of meanings, emotional valence and appraisal of epilepsy. By widening the experiential range associated with epileptic seizures, these lyrics highlight the inherently construed nature of epileptic experience. The song stands out in several ways. First, it describes epilepsy in positive terms, prioritising the euphoric, ecstatic, potentially empowering and enhancing aspects of epileptic seizures. Second, the lyrics and accompanying video point to divine experiences associated with epileptic seizures. Through the lyrics and the music video we are, as an audience, able to sense a snicket of an epileptic seizure, but also the universal experience of loosing control. PMID:26398488

  3. Epilepsy is Dancing.

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    Tuft, Mia; Gjelsvik, Bergljot; Nakken, Karl O

    2015-10-01

    In "Epilepsy is Dancing", in Antony and the Johnsons' album "The Crying Light"(2009), the lyrics and accompanying music video depicts an epileptic seizure in which the person is transferred to another beautiful and magical world. This may be called "enchanted epilepsy"; i.e., the experience of epilepsy as deeply nourishing and (positively) transforming, is conveyed not only in the lyrics but also the visual and auditory qualities of the video. The seizure in the video gives associations to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's dream". If epilepsy appears in music lyrics, the focus is mostly on negative aspects of the illness, such as horror, fear and repulsive sexuality associated with the fits [1,2]. Contradictory to these lyrics, Anthony and the Johnsons' song is an example of a positive portrayal of epilepsy. It is open to a multitude of meanings, emotional valence and appraisal of epilepsy. By widening the experiential range associated with epileptic seizures, these lyrics highlight the inherently construed nature of epileptic experience. The song stands out in several ways. First, it describes epilepsy in positive terms, prioritising the euphoric, ecstatic, potentially empowering and enhancing aspects of epileptic seizures. Second, the lyrics and accompanying video point to divine experiences associated with epileptic seizures. Through the lyrics and the music video we are, as an audience, able to sense a snicket of an epileptic seizure, but also the universal experience of loosing control.

  4. Experimental models of epilepsy

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    Stanojlović Olivera P.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction An epileptic seizure is a clinical event and epilepsy is rather a group of symptoms than a disease. The main features all epilepsies have in common include: spontaneous occurrence, repetitiveness, and ictal correlation within the EEG. Epilepsies are manifested with distinct EEG changes, requiring exact clinical definition and consequential treatment. Current data show that 1% of the world's population (approximately 50 million people suffers from epilepsy, with 25% of patients being refractory to therapy and requiring search for new substances in order to decrease EEG and behavioral manifestations of epilepsies. Material and methods In regard to discovery and testing of anticonvulsant substances the best results were achieved by implementation of experi- mental models. Animal models of epilepsy are useful in acquiring basic knowledge regarding pathogenesis, neurotransmitters (glutamate, receptors (NMDA/AMPA/kainate, propagation of epileptic seizures and preclinical assessment of antiepileptics (competitive and non-competitive NMDA antagonists. Results and conclusions In our lab, we have developed a pharmacologic model of a (metaphit, NMDA and remacemide-cilastatin generalized, reflex, and audiogenic epilepsy. The model is suitable for testing various anticonvulsant substances (e.g. APH, APV, CPP, Mk-801 and potential antiepileptics (e.g. DSIP, its tetra- and octaanalogues.

  5. Prenatal and Family Risks of Children Born to Mothers with Epilepsy: Effects on Cognitive Development

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    Titze, Karl; Koch, Sabine; Helge, Hans; Lehmkuhl, Ulrike; Rauh, Hellgard; Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph

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    The offspring of mothers with epilepsy are considered to be at developmental risk during pregnancy from: (1) generalized maternal seizures (hypoxia); (2) teratogenicity of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs); and (3) adverse socio-familial conditions associated with having a chronically sick mother. Sixty-seven children of mothers with epilepsy and 49…

  6. Planning Ahead Can Save the Life of a Child with Epilepsy

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    Apel, Laura; Hollingsworth, Jan Carter

    2008-01-01

    Three million Americans have epilepsy, a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent epileptic seizures unprovoked by any known cause. Those at risk for epilepsy include individuals with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, stroke, major head trauma, central nervous system (CNS) hemorrhage, CNS infection, dementia, and brain…

  7. Study on hippocampal volume with quantitative 3T magnetic resonance imaging in Chinese patients with epilepsy

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    GAO Mei-chun; LU Qin-chi; LI Yan-sheng; SHEN Jia-lin

    2012-01-01

    Background It was still rare for the quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research of regional changes in hippocampus sclerosis (HS) in Chinese patients with epilepsy.This study aimed to study the hippocampal volumes (HVs)with quantitative MRI measurement in Chinese patients with epilepsy.Methods Forty-six Chinese patients with epilepsy (intractable epilepsy (IE),n=21; non-intractable epilepsy (NIE),n=25)and 25 normal controls were collected between July 2007 and March 2008.All of the subjects underwent a 3T high-resolution MRI with oblique coronal thin sections oriented perpendicular to the hippocampal long axis.Hippocampal structures were assessed by visual detection,and HVs were quantitatively studied with a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).Results Our study suggested that there was no significant difference in gender (P >0.05) while the right hippocampal head volume (HHV),hippocampal body volume (HBV),and the whole hippocampal volume (HCV) were greater than the left one (P <0.05),but no significant difference was found in bilateral hippocampal tail volume (HTV) (P >0.05) in normal controls.That unilateral/diffuse (64%/21%) and bilateral/focal (86%/20%) hippocampal atrophy (HA)were significant in IE and NIE patients,respectively.Anterior hippocampus,especially HHV (26% in IE and 20% in NIE) and HBV (29% in IE and 12% in NIE),had more significant atrophy than the HTV (5% in IE and 0% in NIE) in patients with epilepsy.Conclusion By assessing the volumes of the regional hippocampus with 3T MRI,we could better define the range and distribution of HS,since regional or subtle changes in HVs could be detected earlier with 3T MRI.

  8. Changes in hippocampal volume are correlated with cell loss but not with seizure frequency in two chronic models of temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Roberson Saraiva Polli

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    Full Text Available Kainic acid (KA or pilocarpine (PILO have been used in rats to model human temporal lobe epilepsy but the distribution and severity of structural lesions between these two models may differ. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI studies have used quantitative measurements of hippocampal T2 (T2HP relaxation time and volume, but simultaneous comparative results have not been reported yet. The aim of this study was to compare the MRI T2HP and volume with histological data and frequency of seizures in both models. KA- and PILO-treated rats were imaged with a 2T MRI scanner. T2HP and volume values were correlated with the number of cells, mossy fiber sprouting and SRS frequency over the 9 months following SE. Compared to controls, KA-treated rats had unaltered T2HP, pronounced reduction in hippocampal volume and concomitant cell reduction in granule cell layer, CA1 and CA3 at 3 months post SE. In contrast, hippocampal volume was unchanged in PILO-treated animals despite detectable increased T2HP and cell loss in granule cell layer, CA1 and CA3. In the following 6 months, MRI hippocampal volume remained stable with increase of T2HP signal in the KA-treated group. The number of CA1 and CA3 cells was smaller than age-matched CTL group. In contrast, PILO group had MRI volumetric reduction accompanied by reduction in the number of CA1 and CA3 cells. In this group, T2HP signal was unaltered at 6 or 9 months after status. Reductions in the number of cells were not progressive in both models. Notably, the SRS frequency was higher in PILO than in the KA model. The volumetry data correlated well with tissue damage in the epileptic brain, suggesting that MRI may be useful for tracking longitudinal hippocampal changes, allowing the assessment of individual variability and disease progression. Our results indicate that the temporal changes in hippocampal morphology are distinct for both models of TLE and that these are not significantly correlated to the frequency of

  9. EPILEPSIES WITH PYREXIAL REMISSIONS

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    L. V. Shalkevich

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    Full Text Available The course of epilepsies with reducing of number and severity of seizures due to increase of body temperature is described. There are 14 children with these epilepsy features are made as an example. Possible mechanisms of this process are assumed. The different mechanism of hyperthermia action on febrile seizures, Dravet syndrome, generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus are discussed. The main features ofepilepsies with pyrexial remissions are circumscribed with their rate. Possible hereditary factors of SCN1A mutations are supposed.

  10. Managing information well: Toward an ontology-driven informatics platform for data sharing and secondary use in epilepsy self-management research centers.

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    Sahoo, Satya S; Zhang, Guo-Qiang; Bamps, Yvan; Fraser, Robert; Stoll, Shelley; Lhatoo, Samden D; Tatsuoka, Curtis; Sams, Johnny; Welter, Elisabeth; Sajatovic, Martha

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    Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that requires active self-management to reduce personal and population burden. The Managing Epilepsy Well Network, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducts research on epilepsy self-management. There is an urgent need to develop an integrated informatics platform to maximize the secondary use of existing Managing Epilepsy Well Network data. We have implemented multiple steps to develop an informatics platform, including: (a) a survey of existing outcome data, (b) identification of common data elements, and (c) an integrated database using an epilepsy domain ontology to reconcile data heterogeneity. The informatics platform enables assessment of epilepsy self-management samples by site and in aggregate to support data interpretations for clinical care and ongoing epilepsy self-management research. The Managing Epilepsy Well informatics platform is expected to help advance epilepsy self-management, improve health outcomes, and has potential application in other thematic research networks. PMID:25769938

  11. Genetics Home Reference: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

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    ... Home Health Conditions juvenile myoclonic epilepsy juvenile myoclonic epilepsy Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse boxes. ... PDF Open All Close All Description Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is a condition characterized by recurrent seizures (epilepsy). ...

  12. Certification of deaths attributable to epilepsy

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    Langan, Y.; Nashef, L; Sander, J

    2002-01-01

    Methods: All 1997 death entries mentioning epilepsy as a cause of death in those 16–50 years were examined and classified as sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), other epilepsy related deaths, or non-epilepsy deaths.

  13. Reversible antisocial behavior in ventromedial prefrontal lobe epilepsy.

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    Trebuchon, Agnès; Bartolomei, Fabrice; McGonigal, Aileen; Laguitton, Virginie; Chauvel, Patrick

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    Frontal lobe dysfunction is known to be associated with impairment in social behavior. We investigated the link between severe pharmacoresistant frontal lobe epilepsy and antisocial trait. We studied four patients with pharmacoresistant epilepsy involving the prefrontal cortex, presenting abnormal interictal social behavior. Noninvasive investigations (video-EEG, PET, MRI) and intracerebral recording (stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG)) were performed as part of a presurgical assessment. Comprehensive psychiatric and cognitive evaluation was performed pre- and postoperatively for frontal lobe epilepsy, with at least 7years of follow-up. All patients shared a characteristic epilepsy pattern: (1) chronic severe prefrontal epilepsy with daily seizures and (2) an epileptogenic zone as defined by intracerebral recording involving the anterior cingulate cortex, ventromedial PFC, and the posterior part of the orbitofrontal cortex, with early propagation to contralateral prefrontal and ipsilateral medial temporal structures. All patients fulfilled the diagnostic criteria (DSM-IV) of antisocial personality disorder, which proved to be reversible following seizure control. Pharmacoresistant epilepsy involving a prefrontal network is associated with antisocial personality. We hypothesize that the occurrence of frequent seizures in this region over a prolonged period produces functional damage leading to impaired prefrontal control of social behavior. This functional damage is reversible since successful epilepsy surgery markedly improved antisocial behavior in these patients. The results are in line with previous reports of impairment of social and moral behavior following ventromedial frontal lobe injury.

  14. Treatment for intractable anemia with the traditional Chinese medicines Hominis Placenta and Cervi Cornus Colla (deer antler glue

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    Yasuyo Hijikata

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    Full Text Available Yasuyo Hijikata1, Takashi Kano2, Lu Xi31Toyodo Hijikata Clinic, Osaka, Japan; 2Kano Clinic, Osaka city, Osaka, Japan; 3Traditional Chinese Medicine Institute, Si-chuan Province, ChinaObjective: Intractable anemia, such as aplastic anemia or that presumably associated with chronic herpes virus infections, sometimes require bone marrow transplant. We investigated the use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM for the treatment of intractable anemia. Method: Placenta Hominis (PH, steam boiled and roasted, and Cervi Cornus Colla (deer antler glue has been used in China for hundreds of years to treat anemia. After consent was obtained, we prescribed these two materials for a 74-year-old female with aplastic anemia and a 26-year-old male with presumably a virus-induced anemia. Concomitant conventional therapy was continued in both patients as prescribed by their respective attending physicians. Conclusion: Conventional therapy with steroid hormones, immunosuppressive drugs, platelet and erythrocyte transfusions were not effective in these patients. In addition, both patients suffered from serious side effects. In two patients, ingestion of Placenta Hominis and Cervi Cornus Colla with TCM prescriptions increased the platelet and enhanced the hemoglobin concentration in several months of therapy accompanied by a dramatic improvement in quality of life. The addition to conventional therapy of PH and Cervi Cornus Colla, the latter of which is very easy to obtain, may be one of the potentially advantageous choices in case of otherwise intractable anemia.Keywords: placenta, antler glue, Cervi Cornus Colla, anemia, aplastic anemia

  15. Individual classification of children with epilepsy using support vector machine with multiple indices of diffusion tensor imaging

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    Ishmael Amarreh; Meyerand, Mary E.; Carl Stafstrom; Hermann, Bruce P.; Birn, Rasmus M.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Support vector machines (SVM) have recently been demonstrated to be useful for voxel-based MR image classification. In the present study we sought to evaluate whether this method is feasible in the classification of childhood epilepsy intractability based on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), with adequate accuracy. We applied SVM in conjunction DTI indices of fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), radial diffusivity (RD) and axial diffusivity (AD). DTI studies have rep...

  16. International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force recommendations for a veterinary epilepsy-specific MRI protocol.

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    Rusbridge, Clare; Long, Sam; Jovanovik, Jelena; Milne, Marjorie; Berendt, Mette; Bhatti, Sofie F M; De Risio, Luisa; Farqhuar, Robyn G; Fischer, Andrea; Matiasek, Kaspar; Muñana, Karen; Patterson, Edward E; Pakozdy, Akos; Penderis, Jacques; Platt, Simon; Podell, Michael; Potschka, Heidrun; Stein, Veronika M; Tipold, Andrea; Volk, Holger A

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    Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological diseases in veterinary practice. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is regarded as an important diagnostic test to reach the diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy. However, given that the diagnosis requires the exclusion of other differentials for seizures, the parameters for MRI examination should allow the detection of subtle lesions which may not be obvious with existing techniques. In addition, there are several differentials for idiopathic epilepsy in humans, for example some focal cortical dysplasias, which may only apparent with special sequences, imaging planes and/or particular techniques used in performing the MRI scan. As a result, there is a need to standardize MRI examination in veterinary patients with techniques that reliably diagnose subtle lesions, identify post-seizure changes, and which will allow for future identification of underlying causes of seizures not yet apparent in the veterinary literature.There is a need for a standardized veterinary epilepsy-specific MRI protocol which will facilitate more detailed examination of areas susceptible to generating and perpetuating seizures, is cost efficient, simple to perform and can be adapted for both low and high field scanners. Standardisation of imaging will improve clinical communication and uniformity of case definition between research studies. A 6-7 sequence epilepsy-specific MRI protocol for veterinary patients is proposed and further advanced MR and functional imaging is reviewed.

  17. Evidence-based models of care for people with epilepsy.

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    Fitzsimons, Mary

    2012-02-01

    Advances in medical science and technology, together with improved medical and nursing care, are continuously improving health outcomes in chronic illness, including epilepsy. The consequent increasing diagnostic and therapeutic complexity is placing a burgeoning strain on health care systems. In response, an international move to transform chronic disease management (CDM) aims to optimize the quality and safety of care while containing health care costs. CDM models recommend: integration of care across organizational boundaries that is supported with information and communication technology; patient self-management; and guideline implementation to promote standardized care. Evidence of the effectiveness of CDM models in epilepsy care is presented in this review article.

  18. Memory Functioning in Children with Epilepsy: Frontal Lobe Epilepsy, Childhood Absence Epilepsy, and Benign Epilepsy with Centrotemporal Spikes

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    Ana Filipa Lopes

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Specific cognitive deficits have been identified in children with epilepsy irrespective of results on intelligence tests. Memory deficits are traditionally attributed to temporal lobe epilepsy, whereas the impact of frontal lobe epilepsy on memory functions has remained controversial. The aim of this study was the examination of memory abilities in other childhood common epilepsy syndromes (frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE, childhood absence epilepsy (CAE, and benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS and the influence of epilepsy-related variables. Memory was examined in 90 children with epilepsy (each epilepsy group consisted of 30 children, aged 6–15, and compared with 30 control children. Children with FLE showed significant deficits in verbal and visual memory. In addition, type of epilepsy, earlier age at epilepsy onset, and longer active duration of epilepsy were associated with memory problems. Seizure frequency and treatment, however, did not influence memory performance. This study indicates that children with FLE show greater risk of developing memory deficits than children with CAE or BECTS, thus highlighting the importance of assessing also memory functions in frontal lobe epilepsy.

  19. Memory functioning in children with epilepsy: frontal lobe epilepsy, childhood absence epilepsy, and benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes.

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    Lopes, Ana Filipa; Monteiro, José Paulo; Fonseca, Maria José; Robalo, Conceição; Simões, Mário Rodrigues

    2014-01-01

    Specific cognitive deficits have been identified in children with epilepsy irrespective of results on intelligence tests. Memory deficits are traditionally attributed to temporal lobe epilepsy, whereas the impact of frontal lobe epilepsy on memory functions has remained controversial. The aim of this study was the examination of memory abilities in other childhood common epilepsy syndromes (frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE), childhood absence epilepsy (CAE), and benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS)) and the influence of epilepsy-related variables. Memory was examined in 90 children with epilepsy (each epilepsy group consisted of 30 children), aged 6-15, and compared with 30 control children. Children with FLE showed significant deficits in verbal and visual memory. In addition, type of epilepsy, earlier age at epilepsy onset, and longer active duration of epilepsy were associated with memory problems. Seizure frequency and treatment, however, did not influence memory performance. This study indicates that children with FLE show greater risk of developing memory deficits than children with CAE or BECTS, thus highlighting the importance of assessing also memory functions in frontal lobe epilepsy.

  20. The utility of omega-3 fatty acids in epilepsy: more than just a farmed tilapia!

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    Vera C. Terra

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The epilepsies are one of the most common serious brain disorders and 20 to 30% of people developing epilepsy continue to have seizures and are refractory to treatment with the currently available therapies. Approximately one in a 1000 patients with chronic epilepsy will die suddenly, unexpectedly, and without explanation, even with post-mortem examination and this phenomenon is called sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP. Understanding the mechanisms underlying SUDEP may lead to the identification of previously unrecognized risk factors that are more amenable to correction. We discuss here the possible implications of omega-3 fatty acids consumption on SUDEP prevention.

  1. Importance of Video-EEG Monitoring in the Diagnosis of Epilepsy in a Psychiatric Patient

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    Batool F. Kirmani

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    Full Text Available Epilepsy is a chronic medical condition which is disabling to both patients and caregivers. The differential diagnosis of epilepsy includes psychogenic nonepileptic spells or “pseudoseizures.” Epilepsy is due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain, and pseudoseizure is a form of conversion disorder. The brain waves remain normal in pseudoseizures. The problem arises when a patient with significant psychiatric history presents with seizures. Pseudoseizures become high on the differential diagnosis without extensive work up. This is a case of woman with significant psychiatric issues which resulted in a delay in the diagnosis of epilepsy.

  2. Neuropsychological advocacy and epilepsy.

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    Loring, David W; Hermann, Bruce P; Cohen, Morris J

    2010-04-01

    Neuropsychologists are in a unique position to be active advocates for patients with epilepsy given their unique understanding of the behavioral and cognitive effects associated the disease, its progression, and its treatment. Neuropsychologists communicate the cognitive and behavioral consequences of epilepsy and its long-term implications to patients, family, school, and employers. In this article we review factors influencing the neuropsychological profile of patients with epilepsy, and discuss common behavioral comorbidities, as well as special issues associated with school placement and long-term planning. We also include a seizure action plan, which is designed to be both an educational tool for individuals with limited epilepsy knowledge, and a way to minimize stigma associated with an event should a seizure occur during school or work. PMID:19214828

  3. Personality characteristics and epilepsy

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    Sørensen, A S; Hansen, H; Andersen, R;

    1989-01-01

    Patients with a long history of temporal lobe epilepsy or primary generalized epilepsy entered a questionnaire study of personality characteristics, based on a modification of the Bear-Fedio inventory for temporal lobe behavioural syndrome. Psoriasis patients and healthy volunteers served...... as controls. Four clinical meaningful dimensions of included personality traits were identified: ixoide, ideational, obsessive-compulsive and affective features. Analyses based on the Rasch model approved of all dimensions except for affective features. The epilepsy group obtained the highest scores on all 3...... dimensions, healthy volunteers the lowest, while the psoriasis group repeatedly held an intermediate position in all sets of assessment (subjects, interviewers and relatives). A logistic regression analysis showed ixoide features being most important when the entire epilepsy group was compared with other...

  4. Chromosomal Abnormalties with Epilepsy

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    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available The correlation between specific chromosome abnormalties and various epilepsies was investigated by a study of 76 patients’ records obtained by questionnaires distributed to members of Kyoto Multi-institutional Study Group of Pediatric Neurology.

  5. Antiepileptic Drug Withdrawal in Dogs with Epilepsy.

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    Gesell, Felix Kaspar; Hoppe, Sonja; Löscher, Wolfgang; Tipold, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and is treated by chronic administration of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). In human beings with epilepsy, it is common clinical practice to consider drug withdrawal after a patient has been in remission (seizure free) for three or more years, but withdrawal is associated with the risk of relapse. In the present study, the consequences of AED withdrawal were studied in dogs with epilepsy. Therefore, 200 owners of dogs with idiopathic or presumed idiopathic epilepsy were contacted by telephone interview, 138 cases could be enrolled. In 11 cases, the therapy had been stopped after the dogs had become seizure free for a median time of 1 year. Reasons for AED withdrawal were appearance or fear of adverse side effects, financial aspects, and the idea that the medication could be unnecessary. Following AED withdrawal, four of these dogs remained seizure free, seven dogs suffered from seizure recurrence, of which only three dogs could regain seizure freedom after resuming AED therapy. Due to the restricted case number, an exact percentage of dogs with seizure recurrence after AED withdrawal cannot be given. However, the present study gives a hint that similar numbers as in human patients are found, and the data can help owners of epileptic dogs and the responsible clinician to decide when and why to stop antiepileptic medication.

  6. Antiepileptic drug withdrawal in dogs with epilepsy

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    Felix Kaspar Gesell

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and is treated by chronic administration of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs. In humans with epilepsy, it is common clinical practice to consider drug withdrawal after a patient has been in remission (seizure free for three or more years, but withdrawal is associated with the risk of relapse. In the present study, the consequences of AED withdrawal were studied in dogs with epilepsy. Therefore, 200 owners of dogs with idiopathic or presumed idiopathic epilepsy were contacted by telephone interview, 138 cases could be enrolled. In 11 cases the therapy had been stopped after the dogs had become seizure free for a median time of 1 year. Reasons for AED withdrawal were appearance or fear of adverse side effects, financial aspects and the idea that the medication could be unnecessary. Following AED withdrawal, 4 of these dogs remained seizure free, 7 dogs suffered from seizure recurrence, of which only 3 dogs could regain seizure freedom after resuming AED therapy. Due to the restricted case number, an exact percentage of dogs with seizure recurrence after AED withdrawal cannot be given. However, the present study gives a hint that similar numbers as in human patients are found, and the data can help owners of epileptic dogs and the responsible clinician to decide when and why to stop antiepileptic medication.

  7. Neuroimaging in epilepsy

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    Roy Trishit; Pandit Alak

    2011-01-01

    Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder with diverse etiologies. Neuroimaging plays an important role in workup of patients with epilepsy. It helps to identify brain pathologies that require specific treatment; and also in formulating syndromic and etiological diagnoses so as to give patients and their relatives an accurate prognosis. Magnetic resonance imaging, specially the 3 tesla MRI is the imaging of choice because of its ability to detect small lesions like mesial temporal sclerosis,...

  8. Cerebral palsy and epilepsy

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    Knežević-Pogančev Marija

    2010-01-01

    Introduction. Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in early childhood. Epilepsy is known to have a high association with cerebral palsy. All types of epileptic seizures can be seen in patients with cerebral palsy. Complex partial and secondary generalized ones are the most frequent seizure types. In persons with cerebral palsy and mental retardation, the diagnosis of epilepsy presents unique difficulties. Generally they are not able to describe the epileptic ev...

  9. GEM THERAPY AND EPILEPSY

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    Murthy, S.R.N.; Shenoy, Raghuram

    1990-01-01

    The authors present in this paper the status of treatment and cause of epilepsy. They propose further research to be undertaken to document the data and a study of human magnetic aura followed by blood spectral studies. They have suggested that based upon these studies it should be possible to determine the cause of epilepsy and its treatment by the physical application of suitable precious and semi-previous stones followed by administration of Ayurvedic formulation.

  10. Managing epilepsy in pregnancy

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    Thomas, Sanjeev V.

    2011-01-01

    There are close to one and half million women with epilepsy (WWE) in reproductive age group in India. WWE have several unique gender-specific problems in the biological and social domains. Women experience more social stigma from epilepsy and have more difficulty with education and employment. They have more difficulty to get married and sustain successful family life. Reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone have opposing effect on seizure threshold. WWE have increased risk of in...

  11. National Epilepsy Surgery Support Activity

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    K Radhakrishnan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available While there are over one million people with drug-resistant epilepsy in India, today, there are only a handful of centers equipped to undertake presurgical evaluation and epilepsy surgery. The only solution to overcome this large surgical treatment gap is to establish comprehensive epilepsy care centers across the country that are capable of evaluating and selecting the patients for epilepsy surgery with the locally available technology and in a cost-effective manner. The National Epilepsy Surgery Support Activity (NESSA aims to provide proper guidance and support in establishing epilepsy surgery programs across India and in neighboring resource-poor countries, and in sustaining them.

  12. Coeliac disease and epilepsy.

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    Cronin, C C

    2012-02-03

    Whether there is an association between coeliac disease and epilepsy is uncertain. Recently, a syndrome of coeliac disease, occipital lobe epilepsy and cerebral calcification has been described, mostly in Italy. We measured the prevalence of coeliac disease in patients attending a seizure clinic, and investigated whether cerebral calcification occurred in patients with both coeliac disease and epilepsy. Screening for coeliac disease was by IgA endomysial antibody, measured by indirect immunofluorescence using sections of human umbilical cord. Of 177 patients screened, four patients were positive. All had small-bowel histology typical of coeliac disease. The overall frequency of coeliac disease in this mixed patient sample was 1 in 44. In a control group of 488 pregnant patients, two serum samples were positive (1 in 244). Sixteen patients with both coeliac disease and epilepsy, who had previously attended this hospital, were identified. No patient had cerebral calcification on CT scanning. Coeliac disease appears to occur with increased frequency in patients with epilepsy, and a high index of suspicion should be maintained. Cerebral calcification is not a feature of our patients with epilepsy and coeliac disease, and may be an ethnically-or geographically-restricted finding.

  13. Epigenetics and epilepsy.

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    Roopra, Avtar; Dingledine, Raymond; Hsieh, Jenny

    2012-12-01

    Seizures can give rise to enduring changes that reflect alterations in gene-expression patterns, intracellular and intercellular signaling, and ultimately network alterations that are a hallmark of epilepsy. A growing body of literature suggests that long-term changes in gene transcription associated with epilepsy are mediated via modulation of chromatin structure. One transcription factor in particular, repressor element 1-silencing transcription factor (REST), has received a lot of attention due to the possibility that it may control fundamental transcription patterns that drive circuit excitability, seizures, and epilepsy. REST represses a suite of genes in the nervous system by utilizing nuclear protein complexes that were originally identified as mediators of epigenetic inheritance. Epigenetics has traditionally referred to mechanisms that allow a heritable change in gene expression in the absence of DNA mutation. However a more contemporaneous definition acknowledges that many of the mechanisms used to perpetuate epigenetic traits in dividing cells are utilized by neurons to control activity-dependent gene expression. This review surveys what is currently understood about the role of epigenetic mechanisms in epilepsy. We discuss how REST controls gene expression to affect circuit excitability and neurogenesis in epilepsy. We also discuss how the repressor methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) and activator cyclic AMP response element binding protein (CREB) regulate neuronal activity and are themselves controlled by activity. Finally we highlight possible future directions in the field of epigenetics and epilepsy.

  14. [Epilepsy and Szondi test].

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    Andrade, L

    1976-05-01

    After having briefly recalled the different studies of epilepsy done on the basis of the Szondi test, the author proposes to study the drive structure of three groups of epileptics (19 cases of primary generalized epilepsy, 18 cases of partial temporal lobe epilepsy, 31 cases of partial non-temporal epilepsy) with the purpose of finding possible differences in psychological drive among the three groups and, at the same time, evaluating the test's capacity for discrimination by using the statistical method. The three groups show the same type of profile generally characterized by an extreme need for acceptance and affection (h + !, C- + !) counteracted by a strong repression (hy - !, k -) resulting in agressiveness (s + !). However, statistical analysis (chi square test), the drive formula, the drive class and the EKP showed that, beyond this shared area, there are differences among the three groups. The author then attempts to sort out the meaning of these differences. Finally, based on certain passages from Szondi as well as the test results, the author puts forward an hypothesis linking the psychological drive problematic in primary generalized epilepsies to a very early disturbance in the history of the individual's psychic development, the origins of which would go back to a split in the unity between mother and child. On the other hand, drive disturbances in partial epilepsies would be considered secondary to the illness. PMID:788602

  15. Approximating methods for intractable probabilistic models: Applications in neuroscience

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    Højen-Sørensen, Pedro

    2002-01-01

    field methods. The thesis provides a brief introduction to the basic methodology of learning and inference in graphical models as well as a short review of the various types of mean field approximations which recently have been shown to be efficient for carrying out approximate inference in intractable...... an adaptive version of the Thouless, Anderson and Palmer (TAP) mean field approach which is due to Opper and Winther. To illustrate the methodology on a real world problem, an explorative analysis of a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) dataset from a visual activation study is carried out using ICA...... with binary sources. It is shown this approach, which is computationally efficient, infers reasonable brain activation functions. Finally, we outline various ways of carrying out approximate message passing in probabilistic models for which marginalization over some of the clique variables is intractable....

  16. Stress and epilepsy: fact or fiction, and what can we do about it?

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    Galtrey, Clare M; Mula, Marco; Cock, Hannah R

    2016-08-01

    People with epilepsy report that stress is their most common trigger for seizures and some believe it caused their epilepsy in the first place. The extensive preclinical, epidemiological and clinical studies examining the link between stress and epilepsy have given confusing results; the clinical studies in particular are fraught with confounders. However stress is clearly bad for health, and we now have substantial preclinical evidence suggesting that chronic stress worsens epilepsy; in selected cases it may even be a causal factor for epilepsy. Healthcare professionals working with people with epilepsy should pay more attention to stress in clinical practice. This review includes some practical advice and guidance for stress screening and management. PMID:26933239

  17. Social functioning in pediatric epilepsy reported by parents and teachers: Contributions of medically related variables, verbal skills, and parental anxiety.

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    Carson, Audrey M; Chapieski, Lynn

    2016-09-01

    Children with epilepsy are at increased risk for deficits in social functioning, though the underlying causes are not well-understood. We examined multiple seizure-related, demographic, and cognitive variables in a group of 93 pediatric patients with intractable seizures who were at risk for social skills deficits and social problems at home and in the classroom. Verbal intelligence and parental anxiety about epilepsy were found to be the two primary predictors of social functioning in children with epilepsy as reported by parents and teachers. Though other social variables and secondarily generalized seizures were significantly correlated with certain aspects of parent-reported social functioning, the impact of these variables appeared to be mediated through verbal intelligence and/or parental anxiety about epilepsy. These findings emphasize the importance of family characteristics on social functioning in children with epilepsy and also suggest that parental anxiety about their child's epilepsy may be a specific risk factor for this population. The findings from this study suggest that the factors associated with social functioning in children with epilepsy are similar regardless of whether social functioning is assessed by the parent or the classroom teacher.

  18. Social functioning in pediatric epilepsy reported by parents and teachers: Contributions of medically related variables, verbal skills, and parental anxiety.

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    Carson, Audrey M; Chapieski, Lynn

    2016-09-01

    Children with epilepsy are at increased risk for deficits in social functioning, though the underlying causes are not well-understood. We examined multiple seizure-related, demographic, and cognitive variables in a group of 93 pediatric patients with intractable seizures who were at risk for social skills deficits and social problems at home and in the classroom. Verbal intelligence and parental anxiety about epilepsy were found to be the two primary predictors of social functioning in children with epilepsy as reported by parents and teachers. Though other social variables and secondarily generalized seizures were significantly correlated with certain aspects of parent-reported social functioning, the impact of these variables appeared to be mediated through verbal intelligence and/or parental anxiety about epilepsy. These findings emphasize the importance of family characteristics on social functioning in children with epilepsy and also suggest that parental anxiety about their child's epilepsy may be a specific risk factor for this population. The findings from this study suggest that the factors associated with social functioning in children with epilepsy are similar regardless of whether social functioning is assessed by the parent or the classroom teacher. PMID:27450306

  19. Caprylic acid in the effective treatment of intractable medical problems of frequent urination, incontinence, chronic upper respiratory infection, root canalled tooth infection, ALS, etc., caused by asbestos & mixed infections of Candida albicans, Helicobacter pylori & cytomegalovirus with or without other microorganisms & mercury.

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    Omura, Yoshiaki; O'Young, Brian; Jones, Marilyn; Pallos, Andrew; Duvvi, Harsha; Shimotsuura, Yasuhiro

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    There are many causes of frequent urination. Whenever water or fluids are consumed, the patient has to urinate within 10 or 20 min. Often urinary bladder examinations & blood tests show no significant abnormalities, & treatment by anti-bacterial or anti-viral agents does not improve the symptoms significantly. In intractable frequent urination with difficulty holding urine, as well as other intractable medical problems such as frequent coughing, white pus in gingiva, infection of the apex of a root canalled tooth, slow-healing wounds, & ALS, the authors often found coexisting mixed infections of Candida albicans (C.A.), Helicobacter pylori (H.P.), & Cytomegalovirus (CMV) with or without additional bacterial (Chlamydia trachomatis, etc.) or viral infections & increased Asbestos, with or without Hg deposits. We often found various degrees of mixed infections with C.A., H.P., & CMV in the external sphincters of the urethra & in the Trigone of the urinary bladder which consists of (1) a horizontal, band-like area between the 2 ureter openings & (2) the funnel shaped part of the Trigone at the lower half of the urinary bladder. In the coexistence of significant amounts of C.A., H.P. & CMV, the infection cannot be reduced by otherwise effective medicines for H.P. & CMV. However, one optimal dose of Diflucan, or Caprylic acid taken orally or externally applied, rapidly reduced the symptoms significantly. We found the best treatment is to give a combination of an optimal dose of Caprylic acid orally in the form of "CaprilyCare" or "Caprylic Acid," with a capsule of Omega-3 Fish Oil as an anti-viral agent, Amoxicillin, Substance Z & a Cilantro tablet. We found that an optimal dose of Caprylic acid increases normal cell telomere (NCT) to a desirable 750 ng BDORT units while Diflucan increases NCT by only 25 ng BDORT units, & with Omega-3 fish oil, leads to a mutual cancellation of both drugs. Thus, Caprylic acid is superior to & less expensive than Diflucan, & has potential

  20. Intractable Rickets as Presenting Feature of Wilson's Disease

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    A Bahrami-Ahmadi; J Shakeri; Haghighi, A; MB owlia

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    Rickets by definition is a condition in which the bone mineralization is defective. Among the large cause of Rickets (Vitamin D deficiency, gastrointestinal disorders, acidosis, renal tubular abnormalities...), Wilson's disease is a relatively rare cause. There are few cases of Wilson's disease presenting first as rickets in the literature. ‎ Here we present an Afghan girl with Wilson's disease presenting with intractable Rickets.‎

  1. Intractable Rickets as Presenting Feature of Wilson's Disease

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    A Bahrami-Ahmadi

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    Full Text Available Rickets by definition is a condition in which the bone mineralization is defective. Among the large cause of Rickets (Vitamin D deficiency, gastrointestinal disorders, acidosis, renal tubular abnormalities..., Wilson's disease is a relatively rare cause. There are few cases of Wilson's disease presenting first as rickets in the literature. ‎ Here we present an Afghan girl with Wilson's disease presenting with intractable Rickets.‎

  2. Clinical characteristics of 41 patients with intractable asthma

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    Full Text Available Objective To explore the clinical characteristics of intractable asthma,and to provide new knowledge for diagnosis and treatment of the disease.Methods Forty one patients with intractable asthma,admitted to the Institute of Respiratory Disease,Xinqiao Hospital of Third Military Medical University from Jan.2009 to Dec.2010,were included in present study.Spirometry tests were performed for all the 41 patients.Cell classification and counting were done in the induced sputum of 37 patients,and 34 patients underwent high-resolution chest computed tomography(HRCT.Results Incomplete reversibility of airflow obstruction(FEV1/FVC 0.03 of the total cells,13(35.1% and increased neutrophils( > 0.61 of total cells,6(16.2% showed increased both eosinophils and neutrophils,and only that of one patient showed normal percentage of the eosinophils and neutrophils.Chest HRCT of 34 patients showed thickening of bronchial wall in visible segment in 28 cases(82.3%,and in 22 cases(64.7% thickening of bronchial wall in secondary segments was accompanied with narrowed bronchus lumen,cylindrical bronchiectasis was predominant in 7 patients,and centrilobular emphysema was seen in 5 patients.Conclusion Airway remodeling,incomplete reversibility of airflow obstruction,airway inflammation appear to be the major clinical characteristics of intractable asthma.Combined use of chest HRCT,spirometry test,and cellular analysis of induced sputum may be helpful for identifying intractable asthma,and they provide the basis for individualized strategies to manage the disease.

  3. Periventricular Nodular Heterotopia, Surgical Goal in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

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    Fernando Velandia-Hurtado

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Neuronal heterotopia is a migration disorder in which these cells do not complete their movement toward the cerebral cortex. Periventricular nodular heterotopia is the most frequently reported form, characterized by neuronal conglomerates adjacent to the lateral ventricles walls. About 90 % of patients with this condition suffer epilepsy at some point in their lives and the major proportion of them will be resistant to pharmacologic treatment. This makes an appropriate diagnostic approach necessary in order to determine which patients would benefit from surgical resection of the lesion, which in most cases offers a high rate of crisis control. Development: This article presents a review of the most important topics approached from the practice of periventricular nodular heterotopia pathophysiology, clinical features, diagnosis and therapy. It is aimed at exploring the role of this condition as a cause of intractable epilepsy. Conclusion: Pharmacologic treatment for resistant epilepsy will have a severe impact on patient’s quality of life. Periventricular nodular heterotopia is frequently associated to this condition, which must be successfully approached by the medical team attempting to an opportune diagnosis and defining which patients would benefit from surgical management. This positively impacts the quality of life of these patients and their caregivers.

  4. Evaluation of emergency transcatheter arterial embolization in intractable postpartum hemorrhage

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    Objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of emergency transcatheter arterial embolization in the management of intractable postpartum hemorrhage. Methods: Twenty-five patients with intractable postpartum hemorrhage were undertaken superselective catheterization into the bilateral internal iliac arteries or uterial arteries to find the causes and sites of bleeding through DSA and then followed by arterial embolization with gelfoam particles. Result: All of the 25 patients with obstetrical bleeding were successfully controlled by TAE, the procedure lasted for 25-60 min, (mean 42.5 ± 4.6 min); with both catheterization and bleeding halt successful rates of 100%. Comparison of hemoglobin and heartbeat before and after the procedure showed significance (t=29.49, P<0.01; t=16.51, P<0.01). The uterus showed reintegration on time and menstruation resumed in all patients. Conclusions: Emergency arterial embolization is a safe and effective means for control of intractable postpartum hemorrhage, providing less trauma and no severe complications, especially as an unique management for fetal postpartum hemorrhage. (authors)

  5. Hippocampal neuropathology of domoic acid-induced epilepsy in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus)

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    Buckmaster, Paul S.; Wen, Xiling; TOYODA, Izumi; Gulland, Frances M. D.; Van Bonn, William

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    California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) are abundant human-sized carnivores with large gyrencephalic brains. They develop epilepsy after experiencing status epilepticus when naturally exposed to domoic acid. We tested whether sea lions previously exposed to DA (chronic DA sea lions) display hippocampal neuropathology similar to that of human patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Hippocampi were obtained from control and chronic DA sea lions. Stereology was used to estimate numbers of Ni...

  6. Epilepsy in Adults with TSC

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  10. ADHD, Methylphenidate, and Childhood Epilepsy.

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    Sharma, Rahul; Plioplys, Sigita

    2016-06-01

    Investigators from the Department of Functional Neurology, Epileptology and Epilepsy Institute (IDEE), and the Lyon's University Hospital examined the clinical determinants of ADHD severity in children with epilepsy (CWE) along with the response to treatment with methylphenidate (MPH). PMID:27617408

  11. 77 FR 59197 - Epilepsy Program

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    ... HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Epilepsy Program AGENCY: Health Resources... to the Epilepsy Foundation of America. SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration will be issuing noncompetitive supplemental funding under the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's...

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  13. Epilepsy in Adults with TSC

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    ... International TSC Research Conference Text Size Get Involved EPILEPSY IN ADULTS WITH TSC Download a PDF of ... age, including either new-onset seizures or ongoing epilepsy. Recent studies indicate that more than 80% of ...

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  16. Presurgical language mapping in epilepsy: Using fMRI of reading to identify functional reorganization in a patient with long-standing temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Gould, Layla; Mickleborough, Marla J S; Wu, Adam; Tellez, Jose; Ekstrand, Chelsea; Lorentz, Eric; Ellchuk, Tasha; Babyn, Paul; Borowsky, Ron

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    We report a 55-year-old, right-handed patient with intractable left temporal lobe epilepsy, who previously had a partial left temporal lobectomy. The patient could talk during seizures, suggesting that he might have language dominance in the right hemisphere. Presurgical fMRI localization of language processing including reading of exception and regular words, pseudohomophones, and dual meaning words confirmed the clinical hypothesis of right language dominance, with only small amounts of activation near the planned surgical resection and, thus, minimal eloquent cortex to avoid during surgery. Postoperatively, the patient was rendered seizure-free without speech deficits. PMID:27330987

  17. Mouse models of human PIK3CA-related brain overgrowth have acutely treatable epilepsy

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    Roy, Achira; Skibo, Jonathan; Kalume, Franck; Ni, Jing; Rankin, Sherri; Lu, Yiling; Dobyns, William B; Mills, Gordon B; Zhao, Jean J; Baker, Suzanne J; Millen, Kathleen J

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    Mutations in the catalytic subunit of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PIK3CA) and other PI3K-AKT pathway components have been associated with cancer and a wide spectrum of brain and body overgrowth. In the brain, the phenotypic spectrum of PIK3CA-related segmental overgrowth includes bilateral dysplastic megalencephaly, hemimegalencephaly and focal cortical dysplasia, the most common cause of intractable pediatric epilepsy. We generated mouse models expressing the most common activating Pik3ca mutations (H1047R and E545K) in developing neural progenitors. These accurately recapitulate all the key human pathological features including brain enlargement, cortical malformation, hydrocephalus and epilepsy, with phenotypic severity dependent on the mutant allele and its time of activation. Underlying mechanisms include increased proliferation, cell size and altered white matter. Notably, we demonstrate that acute 1 hr-suppression of PI3K signaling despite the ongoing presence of dysplasia has dramatic anti-epileptic benefit. Thus PI3K inhibitors offer a promising new avenue for effective anti-epileptic therapy for intractable pediatric epilepsy patients. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.12703.001 PMID:26633882

  18. Intracerebroventricular Pain Treatment with Analgesic Mixtures including Ziconotide for Intractable Pain.

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    Staquet, Héléne; Dupoiron, Denis; Nader, Edmond; Menei, Philippe

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    Intracerebroventricular (ICV) administration of opioids for control of intractable cancer pain has been used since 1982. We present here our experience of intracerebroventricular administration of pain treatments including ziconotide associated with morphine and ropivacaine for patients resistant to a conventional approach, with nociceptive, neuropathic, or mixed pain. These clinical cases were conducted with patients suffering from refractory pain, more than 6/10 on a numerical pain rating scale (NPRS) while on high-dose medical treatment and/or intolerance with significant side effects from oral medication. The baseline study visit included a physical examination and an assessment of pain intensity on a NPRS. Under general anesthesia, a neuronavigation device was used to place the catheter on the floor of the third ventricle, supported by an endoscope. Then, drugs were injected in the cerebroventricular system, through a pump (external or subcutaneous). The primary objective was to measure pain evaluation with ICV treatment after a complete withdrawal of other medications.Four patients were enrolled: 3 with intractable cancer pain and one with central neuropathic pain. The median NPRS at baseline was 9.5 [8.5; 19]. The mean NPRS after one month was 3.5 [3; 4.5]. Ziconotide was initiated at 0.48 µg/d and up to a median of 1.2 µg/d [1.0; 1.56]. The median dose of morphine and ropivacaine used initially was respectively 0.36 mg/d [0.24; 0.66] up to 0.6 mg/d [0.45; 4.63] and 1.2 mg/d [0; 2.4] up to 2.23 mg/d [1.2; 3.35]. Minor side effects were initially observed but transiently. One psychiatric agitation required discontinuation of ziconotide infusion. For intractable pain, using ziconotide by intracerebroventricular infusion seems safe and efficient, specifically for chronic neoplastic pain of cervicocephalic, thoracic, or diffuse origin and also for pain arising from a central neuropathic mechanism. PMID:27454282

  19. Depression and Anxiety in Iranian Mothers of Children with Epilepsy

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    childrenwith epilepsy and their mothers. Epilepsy Behav 2004Dec;5(6:958-64.15. Yam WK, Ronen GM, Cherk SW, Rosenbaum P, ChanKY, Streiner DL, et al. Health-related quality of lifeof children with epilepsy in Hong Kong: how does itcompare with that of youth with epilepsy in Canada?Epilepsy Behav 2008 Apr;12(3:419-26.16. Ghassemzadeh H, Mojtabai R, Karamghadiri N,Ebrahimkhani N. Psychometric properties of a Persianlanguageversion of the Beck Depression Inventory Second edition: BDI-II-PERSIAN. Depress Anxiety2005;21(4:185-92.17. Hojat M, Shapurian R, Mehryar AH. Psychometricproperties of a Persian version of the short form of theBeck Depression Inventory for Iranian college students.Psychol Rep 1986 Aug;59(1:331-8.18. Kalkhoran MA, Karimollahi M. Religiousness andpreoperative anxiety: a correlational study. Ann GenPsychiatry 2007;6:17.19. Mu PF, Kuo HC, Chang KP. Boundary ambiguity, copingpatterns and depression in mothers caring for children withepilepsy in Taiwan. Int J Nurs Stud 2005 Mar;42(3:273-82.20. Lv R, Wu L, Jin L, Lu Q, Wang M, Qu Y, et al. Depression,anxiety and quality of life in parents of children withepilepsy. Acta Neurol Scand 2009 Nov;120(5:335-41.21. (Wood LJ, Sherman E, Hamiwka LD, Blackman M,Wirrell E. Depression, anxiety, and quality of life insiblings of children with intractable epilepsy. EpilepsyBehav 2008 Jul;13(1:144-8.22. Tosun A, Gokcen S, Ozbaran B, Serdaroglu G, Polat M,Tekgul H, et al. The effect of depression on academicachievement in children with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav2008 Oct;13(3:494-8.23. Rodenburg R, Meijer AM, Dekovic M, Aldenkamp AP. Family factors and psychopathology in childrenwith epilepsy: a literature review. Epilepsy Behav 2005Jun;6(4:488-503.24. Wirrell EC, Wood L, Hamiwka LD, Sherman EM. Parenting stress in mothers of children with intractableepilepsy. Epilepsy Behav 2008 Jul;13(1:169-73.

  20. Interictal to ictal transition in human temporal lobe epilepsy: insights from a computational model of intracerebral EEG

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    Wendling, Fabrice; Hernandez, Alfredo; Bellanger, Jean-Jacques; Chauvel, Patrick; Bartolomei, Fabrice

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    International audience In human partial epilepsies and in experimental models of chronic and/or acute epilepsy, the role of inhibition and the relationship between the inhibition and excitation and epileptogenesis has long been questioned. Besides experimental methods carried out either in vitro (human or animal tissue) or in vivo (animals), pathophysiologic mechanisms can be approached by direct recording of brain electrical activity in human epilepsy. Indeed, in some clinical presurgical...

  1. Comparative Evaluation for Brain Structural Connectivity Approaches: Towards Integrative Neuroinformatics Tool for Epilepsy Clinical Research.

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    Yang, Sheng; Tatsuoka, Curtis; Ghosh, Kaushik; Lacuey-Lecumberri, Nuria; Lhatoo, Samden D; Sahoo, Satya S

    2016-01-01

    Recent advances in brain fiber tractography algorithms and diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data collection techniques are providing new approaches to study brain white matter connectivity, which play an important role in complex neurological disorders such as epilepsy. Epilepsy affects approximately 50 million persons worldwide and it is often described as a disorder of the cortical network organization. There is growing recognition of the need to better understand the role of brain structural networks in the onset and propagation of seizures in epilepsy using high resolution non-invasive imaging technologies. In this paper, we perform a comparative evaluation of two techniques to compute structural connectivity, namely probabilistic fiber tractography and statistics derived from fractional anisotropy (FA), using diffusion MRI data from a patient with rare case of medically intractable insular epilepsy. The results of our evaluation demonstrate that probabilistic fiber tractography provides a more accurate map of structural connectivity and may help address inherent complexities of neural fiber layout in the brain, such as fiber crossings. This work provides an initial result towards building an integrative informatics tool for neuroscience that can be used to accurately characterize the role of fiber tract connectivity in neurological disorders such as epilepsy. PMID:27570685

  2. Astroglial networks and implications for therapeutic neuromodulation of epilepsy

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    Mark R Witcher

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy is a common chronic neurologic disorder affecting approximately 1 percent of the world population. More than one-third of all epilepsy patients have incompletely controlled seizures or debilitating medication side effects in spite of optimal medical management. Medically refractory epilepsy is associated with excess injury and mortality, psychosocial dysfunction, and significant cognitive impairment. Effective treatment options for these patients can be limited. The cellular mechanisms underlying seizure activity are incompletely understood, though we here describe multiple lines of evidence supporting the likely contribution of astroglia to epilepsy, with focus on individual astrocytes and their network functions. Of the emerging therapeutic modalities for epilepsy, one of the most intriguing is the field of neuromodulation. Neuromodulatory treatment, which consists of administering electrical pulses to neural tissue to modulate its activity leading to a beneficial effect, may be an option for these patients. Current modalities consist of vagal nerve stimulation, open and closed loop stimulation, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Due to their unique properties, we here present astrocytes as likely important targets for the developing field of neuromodulation in the treatment of epilepsy.

  3. Ego functions in epilepsy

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    Sørensen, A S; Hansen, H; Høgenhaven, H;

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    served as controls: 15 patients with a non-neurological but relapsing disorder, psoriasis, and 15 healthy volunteers. Compared with the group of healthy volunteers, a decreased adaptive level of ego functioning was found in the epilepsy groups, regardless of seizure types and EEG findings, and......, to a lesser extent, compared with the psoriasis group. Areas of ego functioning most affected were "reality testing", "cognitive functioning", "integrative functioning" and "regulation and control of drives". Patients with more than one type of seizure were the most affected, as were patients who were younger...... than 15 years when the disease began. The number of anticonvulsants administered did not influence the results. No difference on adaptive level of ego functioning was found between the group with primary generalized epilepsy and the group with temporal lobe epilepsy. Similarly, the temporal lobe...

  4. Managing drug-resistant epilepsy: challenges and solutions

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    Dalic, Linda; Cook, Mark J

    2016-01-01

    Despite the development of new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), ~20%–30% of people with epilepsy remain refractory to treatment and are said to have drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE). This multifaceted condition comprises intractable seizures, neurobiochemical changes, cognitive decline, and psychosocial dysfunction. An ongoing challenge to both researchers and clinicians alike, DRE management is complicated by the heterogeneity among this patient group. The underlying mechanism of DRE is not completely understood. Many hypotheses exist, and relate to both the intrinsic characteristics of the particular epilepsy (associated syndrome/lesion, initial response to AED, and the number and type of seizures prior to diagnosis) and other pharmacological mechanisms of resistance. The four current hypotheses behind pharmacological resistance are the “transporter”, “target”, “network”, and “intrinsic severity” hypotheses, and these are reviewed in this paper. Of equal challenge is managing patients with DRE, and this requires a multidisciplinary approach, involving physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, pharmacists, dietitians, and specialist nurses. Attention to comorbid psychiatric and other diseases is paramount, given the higher prevalence in this cohort and associated poorer health outcomes. Treatment options need to consider the economic burden to the patient and the likelihood of AED compliance and tolerability. Most importantly, higher mortality rates, due to comorbidities, suicide, and sudden death, emphasize the importance of seizure control in reducing this risk. Overall, resective surgery offers the best rates of seizure control. It is not an option for all patients, and there is often a significant delay in referring to epilepsy surgery centers. Optimization of AEDs, identification and treatment of comorbidities, patient education to promote adherence to treatment, and avoidance of triggers should be periodically performed until further

  5. 18F-DG PET and RCBF SPECT in epilepsy

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    Functional imaging of cortical metabolism and perfusion is of growing importance in the presurgical evaluation of patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. PET and SPECT are of proven value in functional imaging prior to epilepsy surgery. To date the best clinical experience was gained by using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose for PET and tracers for measurement of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) like 99mTc-HMPO or 99mTc-ECD for SPECT respectively. Their relative contribution towards detection of a probable focus site in epilepsy is still controversial. To determine the relative value of both procedures the literature has been reviewed with special respect to ictal SPECT studies. With regard to different standards used for correlation a relative sensitivity of 62.4% was found for interictal rCBF SPECT. 71% for 18-FDG-PET and 87% for ictal rCBF SPECT studies. In conclusion, earlier reported advantages of PET over SPECT seem to closely reflect the better spatial resolution of PET. Modern SPECT systems, dedicated for brain SPECT, provide appropriate and almost equal sensitivity. Regarding the limited specificity of interictal studies, both rCBF SPECT and FDG-PET need precise indications. However, further to detection of a probable focus site, metabolism and rCBF studies seem to be of value to predicit the post-surgical patients outcome as to seizure frequency and mental functions secondarily affected by epilepsy surgery such as memory impairment. Ictal rCBF SPECT provides higher sensitivity and specificity and virtually allows the detection lateralisation in almost every case. This means that a relatively precise anatomical localisation of an epileptogenic focus is being found in a rising number of patients. (orig.)

  6. The effect of epilepsy and antiepileptic drugs on sexual, reproductive and gonadal health of adults with epilepsy.

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    Hamed, Sherifa A

    2016-06-01

    Epilepsy is a common chronic medical illness. Hyposexuality is the most frequent abnormality in men and women with epilepsy. In men with epilepsy, hypoandrogenimia, hypogonadism and sperm abnormalities are common. Testicular atrophy was also infrequently reported. In women with epilepsy, hyperandrogenism, polycystic ovaries (PCOs) and PCO syndrome are frequent. Decreased serum free testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone levels, free androgen index and free testosterone/leutinizing hormone (LH) ratio and increased sex hormone binding globulin, estradiol, prolactin, LH, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels and LH/FSH ratio are common with epilepsy. Disturbance of central and/or peripheral control of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and alteration of central neurotrasmitters (GABA, glutamate and serotonin) by epileptic discharges or antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), direct gonadal toxicity by AEDs and pcyshicatric/psychosocial factors are all incriminated in sexual, reproductive and gonadal abnormalities associated with epilepsy. Patients may benefit from multidisplinary evaluation, tight seizure control, change the AED, androgen therapy, genital vasodilators, L-carnitine supplementation and psychotherapy. PMID:26934627

  7. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: Evaluation of forensic autopsy cases.

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    Zhuo, Luo; Zhang, Yang; Zielke, H Ronald; Levine, Barry; Zhang, Xiang; Chang, Lin; Fowler, David; Li, Ling

    2012-11-30

    Epilepsy is a common chronic neurological disorder characterized by seizures. Mortality is significantly increased in patients with epilepsy. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the most common seizure-related category of death. A retrospective study of forensic autopsy cases from 2007 to 2009 at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) yielded a total of 104 sudden unexpected deaths directly or indirectly caused by an epilepsy/seizure disorder in the State of Maryland. Of these deaths, 74 cases met a general accepted definition of SUDEP. The age of SUDEP individuals ranged from 14 to 63 with the majority of subjects in the ages between 21 and 50 years (58 cases, 78.4%). Males were slightly more likely than females to die of SUDEP (male:female=1.5:1 based on the rate). The onset age of epilepsy was documented in 47.3% of cases (35/74) based on investigation and medical records. Of the 35 cases, 12 subjects had early onset epilepsy (onset ages 1-15 years) and 20 subjects had duration of epilepsy for more than 10 years. The majority of deaths (61 of the 74 cases, 82.4%) were unwitnessed. Death scene investigation showed that 71 deaths (95.9%) occurred inside their residence with 50 subjects (70.4%) found either in bed or on the bedroom floor near the bed. Forty-three out of 74 cases (58.1%) showed neuropathological lesions. Per history, 50 subjects were reported as being on anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). However, postmortem toxicological analysis revealed that only 26 subjects (35.1%) had detectable AEDs. Of the 74 cases, seizure disorder or epilepsy was listed as primary cause of death in 66 cases and the term of SUDEP as official cause of death in only 8 cases. This report focuses on the characteristics of death scene investigation and postmortem examination findings of SUDEP cases.

  8. The Gap between Intractable Problem and Adaptive Chosen Ciphertext Security

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    LU Xian-hui; LAI Xue-jia; HE Da-ke

    2009-01-01

    To describe the design approaches of IND-CCA2 (adaptive chosen ciphertext attack) secure public key encryption schemes systematically, the gaps between different kinds of intractable problems and IND-CCA2 security are studied. This paper points out that the construction of IND-CCA2 secure schemes is essentially to bridge these gaps. These gaps are categorized, analyzed and measured. Finally the methods to bridge these gaps are described. This explains the existing design approaches and gives an intuition about the difficulty of designing IND-CCA2 secure public key encryption schemes based on different types of assumptions.

  9. Patient with intractable delirium successfully treated with electroconvulsive therapy

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    Lindgren, Eske; Hageman, Ida

    2014-01-01

    Delirium is a frequent and serious condition often seen in hospitalized patients, especially the elderly. Treatment of the somatic illness causing the delirium, and antipsychotic medication will usually resolve the condition. Sometimes, however, the condition is refractory towards medical treatment...... and in this situation electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be a quick and efficient treatment. In this case report of a 26-year-old man a post-operative intractable delirium persisting for three weeks was efficiently and swiftly relieved by three consecutive ECTs. The patient was discharged without need for further...

  10. Necessity of cooperation with government on publication of scientific research results for intractable diseases

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    The features of intractable diseases make it an important public health issue and a challenge to medical care worldwide. Investigation of intractable diseases with the support of government is urgently expected to activate clinical and pharmaceutical research to promote diagnosis and treatment for patients with intractable diseases. Moreover, linkage to the international database for research achievement is also necessary so that both researchers and other general citizens can assess research...

  11. The biochemistry and epigenetics of epilepsy: focus on adenosine and glycine

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    Detlev eBoison

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy, one of the most prevalent neurological conditions, presents as a complex disorder of network homeostasis characterized by spontaneous non-provoked seizures and associated comorbidities. Currently used antiepileptic drugs have been designed to suppress neuronal hyperexcitability and thereby to suppress epileptic seizures. However, the current armamentarium of antiepileptic drugs is not effective in over 30% of patients, does not affect the comorbidities of epilepsy, and does not prevent the development and progression of epilepsy (epileptogenesis. Prevention of epilepsy and its progression remains the Holy Grail for epilepsy research and therapy development, requiring novel conceptual advances to find a solution to this urgent medical need. The methylation hypothesis of epileptogenesis suggests that changes in DNA methylation are implicated in the progression of the disease. In particular, global DNA hypermethylation appears to be associated with chronic epilepsy. Clinical as well as experimental evidence demonstrates that epilepsy and its progression can be prevented by biochemical manipulations and those that target previously unrecognized epigenetic functions contributing to epilepsy development and maintenance of the epileptic state. This mini-review will discuss epigenetic mechanisms implicated in epileptogenesis and biochemical interactions between adenosine and glycine as a conceptual advance to understand the contribution of maladaptive changes in biochemistry as a major contributing factor to the development of epilepsy. New findings based on biochemical manipulation of the DNA methylome suggest that (i epigenetic mechanisms play a functional role in epileptogenesis, and (ii therapeutic reconstruction of the epigenome is an effective antiepileptogenic therapy.

  12. Ketogenic Diet for Children with Epilepsy: A Practical Meal Plan in a Hospital

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    A ketogenic diet (KD) is a dietary approach to treat intractable epilepsy. The KD begins with hospitalization and the child and their parents can adapt to the KD for 1-2 weeks. Recently, various type of dietary intervention such as the modified Atkins diet (MAD) and the low glycemic index treatment (LGIT) have been performed. Since 2010, we carried out the KD, MAD, and LGIT for total of 802 patients; 489 patients (61%) for the KD, 147 patients (18.3%) with the MAD, and 166 patients (20.7%) for the LGIT. In this report, application of these dietary practices in Severance Hospital is shared. PMID:26839878

  13. 20.5.Epilepsy

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    920184 Clinical analysis of 25 cases ofchronic alcoholic intoxication with epilepsy.PANG Zhixing (庞治兴),et al.Dept Psychol,1stTeaching Hosp.Norman Bethune Med Univ,130021 Chin J Nerv & Ment Dis 1991; 17 (5):289-291.The clinical manifestations of 25 cases (male)

  14. Mobile EEG in epilepsy

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    Askamp, Jessica; Putten, van M.J.A.M.

    2014-01-01

    The sensitivity of routine EEG recordings for interictal epileptiform discharges in epilepsy is limited. In some patients, inpatient video-EEG may be performed to increase the likelihood of finding abnormalities. Although many agree that home EEG recordings may provide a cost-effective alternative t

  15. Neuroimaging in epilepsy

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    Roy Trishit

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder with diverse etiologies. Neuroimaging plays an important role in workup of patients with epilepsy. It helps to identify brain pathologies that require specific treatment; and also in formulating syndromic and etiological diagnoses so as to give patients and their relatives an accurate prognosis. Magnetic resonance imaging, specially the 3 tesla MRI is the imaging of choice because of its ability to detect small lesions like mesial temporal sclerosis, cortical dysplasias, small tumors, etc that are not detected by conventional MR or CT scan of brain. Identification of these lesions often helps in managing refractory epilepsies more effectively. However, cost and non-availability of MR in large part of the country necessitate the use of CT as an alternative. CT is often the initial investigation and also useful in acute situations. Functional imagings are used for pre-surgical work-up of refractory epilepsy cases with an aim to identify the epileptogenic focus and to delineate functional areas nearing the focus.

  16. Spect in epilepsy

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    In the Federal Republic of Germany it is assumed that about 80 000 patients suffer from a focal form of epilepsy which can not be sufficiently controlled with medication. As potential candidates for surgery, these patients undergo stepwise monitoring procedure in which the epileptic focus is located by means of increasingly invasive methods. In Erlangen the periictal SPECT is performed, whereby the perfusion tracer is injected after onset (ictal SPECT), immediately after cessation of the seizure (postictal scan) or between the seizures (interictal scan). To administer the tracer strongly in ictal or postictal state a close functional cooperation between the neurology and nuclear medicine department must be arranged. Injection inside the monitoring unit must be attuned to federal antiradiation precaution law. In temporal lobe epilepsy, different injection-times demonstrate a large area of hyperperfusion after ictal onset, which refines in the first two postictal minutes to the generating focus together with a decreased parietal blood flow pattern. Later, the entire temporal lobe epilepsy an early tracer injection within 40 seconds has to be achieved, otherwise an ictal propagation into distant brain areas, possibly contralateral, may occur. Extratemporal epilepsy is often linked to trauma or congenital malformations, and is difficult to categorize. In difficult cases with equivocal results, efforts can be undertaken by means of receptor scintigraphy with, for example, iomazenil, to localize the focus as a cold lesion caused by neuronal loss. (orig.)

  17. Epilepsy after stroke

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    Olsen, T S; Høgenhaven, H; Thage, O

    1987-01-01

    Development of epilepsy was studied prospectively in a group of 77 consecutive stroke patients. Included were stroke patients less than 75 years old admitted within the first 3 days after the stroke. Excluded were patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage, vertebrobasilar stroke, and patients...

  18. Epilepsy and Spinocerebellar Ataxia

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    Full Text Available A large consanguinous family from Saudi Arabia with 4 affected children presenting with an autosomal recessive ataxia, generalized tonic-clonic epilepsy and mental retardation is reported from the Institut de Genetique, Universite Louis Pasteur, Illkirch, France; Division of Pediatric Neurology, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and other centers.

  19. Angelman Syndrome and Epilepsy

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    J Gordon Millichap

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    Full Text Available Twenty-six patients with Angelman syndrome (AS, of which 19 had 15ql 1-13 maternal deletion, were studied and followed at the University of San Paulo, Brazil, with particular reference to the prevalence and type of epilepsy and its response to antiepileptic drugs.

  20. Epilepsy in Adults with TSC

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  2. Plerixafor may treat intractable post-herpetic neuralgia.

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    Xie, Fang; Li, Xueyang; Bao, Mengmeng; Guo, Ruijuan; Zhang, Chen; Wu, Anshi; Yue, Yun; Guan, Yun; Wang, Yun

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    Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes varicella (chicken pox) and establishes latency in ganglia. A reactivation of latent VZV leads to herpes zoster (shingles). Herpes zoster often causes herpetic pain that can last for months or years after the rash has healed. Prolonged herpetic pain is defined as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). There is an unmet need to explore novel therapeutic approaches for intractable PHN. Postmortem studies have shown that VZV induces neuro-inflammation and damage to the ganglia and spinal cord. These pathological changes may be critical factors resulting in PHN. Accumulated evidence suggests that stem cells may alleviate neuropathic pain in animal models through immunomodulatory actions and neuronal repair. Unfortunately, exogenous stem cell transplantation has limited clinical use due to safety concerns, immune rejection, and complications. Pharmacological mobilization of endogenous bone marrow stem cells may overcome these obstacles. Plerixafor is a SDF-1/CXCR4 axis blocker which can stimulate the release of stem cells from the bone marrow into blood circulation. We propose a hypothesis that endogenous stem cells mobilized by plerixafor may relieve the symptoms of PHN. If so, it may represent a novel approach for the treatment of intractable PHN. PMID:26175195

  3. Reduction in temporal N-acetylaspartate and creatine (or choline) ratio in temporal lobe epilepsy: does this 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy finding mean poor seizure control?

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    Mendes-Ribeiro, J.; Soares, R.,; Simoes-Ribeiro, F.; Guimaraes, M

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    BACKGROUND—Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) is a potentially useful tool in the in vivo investigation of brain metabolites in intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Focal N-acetylaspartatate (NAA) reductions have been correlated with mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS) in surgically resected epileptogenic foci.
OBJECTIVE—To evaluate the abnormalities in the metabolites NAA, creatine+ phosphocreatine (Cr), and choline containing compounds (Cho) in the tempora...

  4. Calcium ion channel and epilepsy

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    Yudan Lü; Weihong Lin; Dihui Ma

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To review the relationship between calcium ion channel and epilepsy for well investigating the pathogenesis of epilepsy and probing into the new therapeutic pathway of epilepsy.DATA SOURCES: A computer-based online research Calcium ion channel and epilepsy related articles published between January 1994 and December 2006 in the CKNI and Wanfang database with the key words of "calcium influxion, epilepsy, calcium-channel blocker". The language was limited to Chinese. At the same time,related articles published between January 1993 and December 2006 in Pubmed were searched for on online with the key words of "calcium influxion, epilepsy" in English.STUDY SELECTION: The materials were selected firstly. Inclusive criteria: ① Studies related to calcium ion channel and the pat1hogenesis of epilepsy. ② Studies on the application of calcium ion channel blocker in the treatment of epilepsy. Exclusive criteria: repetitive or irrelated studies.DATA EXTRACTION: According to the criteria, 123 articles were retrieved and 93 were excluded due to repetitive or irrelated studies. Altogether 30 articles met the inclusive criteria, 11 of them were about the structure and characters of calcium ion channel, 10 about calcium ion channel and the pathogenesis of epilepsy and 9 about calcium blocker and the treatment of epilepsy.DATA SYNTHESIS: Calcium ion channels mainly consist of voltage dependent calcium channel and receptor operated calcium channel. Depolarization caused by voltage gating channel-induced influxion is the pathological basis of epileptic attack, and it is found in many studies that many anti-epileptic drugs have potential and direct effect to rivalizing voltage-dependent calcium ion channel.CONCLUSION: Calcium influxion plays an important role in the seizure of epilepsy. Some calcium antagonists seen commonly are being tried in the clinical therapy of epilepsy that is being explored, not applied in clinical practice. If there are enough evidences to

  5. The Role of Investigative Modalities in Epilepsy Work-up

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    Helen Nayeri

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available "nEpilepsy is a common disorder, affecting 50 million people worldwide. The prevalence of epilepsy has significant medical, social, and economic implications both for the individual and for the society. "nIn evaluating the epilepsy patient, it is helpful to be familiar with the etiologies commonly associated with this disease. Identifiable causes of partial epilepsy have been divided into 5 categories, namely neoplasms, vascular abnormalities, mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS, non-vascular developmental disorders and indeterminate substrates (consisting mostly of non-specific gliosis, traumatic, atrophic or inflammatory abnormalities. In studies of surgical epilepsy patients, hippocampal sclerosis is the most common cause (50% to 70%. "nLocalization of the epileptogenic focus is the major task in preoperative evaluation of surgical candidates. Presently, no single technique can precisely identify the epileptogenic zone. In the past, EEG was essentially the only method of localizing the seizure focus. Accuracy of the noninvasive scalp EEG is limited and often inadequate for preoperative evaluation. "nComputed tomography is the appropriate modality to evaluate the underlying cause of new-onset seizures in the emergent setting. It has little or no role in the evaluation of patients with intractable seizures. In cases of refractory seizures, MR has significantly greater sensitivity for lesion detection than does CT. Because of its ability to depict neuroanatomy, MR is ideally suited for identifying focal brain abnormalities, and it can detect structural lesions with a high degree of sensitivity. The accuracy of MR in determining the substrate category in intractable epilepsy has been reported to be 88%. "nMR and video monitoring EEG are widely available and are the most critical noninvasive studies in the evaluation of the epileptogenic zone. There is an approximately 70% correlation of MRI findings with EEG abnormality for patients with temporal lobe

  6. Genetics Home Reference: Lafora progressive myoclonus epilepsy

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  7. Epilepsy - what to ask your doctor - child

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000222.htm Epilepsy - what to ask your doctor - child To use ... this page, please enable JavaScript. Your child has epilepsy. Children with epilepsy have seizures. A seizure is ...

  8. Epilepsy - what to ask your doctor - adult

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000221.htm Epilepsy - what to ask your doctor - adult To use ... on this page, please enable JavaScript. You have epilepsy. People with epilepsy have seizures. A seizure is ...

  9. Genetics Home Reference: pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy

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    ... Home Health Conditions pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse boxes. ... PDF Open All Close All Description Pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy is a condition that involves seizures beginning in ...

  10. Triple pathological findings in a surgically amenable patient with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Fumin Tong

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS is a well-recognized cause of intractable epilepsy; however, coexistence with focal cortical dysplasia (FCD is less common. Middle fossa epidermoid cysts are rare and may involve the temporal lobe. Most epidermoids are clinically silent, slow-growing, and seldom associated with overt symptomatology, including seizures. We describe a patient with multiple comorbidities including left MTS and a large epidermoid cyst involving the left quadrigeminal plate cistern compressing upon the cerebellar vermis and tail of the left hippocampus, resulting in refractory left temporal lobe epilepsy. The patient underwent left anterior temporal lobectomy. The surgical pathology demonstrated a third pathological finding of left temporal FCD type Ia. The patient has been seizure-free since the surgery. This case provides additional information with regard to the understanding of epileptogenicity and surgical planning in patients with MTS and epidermoid cysts.

  11. The Effect of Lamotrigine on Epilepsy

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    Hossein Ali Ebrahimi

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Background:Epilepsy is a common neurologic disorder affecting about 1% of the population (1. The prevalence of active epilepsy in Kerman is 7.87/1000 populations (2. In 23 countries of Asia the rate of epilepsy is the same as USA and Europe. Pharmacotherapy with antiepileptic drugs is the major treatment modality for epilepsy, this could occur as a result of decreased excitation concurrent with increased inhibition (3. Management of epilepsy differs from the treatment of other chronic diseases in which a single breakthrough event has a major negative effect on the quality of life.The past decade has brought many advances to the treatment of epilepsy, including many new pharmacological agents. Lamotrigine is one of the new antiepileptic drugs, which has been used more than two decades. Lamotrigine is effective in partial-onset and secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures, primary generalized seizures (i.e., absence seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, atypical absence seizures, tonic / atonic seizures and Lennox-Gaustaut syndrome. It is sometimes effective for myoclonic seizures but it can worsen myoclonic seizures in some patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy or myoclonic epilepsy of infancy.One of the main advantages of lamotrigine is that it causes less cognitive impairment or overt sedation compared with other treatments (4. An anti-aging effect on animal model in a study has found that lamotrigine decreases mortality and increases lifespan.Lamotrigine has many side effects; the most important ones are allergic reactions, Introducing lamotrigine gradually is one of the keys to reduce the frequency and severity of allergic reactions. Although the incidence of cutaneous reactions to lamotrigine is high, the incidence of serious eruptions such as erythema multiform, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis is low (5. In this study we evaluated the effects of lamotrigine on epileptic patients

  12. Animal models of epilepsy for the development of antiepileptogenic and disease-modifying drugs. A comparison of the pharmacology of kindling and post-status epilepticus models of temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Löscher, Wolfgang

    2002-06-01

    Control of epilepsy has primarily focused on suppressing seizure activity by antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) after epilepsy has developed. AEDs have greatly improved the lives of people with epilepsy. However, the belief that AEDs, in addition to suppressing seizures, alter the underlying epileptogenic process and, in doing so, the course of the disease and its prognosis, is not supported by the current clinical and experimental data. An intriguing possibility is to control acquired epilepsy by preventing epileptogenesis, the process by which the brain becomes epileptic. A number of AEDs have been evaluated in clinical trials to test whether they prevent epileptogenesis in humans, but to date no drug has been shown to be effective in such trials. Thus, there is a pressing need for drugs that are truly antiepileptogenic to either prevent epilepsy or alter its natural course. For this purpose, animal models of epilepsy are an important prerequisite. There are various animal models with chronic brain dysfunctions thought to reflect the processes underlying human epilepsy. Such chronic models of epilepsy include the kindling model of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), post-status models of TLE in which epilepsy develops after a sustained status epilepticus, and genetic models of different types of epilepsy. Currently, the kindling model and post-status models, such as the pilocarpine or kainate models, are the most widely used models for studies on epileptogenic processes and on drug targets by which epilepsy can be prevented or modified. Furthermore, the seizures in these models can be used for testing of antiepileptic drug effects. A comparison of the pharmacology of chronic models with models of acute (reactive or provoked) seizures in previously healthy (non-epileptic) animals, such as the maximal electroshock seizure test, demonstrates that drug testing in chronic models of epilepsy yields data which are more predictive of clinical efficacy and adverse effects, so that

  13. Diagnostic imaging in focal epilepsy

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    Focal epilepsies account for 60% of all seizure disorders worldwide. In this review the classic and new classification system of epileptic seizures and syndromes as well as genetic forms are discussed. Magnetic resonance (MR) is the technique of choice for diagnostic imaging in focal epilepsy because of its sensitivity and high tissue contrast. The review is focused on the lack of consensus of imaging protocols and reported findings in refractory epilepsy. The most frequently encountered MRI findings in epilepsy are reported and their imaging characteristics are depicted. Diagnosis of hippocampal sclerosis and malformations of cortical development as two major causes of refractory focal epilepsy is described in details. Some promising new techniques as positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET/CT) and MR and PET/CT fusion are briefly discussed. Also the relevance of adequate imaging in focal epilepsy, some practical points in imaging interpretation and differential diagnosis are highlighted. (author)

  14. Confronting the stigma of epilepsy

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Stigma and resultant psychosocial issues are major hurdles that people with epilepsy confront in their daily life. People with epilepsy, particularly women, living in economically weak countries are often ill equipped to handle the stigma that they experience at multiple levels. This paper offers a systematic review of the research on stigma from sociology and social psychology and details how stigma linked to epilepsy or similar conditions can result in stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. We also briefly discuss the strategies that are most commonly utilized to mitigate stigma. Neurologists and other health care providers, social workers, support groups and policy makers working with epilepsy need to have a deep understanding of the social and cultural perceptions of epilepsy and the related stigma. It is necessary that societies establish unique determinants of stigma and set up appropriate strategies to mitigate stigma and facilitate the complete inclusion of people with epilepsy as well as mitigating any existing discrimination.

  15. Experience in Endovascular Treatment of Recurrent Chronic Subdural Hematoma

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    Ishihara, H.; Ishihara, S.; Kohyama, S.; Yamane, F.; Ogawa, M.; A. Sato; Matsutani, M.

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    Most cases with chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH) are treated by simple irrigation and drainage, then more than eighty percent of them result in good recovery. But we sometimes encounter intractable cases with hematoma re-collection, which is considered of repeated bleeding from macrocapillary in the hematoma capsule. Embolization of the middle meningeal artery (MMA) is considered to be useful to eliminate the blood supply to this structure. The authors experienced seven cases of intractable C...

  16. Epilepsy in pediatric patients. Selection of investigations; Epilepsie de l`enfant: quels examens

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    Bulteau, C.; Adamsbaum, C.; Cieuta, C.; Chiron, C. [Hopital Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, 75 - Paris (France)

    1996-04-01

    Epilepsy is a chronic condition whose diagnosis rests on clinical and electro-encephalographic criteria. Computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging demonstrates a Cause in 25 % of cases. An international classification has been developed that is useful for evaluating the prognosis, the course, and the effect of treatments. Although the pathophysiology of epilepsy has not yet been elucidated, it is hoped that recently-developed functional imaging and genetic techniques will shed new light on this problem. Although neuro-psychologic studies can be of use for localizing the epileptic focus, few age specific reference values have been reported. Laboratory tests are indicated when occasional seizures or metabolic disorders are suspected, as well as in epileptic children with worsening seizures or possible side effects of drugs. (author). 13 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Intractable vomiting caused by vertebral artery compressing the medulla: A case report

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    Full Text Available Vertebral artery compressing the medulla and causing intractable vomiting has only been reported once previously. We report a case of a 69-year-old woman with intractable nausea and vomiting causing a 50 pound weight loss and who failed medical management and whose symptoms were completely reversed following microvascular decompression (MVD.

  18. Peace Education in Societies Involved in Intractable Conflicts: Direct and Indirect Models

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    Bar-Tal, Daniel; Rosen, Yigal

    2009-01-01

    The present article deals with the crucial question: Can peace education facilitate change in the sociopsychological infrastructure that feeds continued intractable conflict and then how the change can be carried? Intractable conflicts still rage in various parts of the globe, and they not only cause local misery and suffering but also threaten…

  19. Neuroimaging of Epilepsy: Therapeutic Implications

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    2005-01-01

    Summary: Neuroimaging has important applications in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with seizures and epilepsy. Having replaced computed tomography (CT) in many situations, MRI is the preferred imaging technique for patients with epilepsy. Advances in radionuclide-based techniques such as single-photon emission CT/positron emission tomography and electromagnetic source imaging with magnetoencephalography are providing new insights into the pathophysiology of epilepsy. In addition, tec...

  20. Parkinson's Disease and Cryptogenic Epilepsy

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    Kaminski, Dorian; Gurevich, Alec; Stone, Britt; Di Rocco, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    Epilepsy is an uncommon comorbidity of Parkinson's disease (PD) and has been considered not directly associated with PD. We present five patients (3 men and 2 women; ages 49–85) who had concomitant PD and cryptogenic epilepsy. Although rare, epilepsy can coexist with PD and their coexistence may influence the progression of PD. While this may be a chance association, an evolving understanding of the neurophysiological basis of either disease may suggest a mechanistic association. PMID:27688919

  1. Treatment of epilepsy: with special reference to developing countries.

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    Osuntokun, B O

    1979-01-01

    1. Epilepsy, a common chronic neurological disorder, constitutes an important medical problem especially as in the developing countries there is a great dearth and shortage of health personnel, especially trained ones, in clinical neurosciences. The prevalence of epilepsy in developing countries is probably higher than in the Caucasians although accurate epidemiological data are lacking. 2. Epilepsy is discussed with special regard to the need for accurate diagnosis, and the difficulties encountered in developing countries. 3. Pharmacotherapy should be as simple as possible and suggestions are made on the essential drugs useful in the control of epilepsy with special reference to developing countries and in the context of economics and ready availability. Grand mal and focal epilepsies could be controlled by phenobarbitone, with phenytoin, sulthiame and carbamazepine kept as reserves or adjuncts. Minor (generalised) epilepsies could be controlled by ethosuximide, with clonazepam and sodium valproate (sodium dipropylacetate) as reserve drugs and adjuncts. For status epilepticus, diazepam is effective and readily available, with clonazepam and phenytoin as alternatives. 4. The problems in the management of epilepsy in the developing countries include lack of facilities and personnel to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment, inadequate supply or non-availability of drugs, high defaulting rate of patients, the adverse and often pernicious social stigmatisation of the epileptic. 5. Possible solutions to some of these problems include integration of management (in simple terms) of convulsive disorders into the basic health system of delivery of health care in developing countries, aggressive pursuit of health education of the public by governmental and non-governmental agencies, active, intensive and sustained promotion of training of health personnel in clinical neurosciences and research aimed at producing long-acting anticonvulsants.

  2. Epilepsie u psů

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    Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in dogs. It is manifested in the form of repeated seizures which arise by irritation of brain. Epilepsy can be caused by brain damage, but more often we meet with hereditary character of the disease with so-called idiopathic epilepsy. Idiopathic epilepsy can not be cured, only reduced. Therapy is for life, in the form of regular use of human anti – epileptics. In recent years the interest in this disease rises, because the...

  3. Heart transplantation as salvage treatment of intractable infective endocarditis.

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    Aymami, Marie; Revest, Matthieu; Piau, Caroline; Chabanne, Céline; Le Gall, François; Lelong, Bernard; Verhoye, Jean-Philippe; Michelet, Christian; Tattevin, Pierre; Flécher, Erwan

    2015-04-01

    This study reports six consecutive patients who underwent heart transplantation as salvage treatment for endocarditis (Duke criteria) with extensive perivalvular lesions and end-stage heart failure. The median age was 45 years (range, 24 to 64), and the aortic valve was affected in all patients. Pathogens were Staphylococcus aureus (n = 2), Streptococcus pneumoniae (n = 2), Streptococcus agalactiae (n = 1), or not documented (n = 1). All patients survived, with no relapse, after a median follow-up of 24.5 months. The 10 patients with heart transplantation for endocarditis previously reported also survived (median follow-up, 27.5 months). Heart transplantation may be considered as salvage treatment in selected patients with intractable infective endocarditis.

  4. Burns and epilepsy.

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    Berrocal, M

    1997-01-01

    This is a report of the first descriptive analytic study of a group of 183 burn patients, treated in the Burn Unit at the University Hospital of Cartagena, Colombia during the period since January 1985 until December 1990. There is presented experience with the selected group of 24 patients in whom the diagnosis of burn was associated with epilepsy. There is also analysed and described the gravity of the scars sequels, neurological disorders, the complication of the burn and an impact of this problem on the patient, his (her) family and the community. It is very important to report that there was found Neurocisticercosis in 66.6% of the group of burn patients with epilepsy, and it is probably the first risk factor of burn in this group.

  5. Die Psychosen bei Epilepsie

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    Glauninger G

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available In einer Übersicht werden die verschiedenen Formen psychotischer Zustandsbilder bei Epilepsiepatienten, deren Ätiopathogenese und Möglichkeiten der Behandlung dieser Störungen beschrieben. Risikofaktoren finden sich durch neurobiologische Gegebenheiten - besonders bei Mitbeteiligung des Temporallappens, durch psychosoziale Einflüsse und manchmal auch durch medikamentöse Behandlung. Anhand von Fallbeispielen sollen dem Leser typische Krankheitsverläufe von psychotischen Episoden bei Epilepsiepatienten, die zumeist erst bei einer schon länger dauernden Epilepsie auftreten, nähergebracht werden. Es wird deutlich, daß sich die Beschwerden von Patienten mit Epilepsie nicht auf iktale Phänomene beschränken. Bei der Behandlung dieser Patienten kommt einer guten interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit besondere Bedeutung zu.

  6. Epilepsy and videogames.

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    Bureau, Michelle; Hirsch, Edouard; Vigevano, Federico

    2004-01-01

    Since the first case of videogame (VG) epilepsy was reported in 1981, many cases of seizures triggered by VGs were reported, not only in photosensitive, but also in non-photosensitive children and adolescents with epilepsy. We provide an overview of the literature with overall conclusions and recommendations regarding VG playing. Specific preventive measures concerning the physical characteristics of images included in commercially available VGs (flash rate, choice of colors, patterns, and contrast) can lead in the future to a clear decrease of this problem. In addition to the positive effect of such measures, the collaborative studies performed in France and in the rest of Europe have stressed the importance of a safe distance to the screen of > or = 2 m, and the less provocative role of 100-Hz screens.

  7. Burns and epilepsy.

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    Berrocal, M

    1997-01-01

    This is a report of the first descriptive analytic study of a group of 183 burn patients, treated in the Burn Unit at the University Hospital of Cartagena, Colombia during the period since January 1985 until December 1990. There is presented experience with the selected group of 24 patients in whom the diagnosis of burn was associated with epilepsy. There is also analysed and described the gravity of the scars sequels, neurological disorders, the complication of the burn and an impact of this problem on the patient, his (her) family and the community. It is very important to report that there was found Neurocisticercosis in 66.6% of the group of burn patients with epilepsy, and it is probably the first risk factor of burn in this group. PMID:9212488

  8. Epilepsy with myoclonic absences.

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    Manonmani, V; Wallace, S J

    1994-04-01

    The cases are described of eight children, five of them girls, who had epilepsy with myoclonic absences. The mean age of onset was 4.9 years. Brief episodes of loss of awareness with bilateral clonic jerking of the upper limbs were associated with rhythmic 3 cycles/second spike-wave discharges on electroencephalogram. Generalised tonic-clonic or astatic seizures, or both, also occurred in seven patients. All now have learning difficulties, and seven have behavioural problems. Conventional treatment for absences was effective in only two children. Of six patients treated with lamotrigine, five have improved substantially, but only one is in sustained complete remission. One recently diagnosed patient continues to have frequent myoclonic absences. As the response to treatment and long term outcome are much poorer, it is important to differentiate myoclonic absences from typical childhood absence epilepsy.

  9. Rolandic epilepsy and dyslexia

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    Ecila P. Oliveira

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective Although benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS is an idiopathic, age-related epilepsy syndrome with favorable outcome, recent studies have shown impairment in specific neuropsychological tests. The objective of this study was to analyze the comorbidity between dyslexia and BECTS. Method Thirty-one patients with clinical and electroencephalographic diagnosis of BECTS (group A and 31 paired children (group B underwent a language and neuropsychological assessment performed with several standardized protocols. Our findings were categorized as: a dyslexia; b other difficulties; c without difficulties. Our results were compared and statistically analyzed. Results Our data showed that dyslexia occurred in 19.4% and other difficulties in 74.2% of our patients. This was highly significant when compared with the control group (p<0.001. Phonological awareness, writing, reading, arithmetic, and memory tests showed a statistically significant difference when comparing both groups. Conclusion Our findings show significant evidence of the occurrence of dyslexia in patients with BECTS.

  10. Impact of Childhood Epilepsy on the Family

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    Kerim Fazlıoglu

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Whole family is affected when an illness appears in the family or when there is an uncertainty regarding the health of a member. Symptoms, therapy, course of the disorder, constraint of the daily activities and long term effects of childhood chronic diseases deeply impact health and structure of the families. Diagnosis of a chronic disease in children presents as a significant psychological and psychosocial risk factor to the parents and other family members. Despite these known facts, psychosocial problems of parents of epileptic children are often ignored and not even questioned. These parents frequently have to leave their jobs or ask for their elderly relatives to look after their children. This situation could lead to major financial and social problems, weakening in intrafamilial communication and disruption in family harmony. Childhood epilepsy brings a great strain on family’s resources as other chronic diseases do and alter the life of significant others. According to biopsychosocial model, schemas in family relations influence the psychological process of the family members while the biopsychosocial process of the sick individual affect the functionality of the family. In other words, epilepsy affects not only the sick individual but also the family union. The family has to face many problems after definite diagnosis of epilepsy. Majority of the studies conducted on this issue mainly focused on the quality of life and family relations of the sick child, whereas only a few studies searched for possible burden and resulting problems of family members caused by epilepsy. Physicians in charge should not only focus on physical and mental health of the sick children but also on the problems of other members in the family bearing in mind psychosocial influences of the disorder on them. Additionally, preventive methods should be administered to protect the family from developing mental health problems. A multidiscipline training program

  11. Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Management of Epilepsy.

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    Tejada, Silvia; Martorell, Miquel; Capó, Xavier; Tur, Josep A; Pons, Antoni; Sureda, Antoni

    2016-01-01

    Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) with multiple double bonds. Linolenic and alpha-linolenic acids are omega-6 and omega-3 PUFAs, precursors for the synthesis of long-chain PUFAs (LC-PUFAs), such as arachidonic acid (omega-6 PUFA), and eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids (omega-3 PUFAs). The three most important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic, eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, which cannot be synthesized in enough amounts by the body, and therefore they must be supplied by the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the correct functioning of the organism and participate in many physiological processes in the brain. Epilepsy is a common and heterogeneous chronic brain disorder characterized by recurrent epileptic seizures leading to neuropsychiatric disabilities. The prevalence of epilepsy is high achieving about 1% of the general population. There is evidence suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids may have neuroprotective and anticonvulsant effects and, accordingly, may have a potential use in the treatment of epilepsy. In the present review, the potential use of omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of epilepsy, and the possible proposed mechanisms of action are discussed. The present article summarizes the recent knowledge of the potential protective role of dietary omega-3 fatty acids in epilepsy.

  12. Is routine electroencephalography (EEG) a useful biomarker for pharmacoresistant epilepsy?

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    Steinhoff, Bernhard J; Scholly, Julia; Dentel, Christel; Staack, Anke Maren

    2013-05-01

    People with seizure disorders who have been treated at the Kork Epilepsy Center over a prolonged time period and who thus provide data concerning the chronic course of epilepsy were investigated in order to address the potential role of electroencephalography (EEG) as a biomarker for pharmacoresistant epilepsy. Clinical course and the corresponding findings from their first recorded EEG, their first EEG following appropriate treatment, and their last EEG were compared. Furthermore, we investigated if interictal epileptiform discharges (IEDs) differ in amplitude and morphology if recorded in long-term seizure-free patients. The early cessation of IEDs was a relatively good marker for a good prognosis, especially in idiopathic generalized epilepsies. However, persistent IEDs had no major impact on the long-term prognosis. We found no differences between IEDs in seizure-free patients or patients with ongoing seizures. Therefore, in our hands, routine EEG was not an appropriate biomarker for the prediction of pharmacoresistant epilepsy. Additional factors such as etiology and pathophysiology also need to be considered.

  13. Perceptions regarding a range of work-related issues and corresponding support needs of individuals with an intractable disease.

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    Imahashi, Kumiko; Fukatsu, Reiko; Nakajima, Yasoichi; Nakamura, Megumi; Ito, Tateo; Horigome, Mariko; Haruna, Yuichiro; Noda, Tatsuya; Itoyama, Yasuto

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    A number of persons with an intractable disease (ID) experience work-related problems that could lead to job loss. The aim of this study was to ascertain perceptions regarding a range of work-related issues and corresponding support needs of individuals with an ID. Potential participants were people ages 15 to 64 with one of the 130 intractable chronic diseases designated in the Act to Comprehensively Support the Daily and Social Activities of Persons with Disabilities (Comprehensive Support for the Disabled Act). Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire. With the assistance of patients' organizations, 3,000 questionnaires were mailed to potential participants. Questions included demographic characteristics, family concerns, employment/supported employment, work accommodations, and other aspects of life. Responses were received from 889 (29.6%) participants, and respondents had 57 IDs. Forty-six-point-seven percent of respondents reported being unemployed due to fatigue and/or long-term treatment. Nearly half of the unemployed respondents reported that they had been unable to work despite their willingness to do so. Common requests for accommodation included flexible work hours, working at home, and job/workplace modifications. Only 30% of respondents knew about job training programs and supported work available for persons with disabilities. The results of the study are relevant for employees, employers, and occupational health/human resource professionals. The issue of reasonable accommodations for persons with an ID needs to be addressed in future research in order to promote continued work by those persons. PMID:27672543

  14. Citation classics in epilepsy

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    Maryann Wilson

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The impact of a scientific article is proportional to the citations it has received. In this study, we set out to identify the most cited works in epileptology in order to evaluate research trends in this field. METHODS: According to the Web of Science database, articles with more than 400 citations qualify as "citation classics". We conducted a literature search on the ISI Web of Science bibliometric database for scientific articles relevant to epilepsy. RESULTS: We retrieved 67 highly cited articles (400 or more citations, which were published in 31 journals: 17 clinical studies, 42 laboratory studies, 5 reviews and 3 classification articles. Clinical studies consisted of epidemiological analyses (n=3, studies on the clinical phenomenology of epilepsy (n=5 – including behavioral and prognostic aspects – and articles focusing on pharmacological (n=6 and non-pharmacological (n=3 treatment. The laboratory studies dealt with genetics (n=6, animal models (n=27, and neurobiology (n=9 – including both neurophysiology and neuropathology studies. The majority (61% of citation classics on epilepsy were published after 1986, possibly reflecting the expansion of research interest in laboratory studies driven by the development of new methodologies, specifically in the fields of genetics and animal models. Consequently, clinical studies were highly cited both before and after the mid 80s, whilst laboratory researches became widely cited after 1990. CONCLUSIONS: Our study indicates that the main drivers of scientific impact in the field of epileptology have increasingly become genetic and neurobiological studies, along with research on animal models of epilepsy. These articles are able to gain the highest numbers of citations in the time span of a few years and suggest potential directions for future research.

  15. Neuroreceptor imaging in epilepsy

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    The neurochemical processes that mediate seizures in humans are not fully understood. PET has contributed to our understanding of the neurochemical abnormalities of epilepsy with studies of cerebral metabolism and, more recently, regional neuroreceptor binding. We have focused on inhibitory neurotransmitter receptors that may (1) be decreased, thus facilitating seizure initiation, or (2) increase in response to seizure activity. Opiate receptors are believed to mediate anticonvulsant effects of the endogenous opioids. Accordingly, [11 C]carfentanil, a ligand selective for the mu-opiate receptor, displays increased binding in temporal neocortex ipsilateral to seizure foci in complex partial epilepsy. This finding is consistent with activation of the endogenous opiate system in response to seizure activity. [11C]diprenorphine, a ligand that labels mu-, delta- and kappa-opiate receptors with equal affinity, shows little or no change in temporal cortex. Together, these findings suggest a decrease in delta- or kappa-receptors. The development of delta- and kappa-selective receptor ligands will help to elucidate the involvement of these opiate receptors in human epilepsy. The benzodiazepine-GABA receptor complex is the most prevalent in mediating inhibitory brain processes. Use of the benzodiazepine (BZD) receptor ligand [11C]RO 15-1788 has shown decreases in BZD receptors in human epilepsy in one study, but this has not been observed in a current study. Thus, the existence of reduced inhibitory processes that might enhance seizure initiation remains uncertain at present. Future studies of receptors for excitatory transmitters will provide additional insight into alternate factors potentially responsible for the initiation of seizures

  16. Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy

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    Kossoff, Eric H.; Huei-Shyong Wang

    2013-01-01

    Since their introduction in 1921, high-fat, low-carbohydrate "ketogenic" diets have been used worldwide for refractory childhood epilepsy. Approximately half of the children have at least half their seizures reduced, including 15% who are seizure free. The mechanisms of action of dietary therapies are under active investigation and appear to involve mitochondria. Once perceived as a last resort, modifications to initiation and maintenance, as well as the widespread use of pre-made ketogenic f...

  17. Epilepsie und polyzystisches Ovarialsyndrom

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    Rösing B

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsien sind gehäuft mit endokrinen Funktionsstörungen vergesellschaftet. Bei Frauen gehören Zyklusstörungen, Hyperandrogenismus, Gewichtszunahme und Subfertilität dazu. Die vorliegende Übersicht zeigt aktuelle Daten und pathophysiologische Vorstellungen zum Zusammenhang zwischen einer Erkrankung mit Epilepsie, ihrer Therapie, dem polyzstischen Ovarialsyndrom (PCOS, sowie assoziierten metabolischen Abweichungen. Mögliche Ursachen für das Auftreten endokriner Störungen bei Epilepsie sind (1. der direkte Einfluss temporal gelegener epileptogener Läsionen oder der antiepileptischen Medikamente (AED auf die hypothalamisch-hypophysär gonadale Achse (HHG, (2. der Einfluss von AED auf die ovarielle Funktion, (3. der Einfluss der AED auf den Steroidhormonmetabolismus inklusive ihrer Serumeiweißbindung und (4. AED-bedingte sekundäre endokrine Störungen durch Gewichtszunahme und veränderten Insulinmetabolismus. Die regelmäßige ärztliche Kontrolle klinischer endokriner Parameter wie Gewichtsentwicklung, Regeltempostörungen und Hirsutismus ist bei Frauen mit Epilepsie obligat. Einzelne auffällige Laborparameter (z. B. sinkendes sexualhormonbindendes Globulin [SHBG], ansteigende Testosteronwerte, Dysbalance der Gonadotropine luteinisierendes Hormon zu follikelstimulierendem Hormon (LH/FSH oder bildgebende Befunde (polyzystische Ovarien ohne klinisches Korrelat sollten engmaschig, zunächst 1–3-monatlich kontrolliert werden, um entstehende Endokrinopathien frühzeitig behandeln zu können.

  18. Purinergic signaling in epilepsy.

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    Rassendren, François; Audinat, Etienne

    2016-09-01

    Until recently, analysis of the mechanisms underlying epilepsy was centered on neuron dysfunctions. Accordingly, most of the available pharmacological treatments aim at reducing neuronal excitation or at potentiating neuronal inhibition. These therapeutic options can lead to obvious secondary effects, and, moreover, seizures cannot be controlled by any known medication in one-third of the patients. A purely neurocentric view of brain functions and dysfunctions has been seriously questioned during the past 2 decades because of the accumulation of experimental data showing the functional importance of reciprocal interactions between glial cells and neurons. In the case of epilepsy, our current knowledge of the human disease and analysis of animal models clearly favor the involvement of astrocytes and microglial cells during the progression of the disease, including at very early stages, opening the way to the identification of new therapeutic targets. Purinergic signaling is a fundamental feature of neuron-glia interactions, and increasing evidence indicates that modifications of this pathway contribute to the functional remodeling of the epileptic brain. This Review discusses the recent experimental results indicating the roles of astrocytic and microglial P2X and P2Y receptors in epilepsy. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27302739

  19. Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy

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    Eric H Kossoff

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Since their introduction in 1921, high-fat, low-carbohydrate "ketogenic" diets have been used worldwide for refractory childhood epilepsy. Approximately half of the children have at least half their seizures reduced, including 15% who are seizure free. The mechanisms of action of dietary therapies are under active investigation and appear to involve mitochondria. Once perceived as a last resort, modifications to initiation and maintenance, as well as the widespread use of pre-made ketogenic formulas have allowed dietary treatment to be used earlier in the course of epilepsy. For infantile spasms (West syndrome specifically, the ketogenic diet is successful about 50% of the time as a first-line treatment. New "alternative" diets such as the modified Atkins diet were created in 2003 and can be started more easily and are less restrictive. They may have particular value for countries in Asia. Side effects include constipation, dyslipidemia, growth slowing, acidosis, and kidney stones. Additionally, neurologists are studying ketogenic diets for conditions other than epilepsy, including Alzheimer's disease, autism, and brain tumors.

  20. Neuropeptides in epilepsy.

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    Kovac, Stjepana; Walker, Matthew C

    2013-12-01

    Neuropeptides play an important role in modulating seizures and epilepsy. Unlike neurotransmitters which operate on a millisecond time-scale, neuropeptides have longer half lives; this leads to modulation of neuronal and network activity over prolonged periods, so contributing to setting the seizure threshold. Most neuropeptides are stored in large dense vesicles and co-localize with inhibitory interneurons. They are released upon high frequency stimulation making them attractive targets for modulation of seizures, during which high frequency discharges occur. Numerous neuropeptides have been implicated in epilepsy; one, ACTH, is already used in clinical practice to suppress seizures. Here, we concentrate on neuropeptides that have a direct effect on seizures, and for which therapeutic interventions are being developed. We have thus reviewed the abundant reports that support a role for neuropeptide Y (NPY), galanin, ghrelin, somatostatin and dynorphin in suppressing seizures and epileptogenesis, and for tachykinins having pro-epileptic effects. Most in vitro and in vivo studies are performed in hippocampal tissue in which receptor expression is usually high, making translation to other brain areas less clear. We highlight recent therapeutic strategies to treat epilepsy with neuropeptides, which are based on viral vector technology, and outline how such interventions need to be refined in order to address human disease.

  1. Seizures accelerate forgetting in patients with left-sided temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Jokeit, H; Daamen, M; Zang, H; Janszky, J; Ebner, A

    2001-07-10

    Ten patients with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy performed a word-position association learning task every 24 hours during video EEG monitoring. On 55 occasions recall performance was tested 30 minutes and 24 hours after the initial learning phase. Patients with left- but not right-sided temporal lobe epilepsy exhibited impaired retention of word position if a seizure had occurred during the preceding 24-hour interval. Seizures may impair the consolidation of memory in patients with left-sided temporal lobe epilepsy beyond the chronic memory deficits caused by the underlying pathology.

  2. Relevance of the glutathione system in temporal lobe epilepsy: evidence in human and experimental models.

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    Cárdenas-Rodríguez, Noemí; Coballase-Urrutia, Elvia; Pérez-Cruz, Claudia; Montesinos-Correa, Hortencia; Rivera-Espinosa, Liliana; Sampieri, Aristides; Carmona-Aparicio, Liliana

    2014-01-01

    Oxidative stress, which is a state of imbalance in the production of reactive oxygen species and nitrogen, is induced by a wide variety of factors. This biochemical state is associated with diseases that are systemic as well as diseases that affect the central nervous system. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder, and temporal lobe epilepsy represents an estimated 40% of all epilepsy cases. Currently, evidence from human and experimental models supports the involvement of oxidative stress during seizures and in the epileptogenesis process. Hence, the aim of this review was to provide information that facilitates the processing of this evidence and investigate the therapeutic impact of the biochemical status for this specific pathology.

  3. Understanding of Epilepsy by Children and Young People with Epilepsy

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    Lewis, Ann; Parsons, Sarah

    2008-01-01

    There is a striking dearth of studies focusing sensitively and in depth on the mainstream educational experiences of children with epilepsy, as viewed by those children themselves. The one-year project (2006-7) reported here addresses that gap. Children's perceptions about mainstream teachers' understanding of epilepsy and school-based needs are…

  4. Validity of the Neurology Quality of Life (Neuro-QoL) Measurement System in Adult Epilepsy

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    Victorson, David; Cavazos, Jose E.; Gregory L Holmes; Reder, Anthony T.; Wojna, Valerie; Nowinski, Cindy; Miller, Deborah; Buono, Sarah; Mueller, Allison; Moy, Claudia; Cella, David

    2013-01-01

    Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that results in recurring seizures and can have a significant adverse effect on health related quality of life (HRQL). Neuro-QoL is an NINDS-funded system of patient reported outcome measures for neurology clinical research, which was designed to provide a precise and standardized way to measure HRQL in epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Using mixed-methods and item response theory-based approaches, we developed generic ite...

  5. Focal epilepsies in adult patients attending two epilepsy centers

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    Gilioli, Isabella; Vignoli, Aglaia; Visani, Elisa;

    2012-01-01

    PURPOSE: To classify the grade of antiepileptic drug (AED) resistance in a cohort of patients with focal epilepsies, to recognize the risk factors for AED resistance, and to estimate the helpfulness of "new-generation" AEDs. METHODS: We included 1,155 adults with focal epilepsies who were observed...... consecutively after 1990 and followed regularly at two epilepsy centers. We systematically collected the clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic data using a custom-written database. We classified the patients as seizure-free or AED resistant according to the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) criteria.......8% of the 729 patients with symptomatic focal epilepsies and was positively associated with electroencephalography (EEG) abnormalities, seizure type, and the presence of mesial temporal sclerosis. Among 426 patients without detectable causes, the percentage of AED resistance was significantly lower (39...

  6. Neuroimaging in Epilepsy

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    Mahmoud Motamedi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The assessment of the problem of seizures requires knowledge of the clinical details and features of the seizures, the functional abnormality in the brain as shown on the EEG, and the structural assessment of the brain with an MRI study optimized for epilepsy. Usually MRI or computed tomographic (CT scan should be performed in evaluating the cause of a newly diagnosed seizure disorder. MRI is preferred over CT because of its greater sensitivity and specificity for identifying small lesions."nBecause there is an option of surgical excision of the "seizure focus," which may cure the patient, the detection of a focal abnormality of the brain is important for the formulation of the reason for the seizures and the options available for treatment. Knowledge of the brain abnormalities early in the course of treating the patient greatly helps the management of each individual. The challenge to epileptologists is that the problem of epilepsy is a special one, which requires optimized protocols dedicated to it."nMRI interpretation is different when used in a screening way and when viewed in the context of other investigations. This is particularly important when the patient has partial seizures and may be considered for surgical treatment."nMost centers that deal with epilepsy spend a great deal of time in ensuring the quality of their EEG and EEG interpretation. However, unless there is a radiologist with an interest in epilepsy or an epileptologist who spends time with radiologist colleagues, it can be difficult to establish good epilepsy-focused MRI with appropriate sequences, radiography, and interpretation. MRI acquisition and interpretation need to be focused on the problem of epilepsy."nIndication"nThe American academy of neurology has published practice parameters for neuroimaging (NI studies (MRI, CT of patients having a first seizure. Emergent NI (scan immediately should be performed when a health care provider suspects a serious

  7. Electroencephalography in dogs with epilepsy

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    Berendt, Martin Ole; Høgenhaven, H; Flagstad, Annette Borgbjerg;

    1999-01-01

    To investigate the diagnostic value of electroencephalography (EEG) in dogs with epilepsy, applying human criteria for EEG abnormalities observed with this disorder.......To investigate the diagnostic value of electroencephalography (EEG) in dogs with epilepsy, applying human criteria for EEG abnormalities observed with this disorder....

  8. Partial Epilepsy with Auditory Features

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available The clinical characteristics of 53 sporadic (S cases of idiopathic partial epilepsy with auditory features (IPEAF were analyzed and compared to previously reported familial (F cases of autosomal dominant partial epilepsy with auditory features (ADPEAF in a study at the University of Bologna, Italy.

  9. The Mozart Effect and Epilepsy

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2011-01-01

    Researchers at Kaohsiung Medical University and other centers in Taiwan studied the long-term effect of listening to Mozart K-448 (Sonata for Two Pianos in D major) on the frequency of epileptiform discharges in children with epilepsy, and analyzed the relationship between the number of epileptiform discharges and foci of origin, epilepsy etiology, age, IQ, and gender.

  10. The Music Student with Epilepsy

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    Murdock, Matthew C.; Morgan, Joseph A.; Laverghetta, Thomas S.

    2012-01-01

    The teacher-student relationship can afford the music educator an opportunity to be the first to identify behaviors associated with epilepsy. A case of a student with epilepsy, based on the authors' experience, is described in which the music educators were the first and only individuals to become aware of a change in the student's behavior, after…

  11. Accounting for Comorbidity in Assessing the Burden of Epilepsy Among US Adults: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R)

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    Lane, Michael C; Stang, Paul E.; Kessler, Ronald; Shahly, Vicki

    2012-01-01

    Although epilepsy is associated with substantial role impairment, it is also highly comorbid with other physical and mental disorders, making unclear the extent to which impairments associated with epilepsy are actually due to comorbidities. This issue was explored in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), a nationally representative household survey of 5,692 US adults. Medically-recognized epilepsy was ascertained with self-report, comorbid physical disorders with a chronic con...

  12. The social and economic consequences of epilepsy

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    Jennum, Poul; Gyllenborg, Jesper; Kjellberg, Jakob

    2011-01-01

    Epilepsy causes a significant burden to patients and to society. We aimed to calculate the factual excess in direct and indirect costs associated with epilepsy.......Epilepsy causes a significant burden to patients and to society. We aimed to calculate the factual excess in direct and indirect costs associated with epilepsy....

  13. 38 CFR 4.122 - Psychomotor epilepsy.

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    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Psychomotor epilepsy. 4... Psychomotor epilepsy. The term psychomotor epilepsy refers to a condition that is characterized by seizures... psychomotor epilepsy vary from patient to patient and in the same patient from seizure to seizure. (b)...

  14. Epilepsie und psychiatrische Erkrankungen

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    Baumgartner C

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Psychiatrische Erkrankungen treten bei Epilepsiepatienten signifikant häufiger auf als in der Allgemeinbevölkerung und als bei Patienten mit anderen chronischen Erkrankungen. Die Depression stellt die häufigste psychiatrische Begleiterkrankung bei Epilepsie dar. Die Häufigkeit von Depressionen korreliert mit der Anfallskontrolle: Sie liegt zwischen 3 und 9 % bei gut kontrollierter Epilepsie, jedoch zwischen 20 und 55 % bei Patienten mit therapieresistenten Epilepsien. Umgekehrt ist bei Patienten mit neu diagnostizierten Epilepsien anamnestisch signifikant häufiger eine Depression zu erheben als in einem Vergleichskollektiv. Diese bidirektionale Beziehung zwischen Epilepsie und Depression könnte durch gemeinsame Pathomechanismen beider Erkrankungen erklärt werden. Obwohl das Vorliegen und der Schweregrad einer Depression die wichtigsten Prädiktoren für die Lebensqualität bei Epilepsiepatienten darstellen, werden Depressionen bei Epilepsiepatienten unterdiagnostiziert und unterbehandelt. Eine psychopharmakologische Behandlung sollte bei Vorliegen einer Begleitdepression deshalb unverzüglich initiiert werden, das epileptogene Potential von Antidepressiva stellt dabei ein vernachlässigbares Risiko dar. Die Prävalenz psychotischer Störungen bei Epilepsiepatienten liegt zwischen 2 und 8 %, wobei sogenannte episodische Psychosen (iktale, postiktale und Alternativpsychosen, die in einem zeitlichen Bezug zum Anfallsgeschehen stehen, und chronische Psychosen (interiktale Psychosen ohne zeitlichen Bezug zu den Anfällen, unterschieden werden können. Die Prävalenz von Angststörungen bei Epilepsiepatienten liegt zwischen 15 und 25 %. Man kann zwischen präiktaler, iktaler, postiktaler und interiktaler Angst unterscheiden.

  15. Argon Plasma Coagulation Therapy Versus Topical Formalin for Intractable Rectal Bleeding and Anorectal Dysfunction After Radiation Therapy for Prostate Carcinoma

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    Yeoh, Eric, E-mail: eric.yeoh@health.sa.gov.au [Department of Radiation Oncology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide (Australia); School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide (Australia); Tam, William; Schoeman, Mark [School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide (Australia); Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide (Australia); Moore, James; Thomas, Michelle [School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide (Australia); Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide (Australia); Botten, Rochelle; Di Matteo, Addolorata [Department of Radiation Oncology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide (Australia)

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    Purpose: To evaluate and compare the effect of argon plasma coagulation (APC) and topical formalin for intractable rectal bleeding and anorectal dysfunction associated with chronic radiation proctitis. Methods and Materials: Thirty men (median age, 72 years; range, 49-87 years) with intractable rectal bleeding (defined as ≥1× per week and/or requiring blood transfusions) after radiation therapy for prostate carcinoma were randomized to treatment with APC (n=17) or topical formalin (n=13). Each patient underwent evaluations of (1) anorectal symptoms (validated questionnaires, including modified Late Effects in Normal Tissues–Subjective, Objective, Management, and Analytic and visual analogue scales for rectal bleeding); (2) anorectal motor and sensory function (manometry and graded rectal balloon distension); and (3) anal sphincteric morphology (endoanal ultrasound) before and after the treatment endpoint (defined as reduction in rectal bleeding to 1× per month or better, reduction in visual analogue scales to ≤25 mm, and no longer needing blood transfusions). Results: The treatment endpoint was achieved in 94% of the APC group and 100% of the topical formalin group after a median (range) of 2 (1-5) sessions of either treatment. After a follow-up duration of 111 (29-170) months, only 1 patient in each group needed further treatment. Reductions in rectal compliance and volumes of sensory perception occurred after APC, but no effect on anorectal symptoms other than rectal bleeding was observed. There were no differences between APC and topical formalin for anorectal symptoms and function, nor for anal sphincteric morphology. Conclusions: Argon plasma coagulation and topical formalin had comparable efficacy in the durable control of rectal bleeding associated with chronic radiation proctitis but had no beneficial effect on anorectal dysfunction.

  16. Video electroencephalogram telemetry in temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Jayanti Mani

    2014-01-01

    Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the most commonly encountered medically refractory epilepsy. It is also the substrate of refractory epilepsy that gives the most gratifying results in any epilepsy surgery program, with a minimum use of resources. Correlation of clinical behavior and the ictal patterns during ictal behavior is mandatory for success at epilepsy surgery. Video electroencephalogram (EEG) telemetry achieves this goal and hence plays a pivotal role in pre-surgical assessment. The ro...

  17. Efficacy of Iranian Traditional Medicine in the Treatment of Epilepsy

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    Mehri Abdollahi Fard; Asie Shojaii

    2013-01-01

    Epilepsy is a brain disorder which affects about 50 million people worldwide. Ineffectiveness of the drugs in some cases and the serious side effects and chronic toxicity of the antiepileptic drugs lead to use of herbal medicine as a form of complementary and alternative medicine. In this review modern evidences for the efficacy of antiepileptic medicinal plants in Traditional Iranian Medicine (TIM) will be discussed. For this purpose electronic databases including PubMed, Scopus, Sciencedire...

  18. Update on the use of rituximab for intractable rheumatoid arthritis

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    R John Looney

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available R John LooneyUniversity of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USAAbstract: It has been 3 years since rituximab, a mouse x human chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody that selectively depleted B cells, was approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA with an inadequate response to anti-TNF therapies. Since approval rituximab has become a part of standard treatment, and additional data have become available on long-term efficacy and safety both from clinical trials and from post-marketing surveillance. In open long-term follow-up from clinical trials, patients treated with multiple courses of rituximab continued to respond in terms of signs and symptoms, and damage assessed radiographically was significantly inhibited. Moreover, the rate of serious infectious events was not increased as the number of courses increased. However, because of case reports of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in patients treated with rituximab for non-malignant conditions, a black box warning has been added. Studies on the immunologic correlates of response to rituximab treatment including B cell subsets in peripheral blood and synovial biopsies are providing clues into how rituximab works for autoimmune disease. However, at this time we are not able to explain why some patients do not respond and cannot predict who will respond. Future challenges for the further development of rituximab for intractable RA will be discussed.Keywords: rheumatoid arthritis, rituximab, B cells, immunocompetency

  19. Endovascular Treatment of Traumatic Pseudoaneurysm Presenting as Intractable Epistaxis

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    Zhang, Chang wei; Xie, Xiao dong; You, Chao; Mao, Bo yong; Wang, Chao hua; He, Min; Sun, Hong [Sichuan University West China Hospital, Chengdu (China)

    2010-12-15

    To investigate the clinical efficacy of individual endovascular management for the treatment of different traumatic pseudo aneurysms presenting as intractable epistaxis. For 14 consecutive patients with traumatic pseudo aneurysm presenting as refractory epistaxis, 15 endovascular procedures were performed. Digital subtraction angiography revealed that the pseudo aneurysms originated from the internal maxillary artery in eight patients; and all were treated with occlusion of the feeding artery. In six cases, they originated from the internal carotid artery (Inca); out of which, two were managed with detachable balloons, two with covered s tents, one by means of cavity embolization, and the remaining one with parent artery occlusion. All of these cases were followed up clinically from six to 18 months, with a mean follow up time of ten months; moreover, three cases were also followed with angiography. Complete cessation of bleeding was achieved in all the 15 instances (100%) immediately after the endovascular therapies. Of the six patients who suffered from Inca pseudo aneurysms, one presented with a permanent stroke and one had an episode of rebleeding requiring intervention. In patients presenting with a history of cranio cerebral trauma, traumatic pseudo aneurysm must be considered as a differential diagnosis. Individual endovascular treatment is a relatively safe, plausible, and reliable means of managing traumatic pseudo aneurysms

  20. Sustained improvement of intractable rheumatoid arthritis after total lymphoid irradiation

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    Field, E.H.; Strober, S.; Hoppe, R.T.; Calin, A.; Engleman, E.G.; Kotzin, B.L.; Tanay, A.S.; Calin, H.J.; Terrell, C.P.; Kaplan, H.S.

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    Total lymphoid irradiation (TLI) was administered to 11 patients who had intractable rheumatoid arthritis that was unresponsive to conventional medical therapy, including aspirin, multiple nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, gold salts, and D-penicillamine. Total lymphoid irradiation was given as an alternative to cytotoxic drugs such as azathioprine and cyclophosphamide. After radiotherapy, 9 of the 11 patients showed a marked improvement in clinical disease activity as measured by morning stiffness, joint tenderness, joint swelling, and overall functional abilities. The mean improvement of disease activity in all patients ranged from 40-70 percent and has persisted throughout a 13-28 month followup period. This improvement permitted the mean daily steroid dose to be reduced by 54%. Complications included severe fatigue and other constitutional symptoms during radiotherapy, development of Felty's syndrome in 1 patient, and an exacerbation of rheumatoid lung disease in another. After therapy, all patients exhibited a profound T lymphocytopenia, and a reversal in their T suppressor/cytotoxic cell to helper cell ratio. The proliferative responses of peripheral blood mononuclear cells to phytohemagglutinin, concanavalin A, and allogeneic leukocytes (mixed leukocyte reaction) were markedly reduced, as was in vitro immunoglobulin synthesis after stimulation with pokeweed mitogen. Alterations in T cell numbers and function persisted during the entire followup period, except that the mixed leukocyte reaction showed a tendency to return to normal values.

  1. Frequencies and implications of discordant findings of interictal SPECT and itcal SPECT in patients with intractable epilepsy

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    Interictal SPECT could be used at best as a reference image to ictal SPECT, and cause sometimes confusion if it had given unexplained discordant findings from ictal SPECT. We investigated implications of discordant findings which occurred in 26 among 268 which found their epileptogenic zones using ictal EEG and/or operative outcome. Sensitivity of interictal SPECT was only 36%. Among these 268, 69 patients had no structural lesions on MR, 14 of whom had decreased perfusion on interictal SPECT (8 trues and 6 falses (adjacent or contralateral)). Structural lesion were found in 199 on MR, 103 of whom had decreased perfusion (89 trues and 14 falses). Among 26 having discordant cases, 10 interictal SPECT were proved wrong after operation and/or invasive EEG and the other 16 were on speculation using PET and ictal EEG. Ictal hyperperfusion was observed in 14 patients in these interictal SPECT. Six ictal studies were found postictal accompanied by contralateral propagation or not. Two patients had dual pathology, and the remaining 2 unknown. Interictal SPECT was done on the 2nd day after ictal study(24), the 3rd day (18), the 4th day(16), the 5th day (23). Four among 24 interictal studies (17%) of the 2nd day and the other 4 among 57 of 3rd to 5th day revealed ictal hyperperfusion on interictal SPECT. Six interictal studies (2.7% among 221) acquired on the indifferent day showed also ictal hyperperfusion. We could suggest that the next day is not desirable for interictal SPECT after ictal study, as ictal hyperperfusion on interictal study confounded more than postictal findings of ictal SPECT in the discrete localization than reassuring ictal study

  2. Clinical utility of the Wechsler Memory Scale - Fourth Edition (WMS-IV) in patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Bouman, Z.; Elhorst, D.; Hendriks, M.P.H.; Kessels, R.P.C.; Aldenkamp, A.P.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: The Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS) is one of the most widely used test batteries to assess memory functions in patients with brain dysfunctions of different etiologies. This study examined the clinical validation of the Dutch Wechsler Memory Scale-Fourth Edition (WMS-IV-NL) in patients wi

  3. Excitatory amino acid transporters EAAT-1 and EAAT-2 in temporal lobe and hippocampus in intractable temporal lobe epilepsy

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    Sarac, Sinan; Afzal, Shoaib; Broholm, Helle;

    2009-01-01

    extra-cellular clearance of glutamate by excitatory amino acid transporters (EAAT-1 to EAAT-5). EAAT-1 and EAAT-2 are mainly expressed on astroglial cells for the reuptake of glutamate from the extra-cellular space. We have studied the expression of EAAT-1 and EAAT-2 in the hippocampus and temporal lobe...

  4. Genetic Causes of Generalized Epilepsies.

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    Helbig, Ingo

    2015-06-01

    Generalized epilepsies, particularly the idiopathic or genetic generalized epilepsies (GGEs), represent some of the most common epilepsies. Clinical genetic data including family studies and twin studies provide compelling evidence for a prominent genetic impact. The first decade of the 21st century was marked by progress in understanding the basic biology of generalized epilepsies including generalized/genetic epilepsies with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) and GGE through studies of large families, discovering causative mutations in SCN1A, SCN1B, GABRG2, and GABRA1. Subsequently, recurrent microdeletions at 15q13.3, 16p13.11, and 15q11.2 were found to be relevant risk factors for nonfamilial GGE. Genes for epileptic encephalopathies such as SLC2A1 were rediscovered in GGE, highlighting the biological continuum between different epilepsies. Genome-wide studies examining common genetic risk factors identified common variants in SCN1A, indicating a convergence of shared pathophysiological pathways in various types of epilepsies. In the era of next-generation sequencing, however, the GGEs appear more complex than expected, and small or moderately sized studies give only a limited genetic perspective. Thus, there is a strong impetus for large collaborative investigations on an international level. PMID:26060908

  5. Update on ketogenic diet therapies in epilepsy%生酮饮食疗法治疗癫(癎)新进展

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    廖建湘; 陈瑞东

    2015-01-01

    生酮饮食(KD)最早用于治疗癫(癎),近年来对难治性癫(癎)的治疗取得较好效果,特别是在Dravet综合征、Doose综合征、婴儿痉挛症、发热性感染相关癫(癎)综合征(FIRES)、结节性硬化症和局灶性皮质发育不良等顽固性、结构性癫(癎)等的治疗方面,有了更多的临床证据,尤其是KD能够改善认知、言语和行为问题,值得重视.%Although the ketogenic diet(KD) has originally been used to treat epilepsies,plenty of evidence about the efficacy to intractable epilepsy has not accumulated until recently.These epilepsy or epilepsy syndrome include:Dravet syndrome,Doose syndrome,infantile spasms,Angelman syndrome with epilepsy,tuberous sclerosis complex and focal cerebral dysplasia or other structural epilepsy.It is worth paying more attention to the efficacy of KD on cognition,language development and behavior problems.

  6. SPECT in Focal Epilepsies

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    Roderick Duncan

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Brain perfusion changes during seizures were first observed in the 1930s. Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT was developed in the 1970s, and tracers suitable for the imaging of regional cerebral perfusion (rCP became available in the 1980s. The method was first used to study rCP in the interictal phase, and this showed areas of low perfusion in a proportion of cases, mainly in patients with temporal lobe epilepsies. However, the trapping paradigm of tracers such as hexamethyl propyleneamine oxime (HMPAO provided a practicable method of studying changes in rCP during seizures, and a literature was established in the late 1980s and early 1990s showing a typical sequence of changes during and after seizures of mesial temporal lobe origin; the ictal phase was associated with large increases in perfusion throughout the temporal lobe, with first the lateral, then the mesial temporal lobe becoming hypoperfused in the postictal phase. Activation and inhibition of other structures, such as the basal ganglia and frontal cortex, were also seen. Studies of seizures originating elsewhere in the brain have shown a variety of patterns of change, according to the structures involved. These changes have been used practically to aid the process of localisation of the epileptogenic zone so that epilepsy surgery can be planned.

  7. Natural approaches to epilepsy.

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    Gaby, Alan R

    2007-03-01

    This article reviews research on the use of diet, nutritional supplements, and hormones in the treatment of epilepsy. Potentially beneficial dietary interventions include identifying and treating blood glucose dysregulation, identifying and avoiding allergenic foods, and avoiding suspected triggering agents such as alcohol, aspartame, and monosodium glutamate. The ketogenic diet may be considered for severe, treatment-resistant cases. The Atkins diet (very low in carbohydrates) is a less restrictive type of ketogenic diet that may be effective in some cases. Nutrients that may reduce seizure frequency include vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese, taurine, dimethylglycine, and omega-3 fatty acids. Administration of thiamine may improve cognitive function in patients with epilepsy. Supplementation with folic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, vitamin D, and L-carnitine may be needed to prevent or treat deficiencies resulting from the use of anticonvulsant drugs. Vitamin K1 has been recommended near the end of pregnancy for women taking anticonvulsants. Melatonin may reduce seizure frequency in some cases, and progesterone may be useful for women with cyclic exacerbations of seizures. In most cases, nutritional therapy is not a substitute for anticonvulsant medications. However, in selected cases, depending on the effectiveness of the interventions, dosage reductions or discontinuation of medications may be possible.

  8. Radiological diagnosis in epilepsy

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    Results: Hippocampal sclerosis, the most frequent cause of focal epilepsy, can be detected with 90-98% sensitivity by visual analysis and quantitative signal and volume measurement of the hippocampi in high-resolution coronal T2-weighted MR images. Benign tumors, such as gangliogliomas and dysembryoplastic neuoepithelial tumors (DNT), as well as cortical dysplasias are frequently composed of cystic and solid parts, which may show calcification, but never edema. Bloodbrain-barrier disruption as seen in approximately 40% of the benign tumors are the only feature that allows to differentiate them from non-neoplastic dysplasias. In rare cases of totally calcified lesions, CT may be the only diagnostic imaging modality. Proton-density-weighted or FLAIR imaging is essential for the detection of small solid cortical lesion components, because they provide sufficient contrast with adjacent CSF. T1-weighted inversion recovery images are most sensitive for the detection of migration and gyration abnormalities. The depiction of calcified lesions and hemosiderin deposits after trauma is most efficient with T2* weighted gradient echo sequences. Conclusions: With further rapid improvent of high resolution MRI techniques, the near future will probably show that nearly 100% of focal epilepsies are caused by structural brain abnormalities. With refined imaging techniques applied, the sensitivity of neuroradiological evaluation is 90% at present. Therefore presurgical MRI plays a key role in epilespy surgery. (orig.)

  9. Phenotype definition in epilepsy.

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    Winawer, Melodie R

    2006-05-01

    Phenotype definition consists of the use of epidemiologic, biological, molecular, or computational methods to systematically select features of a disorder that might result from distinct genetic influences. By carefully defining the target phenotype, or dividing the sample by phenotypic characteristics, we can hope to narrow the range of genes that influence risk for the trait in the study population, thereby increasing the likelihood of finding them. In this article, fundamental issues that arise in phenotyping in epilepsy and other disorders are reviewed, and factors complicating genotype-phenotype correlation are discussed. Methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation are addressed, focusing on epidemiologic studies. With this foundation in place, the epilepsy subtypes and clinical features that appear to have a genetic basis are described, and the epidemiologic studies that have provided evidence for the heritability of these phenotypic characteristics, supporting their use in future genetic investigations, are reviewed. Finally, several molecular approaches to phenotype definition are discussed, in which the molecular defect, rather than the clinical phenotype, is used as a starting point.

  10. Managing epilepsy in pregnancy

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    Sanjeev V Thomas

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available There are close to one and half million women with epilepsy (WWE in reproductive age group in India. WWE have several unique gender-specific problems in the biological and social domains. Women experience more social stigma from epilepsy and have more difficulty with education and employment. They have more difficulty to get married and sustain successful family life. Reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone have opposing effect on seizure threshold. WWE have increased risk of infertility. About 10% of their babies may have major congenital malformations. Most of the adverse biological outcomes for WWE are related to adverse effects of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs. Traditional AEDs like phenobarbitone and sodium valproate are probably associated with increased risk of fetal malformations or other adverse fetal outcomes. Polytherapy and use of high dose of any AED is associated with higher risk fetal complications. It is very important that all WWE have a preconception evaluation done by a neurologist, when the need to continue AEDs or possibility of reducing AED load could be assessed. All WWE need to take folic acid 5 mg daily during preconception period and pregnancy. They should undergo a detailed screening for fetal malformations between 12 and 18 weeks of pregnancy. The neurologist, gynecologist, imageologist and pediatrician need to work as a team while managing pregnancy in WWE. It is important to reassure WWE and their relatives that pregnancy is safe in WWE and their children are healthy in more than 90% instances.

  11. Natural approaches to epilepsy.

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    Gaby, Alan R

    2007-03-01

    This article reviews research on the use of diet, nutritional supplements, and hormones in the treatment of epilepsy. Potentially beneficial dietary interventions include identifying and treating blood glucose dysregulation, identifying and avoiding allergenic foods, and avoiding suspected triggering agents such as alcohol, aspartame, and monosodium glutamate. The ketogenic diet may be considered for severe, treatment-resistant cases. The Atkins diet (very low in carbohydrates) is a less restrictive type of ketogenic diet that may be effective in some cases. Nutrients that may reduce seizure frequency include vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese, taurine, dimethylglycine, and omega-3 fatty acids. Administration of thiamine may improve cognitive function in patients with epilepsy. Supplementation with folic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, vitamin D, and L-carnitine may be needed to prevent or treat deficiencies resulting from the use of anticonvulsant drugs. Vitamin K1 has been recommended near the end of pregnancy for women taking anticonvulsants. Melatonin may reduce seizure frequency in some cases, and progesterone may be useful for women with cyclic exacerbations of seizures. In most cases, nutritional therapy is not a substitute for anticonvulsant medications. However, in selected cases, depending on the effectiveness of the interventions, dosage reductions or discontinuation of medications may be possible. PMID:17397265

  12. Clinical Observation on Intractable Insomnia Treated by Point Pressure in 42 Cases

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    2002-01-01

    @@ The author have in recent years treated 42 cases of intractable insomnia (with a history of over 2 years) by point pressure, yielding quite satisfactory results when compared with those treated with clonazepam. This is reported as follows.

  13. Melatonin’s Effect in Febrile Seizures and Epilepsy

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    2014-07-01

    . Geme III JW, Behrman RE. Nelson textbook of pediatrics. 19th ed. Phila: Saunders, 2011:2013-2039.Camfield PR, Canfield CS. Epilepsy. In: Swaiman KF, Ashwal S, Ferriero DM, editors. Pediatric neurology: principles and practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Mosby, 2006:981-8.Chang BS, Lowenstein DH. Epilepsy, N Eng J Med 2003, 13:1257-1266.Aydin A, Ergor A, Ergor G, Dirik E. The prevalence of epilepsy amongst school children in Izmir, Turkey, Seizure 2002; 11: 392–396.10.Jan MM, Girvin JP. Febrile seizures. Update and controversies. Neurosciences (Riyadh 2004; 9:235-42.French JA. Febrile seizures: possible outcomes. Neurology2012; 28; 79:e80-2.Guo JF,Yao JF. Serum melatonin levels in children with epilepsy or FS, Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi2009, 11:288-90 (Medline.Reiter RJ. Melatonin: clinical relevance, Best Pract. Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 2003, 17: 273-285.Seithikurippu R, Perumal P, Trakh I, Srinivasan V, Spence DW, Maestroni GJM, Zisapel N, Cardinali DP. Physiological effects of melatonin Role of melatonin receptors and signal transduction pathways, Prog Neurobiol 85, 2008: 335-353.Ardura J, Andres J, Garmendia JR, Ardura F. Melatonin in epilepsy and FS.J Child Neurol 2010; 25:888-91.Ganesh R, Janakiraman L, Meenakshi B. Serum zinc levels are low in children with simple FS compared with those in children with epileptic seizures and controls.Ann Trop Paediatr 2011; 31:345-9.Bazil CW, Short D, Crispin D, Zheng W. Patients with intractable epilepsy have low melatonin, which increases following seizures. Neurology 2000; 55:1746-8.Yalyn O, Arman F, Erdogan F, Kula M. A comparison of the circadian rhythmsand the levels of melatonin in patients with diurnal and nocturnal complexpartial seizures. Epilepsy Behav 2006;8:542-6.Schapel GJ, Beran RG, Kennaway DL, McLoughney J, Matthews CD. Melatonin response in active epilepsy. Epilepsia 1995; 36:75-8.Ekmekcioglu C. Melatonin receptors in humans: biological role and clinical relevance,Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy 2006,60: 97

  14. Parenteral lidocaine for treatment of intractable renal colic: a case series

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    2011-01-01

    Abstract Introduction We report a case series of successful treatment of intractable renal colic using parenteral lidocaine. Case presentation Because of inconsistent responses to standard treatment with opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in patients with renal colic pain, we decided to begin a trial of a single intravenous dose of lidocaine (approximately 1.5 mg/kg) slowly in eight patients with intractable renal colic who were referred to our emergency medicine department. Th...

  15. Experimental therapy of epilepsy with transcranial magnetic stimulation: lack of additional benefit with prolonged treatment

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    Brasil-Neto Joaquim P.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of three months of low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS treatment in intractable epilepsy. METHODS: Five patients (four males, one female; ages 6 to 50 years, were enrolled in the study; their epilepsy could not be controlled by medical treatment and surgery was not indicated. rTMS was performed twice a week for three months; patients kept records of seizure frequency for an equal period of time before, during, and after rTMS sessions. rTMS was delivered to the vertex with a round coil, at an intensity 5 % below motor threshold. During rTMS sessions, 100 stimuli (five series of 20 stimuli, with one-minute intervals between series were delivered at a frequency of 0.3 Hz. RESULTS: Mean daily number of seizures (MDNS decreased in three patients and increased in two during rTMS- one of these was treated for only one month; the best result was achieved in a patient with focal cortical dysplasia (reduction of 43.09 % in MDNS. In the whole patient group, there was a significant (p<0.01 decrease in MDNS of 22.8 %. CONCLUSION: Although prolonged rTMS treatment is safe and moderately decreases MDNS in a group of patients with intractable epilepsy, individual patient responses were mostly subtle and clinical relevance of this method is probably low. Our data suggest, however, that patients with focal cortical lesions may indeed benefit from this novel treatment. Further studies should concentrate on that patient subgroup.

  16. [Parental attitude and adjustment to childhood epilepsy].

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    Ju, S H; Chang, P F; Chen, Y J; Huang, C C; Tsai, J J

    1990-01-01

    Parental attitude and adjustment were examined in 20 epileptic children (ages 6.8-16.6 yrs), using semi-structured interview. The results indicated that parental understandings of epilepsy were generally poor and incorrect. Fifteen (75%) of 20 parents had their own interpretations of causality and 19 (95%) had unrealistic hope for early and complete cure. Parents tended to overprotect and overrestrict their children. Sixteen (80%) concealed the illness for fear of social prejudice, therefore the social support systems were generally poorly utilized. As in other chronic diseases, all parents went through feelings of shock, denial, anger, guilt, fear, anxiety and depression. Family relationships were not affected much, however, poor communications were commonly found between parents and children. Thirteen (65%) parents never talked to their children about epilepsy. We concluded that parents of epileptic children showed negative attitudes toward their children and had difficulties in their psychosocial adjustment probably related to social stigmata and misunderstanding of the illness. Therefore, communication between physician and parents in both medical and psychosocial aspects should be encouraged. PMID:2275364

  17. Caregiver Burden in Epilepsy: Determinants and Impact

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    Ioannis Karakis

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Caregiver burden (CB in epilepsy constitutes an understudied area. Here we attempt to identify the magnitude of this burden, the factors associated with it, and its impact to caregiver quality of life (QOL. Methods. 48 persons with epilepsy (PWE underwent video-EEG monitoring and their caregivers completed questionnaires providing demographic, disease-related, psychiatric, cognitive, sleep, QOL, and burden information. Results. On regression analysis, higher number of antiepileptic drugs, poorer patient neuropsychological performance, lower patient QOL score, and lower caregiver education level were associated with higher CB. Time allocated to patient care approximated but did not attain statistical significance. A moderate inverse correlation between CB and caregiver QOL physical component summary score and a stronger inverse correlation between CB and caregiver QOL mental component summary score were seen. Conclusion. In a selected cohort of PWE undergoing video-EEG monitoring, we identified modest degree of CB, comparable to that reported in the literature for other chronic neurological conditions. It is associated with specific patient and caregiver characteristics and has a negative effect on caregiver QOL.

  18. Clinical characteristics of patients with benign nonlesional temporal lobe epilepsy

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Jiyeon Kim,1 Seong Hoon Kim,2 Sung Chul Lim,2 Woojun Kim,2 Young-Min Shon3 1Department of Neurology, Korea University Ansan Hospital, College of Medicine, Korea University, Ansan, 2Department of Neurology, Catholic Neuroscience Institute, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seocho-gu, 3Department of Neurology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea Purpose: To evaluate the evolution of nonlesional temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE-NL in patients treated exclusively with antiepileptic drugs and to elucidate clinical phenotypes related to the prognosis of these patients.Methods: Clinical, radiological, and electroencephalographic (EEG findings in 84 patients with TLE-NL were reviewed. A good response group (GRG and a poor response group (PRG were defined if the duration of their seizure-free period was >1 year, or <1 year, respectively.Results: There were 46 (54.8% patients in the GRG and 38 (45.2% patients in the PRG. The number of antiepileptic drugs administered was significantly lower in the GRG than that in the PRG (1.3±0.8 vs 2.8±1.0, respectively; P<0.05. The GRG had a significantly older age of onset than the PRG and a lower occurrence of initial precipitating events, such as febrile seizures, central nervous system infection, and head trauma (P<0.05. The prevalence of EEG abnormality, presence of aura, generalized seizures, and automatism was less frequently observed in the GRG (P<0.05. Multivariate analysis showed that the presence of automatism and initial precipitating events were significantly associated with a poor prognosis (P<0.05.Conclusion: In contrast to the commonly assumed intractability of TLE, we found that more than 54% of patients with TLE-NL achieved a long seizure-free period. Older age at onset of TLE-NL was associated with a better prognosis. However, the presence of automatism and initial precipitating events were related to a poor prognosis. Future prospective

  19. Identifying Family History and Substance Use Associations for Adult Epilepsy from the Electronic Health Record

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    Wang, Yan; Chen, Elizabeth S.; Leppik, Ilo; Pakhomov, Serguei; Sarkar, Indra Neil; Melton, Genevieve B.

    2016-01-01

    Epilepsy is a prevalent chronic neurological disorder afflicting about 50 million people worldwide. There is evidence of a strong relationship between familial risk factors and epilepsy, as well as associations with substance use. The goal of this study was to explore the interactions between familial risk factors and substance use based on structured data from the family and social history modules of an electronic health record system for adult epilepsy patients. A total of 8,957patients with 38,802 family history entries and 8,822 substance use entries were gathered and mined for associations at different levels of granularity for three age groupings (>18, 18-64, and ≥65 years old). Our results demonstrate the value of an association rule mining approach to validate knowledge of familial risk factors. The preliminary findings also suggest that substance use does not demonstrate significant association between social and familial risk factors for epilepsy. PMID:27570679

  20. Identifying Family History and Substance Use Associations for Adult Epilepsy from the Electronic Health Record.

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    Wang, Yan; Chen, Elizabeth S; Leppik, Ilo; Pakhomov, Serguei; Sarkar, Indra Neil; Melton, Genevieve B

    2016-01-01

    Epilepsy is a prevalent chronic neurological disorder afflicting about 50 million people worldwide. There is evidence of a strong relationship between familial risk factors and epilepsy, as well as associations with substance use. The goal of this study was to explore the interactions between familial risk factors and substance use based on structured data from the family and social history modules of an electronic health record system for adult epilepsy patients. A total of 8,957patients with 38,802 family history entries and 8,822 substance use entries were gathered and mined for associations at different levels of granularity for three age groupings (>18, 18-64, and ≥65 years old). Our results demonstrate the value of an association rule mining approach to validate knowledge of familial risk factors. The preliminary findings also suggest that substance use does not demonstrate significant association between social and familial risk factors for epilepsy. PMID:27570679

  1. Recovery of heavy metals from intractable wastes: A thermal approach

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    Kirk, D.W. [Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

    1996-12-31

    The generation of industrial solid wastes containing leachable species of environmental concern is a problem for developing and developed nations alike. These materials arise from direct processing of mineral ores, from production of metals and minerals, from manufacturing operations, and from air and water pollution treatment processes. The general characteristics that make these wastes intractable is that their content of hazardous species is not easily liberated from the waste yet is not bound so tightly that they are safe for landfill disposal or industrial use. The approach taken in this work is a thermal treatment that separates the inorganic contaminants from the wastes. The objective is to provide recovery and reuse of both the residual solids and liberated contaminants. The results from operating this technique using two very different types of waste are described. The reasons that the process will work for a wide variety of wastes are explored. By using the knowledge of the thermodynamic stability of the phases found from the characterization analyses, a thermal regime was found that allowed separation of the contaminants without capturing the matrix materials. Bench scale studies were carried out using a tube furnace. Samples of the wastes were heated in crucible boats from 750 to 1150{degrees}C in the presence of various chlorinating agents. The offgas contained 90{sup +}% of the targeted contaminants despite their complex matrix form. The residue was free of contamination. As a result of the efficient concentrating mechanism of the process, the contaminants in the offgas solids are attractive for reuse in metallurgical industries. As an additional benefit, the organic contaminants of the residues were eliminated. Dioxin traces in the solids before treatment were absent after treatment. 15 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  2. INTRACTABLE SEIZURE DISORDERS: EFFICACY OF THE CLASSIC KETOGENIC DIET

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveThe ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low carbohydrate, adequate protein diet,developed in the 1920s for the management of intractable seizure disorders in children. To evaluate efficacy and tolerability of the classic ketogenic diet, we analyzed records of the children started on the diet from 1999 to 2006 at the Mofid children's hospital.Materials & MethodsThe subjects were 87 children, mean age 55 months. Before initiation of the diet, 55% of the patients had seizures, at least 1-4 times per day, 36% - 5 or more per day and 9% - 2 to 4 times per week. Mean number of Anti Epileptic Drugs (AEDs tried for them was 8 and 67% were receiving three or more drugs.ResultsThe ketogenic diet showed drastic improvement, with at least 50% reduction in seizure frequency in 87% of our patients, 39% of whom showed complete seizure control in the third month. After one year, in 80% of the patients who returned, improvement continued, with 26% of them being seizure free; besides, 23% had one AED decreased, 36% had two or three AEDs decreased, and 25% (one child had all AEDs discontinued. Of the 30 improved cases, 20%, at the end of the first year, had improved behavior as well, and 23% of them had become more alert. The median diet duration of the improved group was 15 months.ConclusionThe improvement in our patients, low side effects, and the duration of diet by families reveal that the ketogenic diet can still be a very useful alternative therapy in certain epileptic children.

  3. Epilepsy in Adults with TSC

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  4. Adolescents' lived experience of epilepsy.

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    Eklund, Pernilla Garmy; Sivberg, Bengt

    2003-02-01

    To improve the well-being of adolescents with epilepsy, research is needed on how adolescents cope. In this study, Lazarus' model of stress and coping and Antonovsky's Theory of Sense of Coherence were used as the theoretical framework. The aim was to describe the lived experience of adolescents with epilepsy and their coping skills. The participants were 13-19 years old with an epilepsy diagnosis but without mental retardation or cerebral palsy. The study was performed in southern Sweden at the pediatric department of a university hospital. Semistructured and open-ended interviews were conducted with 13 adolescents. The transcripts were analyzed with manifest and latent content analysis. All the adolescents had developed strategies to cope with the emotional strains caused by epilepsy. They experienced strains from the seizures, limitation of leisure activities, side effects of medication, and feelings of being different. The coping strategies described were finding support, being in control, and experimenting.

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  13. Absence Epilepsy and Moyamoya Disease

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    The case of a 6-year-old girl with typical absence epilepsy associated with moyamoya disease (MMD) is reported from the Department of Neurosurgery, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan.

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  1. Epilepsy and Fine Motor Function

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    Investigators at Kocaeli University, Pediatric Neurology OP Clinic, Turkey, studied the relationship between fine motor skills and seizure and treatment parameters in 44 children with rolandic epilepsy (RE) and compared to 44 healthy controls.

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  3. Problematic behavior in children with epilepsy: issues and management.

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    Taylor, David; Besag, Frank

    2013-01-01

    This chapter is written on the premise the neurologist who will take on a new case of epilepsy or will have behavioral problems arise in an old case. "behavioral problems" is preferred to "psychiatric disorders" because the behavior is described by the parents and can be evident to the neurologist. All "behavior" is organized in the brain and can be dysfunctional if cerebral function is impaired by lesions, by genetic aberrations, or by medications. Epilepsy is also liable to give rise to prejudicial responses in all concerned. A detailed history of the family unit is essential from the start. The "illness" of epilepsy will arise from structural "disease" and will give rise to a painful "predicament"; anguish, distress. And all this is in a particular context. The best possible solution for the child will have to be "negotiated," rather than prescribed. Psychopathology also arises from "everyday life"; from the fact of chronic illness; and from alienation. These aspects are explored in detail. Mental handicap, specific learning difficulties, ADHD, and autism are frequently specifically associated with epilepsy. PMID:23622217

  4. [The systematization of epilepsy remissions].

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    Gromov, S A; Fedotenkova, T N

    1995-01-01

    Problems of systematization of remissions of epileptic seizures and epilepsy are discussed on the basis of clinical examination of 341 epileptic patients with seizures suppressed for many years and international classifications of epilepsy. A classification, developed by the authors, is presented. It reflects stages of regress of the disease in achievement of prolonged (for years) control of seizures. The possibility of drug dependence development in these therapeutic remissions is also taken into consideration.

  5. Epilepsie und Schwangerschaft

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    Luef G

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsien sind eine der häufigsten neurologischen Erkrankungen und umfassen eine Vielzahl von heterogenen Erkrankungen, welche epileptische Anfälle als gemeinsames Symptom besitzen. Schwangerschaften epilepsiekranker Frauen beschäftigen Neurologen und Gynäkologen gleich häufig, da sowohl epileptische Anfälle mit tonisch-klonischen Krämpfen, als auch deren medikamentöse Therapie teratogen sein können. Über 90 % der Schwangerschaften epilepsiekranker Frauen verlaufen weitgehend problemlos. Auch die Anfallsfrequenz ist nur bei sehr wenigen Patientinnen gesteigert. Trotzdem ist es wichtig, dass im speziellen Fall schwangerer Epilepsiepatientinnen verschiedene Fachkräfte zusammenarbeiten. Eine Epilepsie stellt also in der Regel keinen Grund dar, auf Kinder zu verzichten.

  6. Steroids in childhood epilepsy

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    Ramachandrannair Rajesh

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Treatment of epileptic encephalopathies can be very challenging as most anticonvulsant drugs fail to achieve good seizure control. Steroids are disease modifying as well as anticonvulsant in these conditions. Though steroids are accepted as the first-line treatment for infantile spasms, there are many unanswered questions with regard to the preparation, dose and duration of treatment. In this review a re-exploration of the literature is attempted. Putative mechanism of action of steroids in infantile spasms is also discussed. As steroids are being increasingly used in other epileptic encephalopathies and Rasmussen′s encephalitis, a brief discussion on the role of steroids in these conditions is attempted. The review ends with the discussion on newer neuroactive steroids in the management of epilepsy.

  7. Epilepsy in Dante's poetry.

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    Mula, Marco

    2016-04-01

    Dante Alighieri is the greatest Italian poet and one of the most important writers in Western literature. He is best known for the epic poem "Commedia", later named "La Divina Commedia" that has profoundly influenced not only poetic imagination but also all subsequent allegorical creations of imaginary worlds in literature. This paper examines the poetic description of some episodes of loss of consciousness in Dante's poetry discussing how and why typical elements of epileptic seizures have been used. On the 750th anniversary of Dante's birth, his poetry still remains to be an inspiring source of debate and reflection. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Epilepsy, Art, and Creativity". PMID:26907926

  8. Gastaut type idiopathic occipital epilepsy

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    I. V. Volkov

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic occipital epilepsy is a rare epileptic syndrome. Its incidence in a Novosibirsk cohort of patients with idiopathic focal epilepsy is 0.9%. Objective: to present a clinical description of new cases of Gastaut syndrome, the types of its course, and treatment options in these patients. Patients and methods. The study covers 17 cases of Gastaut type idiopathic occipital epilepsy in 13 women and 4 men aged 11–53 years. Results. Among 17 cases we present 4 family cases with the disease. Three generations in 2 families were observed to have epilepsy, including Gastaut syndrome concurrent with childhood absence epilepsy. The adolescent onset of the disease was seen in most cases. Its main symptoms were focal visual seizures (100%, focal sensory seizures (58.9%, cephalalgia (47.1%, speech disorders (41.2%, and secondarily generalized convulsive seizures (35.3%. According to the frequency of seizures, the investigators identified 5 types of the course: single focal seizures, rare focal seizures with or without convulsions, frequent focal seizures with or without convulsions. The identity of the course of epilepsy was found in familial cases. 76.5% of the patients had a good quality of life: 41.2% of them were untreated while 35.3% were treated; no seizures were noted. 

  9. Novel Histopathological Patterns in Cortical Tubers of Epilepsy Surgery Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

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    Hulshof, Hanna M.; Scholl, Theresa; Iyer, Anand M.; Anink, Jasper J.; van den Ouweland, Ans M. W.; Nellist, Mark D.; Jansen, Floor E.; Spliet, Wim G. M.; Krsek, Pavel; Benova, Barbora; Zamecnik, Josef; Crino, Peter B.; Prayer, Daniela; Czech, Thomas; Wöhrer, Adelheid; Rahimi, Jasmin; Höftberger, Romana; Hainfellner, Johannes A.; Feucht, Martha; Aronica, Eleonora

    2016-01-01

    Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a genetic hamartoma syndrome frequently associated with severe intractable epilepsy. In some TSC patients epilepsy surgery is a promising treatment option provided that the epileptogenic zone can be precisely delineated. TSC brain lesions (cortical tubers) contain dysmorphic neurons, brightly eosinophilic giant cells and white matter alterations in various proportions. However, a histological classification system has not been established for tubers. Therefore, the aim of this study was to define distinct histological patterns within tubers based on semi-automated histological quantification and to find clinically significant correlations. In total, we studied 28 cortical tubers and seven samples of perituberal cortex from 28 TSC patients who had undergone epilepsy surgery. We assessed mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) activation, the numbers of giant cells, dysmorphic neurons, neurons, and oligodendrocytes, and calcification, gliosis, angiogenesis, inflammation, and myelin content. Three distinct histological profiles emerged based on the proportion of calcifications, dysmorphic neurons and giant cells designated types A, B, and C. In the latter two types we were able to subsequently associate them with specific features on presurgical MRI. Therefore, these histopathological patterns provide consistent criteria for improved definition of the clinico-pathological features of cortical tubers identified by MRI and provide a basis for further exploration of the functional and molecular features of cortical tubers in TSC. PMID:27295297

  10. Novel Histopathological Patterns in Cortical Tubers of Epilepsy Surgery Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

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    Mühlebner, Angelika; van Scheppingen, Jackelien; Hulshof, Hanna M; Scholl, Theresa; Iyer, Anand M; Anink, Jasper J; van den Ouweland, Ans M W; Nellist, Mark D; Jansen, Floor E; Spliet, Wim G M; Krsek, Pavel; Benova, Barbora; Zamecnik, Josef; Crino, Peter B; Prayer, Daniela; Czech, Thomas; Wöhrer, Adelheid; Rahimi, Jasmin; Höftberger, Romana; Hainfellner, Johannes A; Feucht, Martha; Aronica, Eleonora

    2016-01-01

    Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a genetic hamartoma syndrome frequently associated with severe intractable epilepsy. In some TSC patients epilepsy surgery is a promising treatment option provided that the epileptogenic zone can be precisely delineated. TSC brain lesions (cortical tubers) contain dysmorphic neurons, brightly eosinophilic giant cells and white matter alterations in various proportions. However, a histological classification system has not been established for tubers. Therefore, the aim of this study was to define distinct histological patterns within tubers based on semi-automated histological quantification and to find clinically significant correlations. In total, we studied 28 cortical tubers and seven samples of perituberal cortex from 28 TSC patients who had undergone epilepsy surgery. We assessed mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) activation, the numbers of giant cells, dysmorphic neurons, neurons, and oligodendrocytes, and calcification, gliosis, angiogenesis, inflammation, and myelin content. Three distinct histological profiles emerged based on the proportion of calcifications, dysmorphic neurons and giant cells designated types A, B, and C. In the latter two types we were able to subsequently associate them with specific features on presurgical MRI. Therefore, these histopathological patterns provide consistent criteria for improved definition of the clinico-pathological features of cortical tubers identified by MRI and provide a basis for further exploration of the functional and molecular features of cortical tubers in TSC. PMID:27295297

  11. Novel Histopathological Patterns in Cortical Tubers of Epilepsy Surgery Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

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    Angelika Mühlebner

    Full Text Available Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC is a genetic hamartoma syndrome frequently associated with severe intractable epilepsy. In some TSC patients epilepsy surgery is a promising treatment option provided that the epileptogenic zone can be precisely delineated. TSC brain lesions (cortical tubers contain dysmorphic neurons, brightly eosinophilic giant cells and white matter alterations in various proportions. However, a histological classification system has not been established for tubers. Therefore, the aim of this study was to define distinct histological patterns within tubers based on semi-automated histological quantification and to find clinically significant correlations. In total, we studied 28 cortical tubers and seven samples of perituberal cortex from 28 TSC patients who had undergone epilepsy surgery. We assessed mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1 activation, the numbers of giant cells, dysmorphic neurons, neurons, and oligodendrocytes, and calcification, gliosis, angiogenesis, inflammation, and myelin content. Three distinct histological profiles emerged based on the proportion of calcifications, dysmorphic neurons and giant cells designated types A, B, and C. In the latter two types we were able to subsequently associate them with specific features on presurgical MRI. Therefore, these histopathological patterns provide consistent criteria for improved definition of the clinico-pathological features of cortical tubers identified by MRI and provide a basis for further exploration of the functional and molecular features of cortical tubers in TSC.

  12. The combination of morphine and minocycline may be a good treatment for intractable post-herpetic neuralgia.

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    Chen, Suchang; Hui, Hui; Zhang, Deren; Xue, Yanzhi

    2010-12-01

    Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a devastating complication of shingles. The treatment of PHN with traditional pharmaceutical agents has various side effects. Therefore, the treatment of intractable PHN is often very time consuming, mainly because the available treatments often lead to intolerable side effects before the efficient dose can be reached. Opioids such as morphine and oxycodone are the most widely used drugs for the alleviation for severe chronic pain. A number of high quality studies demonstrated that opioids are effective in relieving neuropathic pain including PHN. Yet concerns of misuse, abuse and tolerance of opioids have, however, severely influenced their contribution to neuropathic pain, especially the tolerance that resulted in a loss of drug effect or the necessity for escalating doses to produce pain relief. The glia cells, particularly microglia and astrocytes are thought to play an important role in central sensitization. It is known that activated microglia cells produce NO, cytokines, and cyclooxygenase. All of these chemicals regulate synaptic transmissions in the central nervous system. Additionally, glia modulations showed antiallodynic and antihyperalgesic properties in various experimental pain models. Minocycline, a semisynthetic, second-generation tetracycline can potently inhibit microglial activation and proliferation. Also, the growing body of recent evidence indicates that minocycline attenuates morphine tolerance in neuropathic mice with a mechanism related to microglia. The combination of morphine and minocycline has synergetic effect. This can prevent the development of intractable PHN and attenuate morphine antinociceptive tolerance and further improve the efficacy of morphine and therefore reducing its dosage and side effects. We thereby hypothesize that the combination of morphine and minocycline may produce a duel effect of morphine antinociceptive and minocycline selectively inhibiting the activation of microglia. PMID

  13. Selective embolization of the internal iliac arteries for the treatment of intractable hemorrhage in children with malignancies

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    Sul Hee Bae

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose : Acute internal hemorrhage is an occasionally life-threatening complication in pediatric cancer patients. Many therapeutic approaches have been used to control bleeding with various degrees of success. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of selective internal iliac artery embolization for controlling acute intractable bleeding in children with malignancies. Methods : We retrospectively evaluated the cases of 6 children with various malignancies (acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia, Langerhans cell histiocytosis, and rhabdomyosarcoma, who had undergone selective arterial embolization (SAE of the internal iliac artery at the Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital between January 2004 and December 2009. SAE was performed by an interventional radiologist using Gelfoam&#9415; and/or Tornado&#9415; coils. Results : The patients were 5 boys and 1 girl with median age of 6.9 years (range, 0.7&#8211;14.8 years at the time of SAE. SAE was performed once in 4 patients and twice in 2, and the procedure was unilateral in 2 and bilateral in 4. The causes of hemorrhage were as follows: hemorrhagic cystitis (HC in 3 patients, procedure-related internal iliac artery injuries in 2 patients, and tumor rupture in 1 patient. Initial attempt at conservative management was unsuccessful. Of the 6 patients, 5 (83.3% showed improvement after SAE without complications. Conclusion : SAE may be a safe and effective procedure for controlling acute intractable hemorrhage in pediatric malignancy patients. This procedure may obviate the need for surgery, which carries an attendant risk of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients with critical conditions.

  14. Perceptions regarding a range of work-related issues and corresponding support needs of individuals with an intractable disease

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    Imahashi, Kumiko; Fukatsu, Reiko; Nakajima, Yasoichi; Nakamura, Megumi; Ito, Tateo; Horigome, Mariko; Haruna, Yuichiro; Noda, Tatsuya; Itoyama, Yasuto

    2016-01-01

    Summary A number of persons with an intractable disease (ID) experience work-related problems that could lead to job loss. The aim of this study was to ascertain perceptions regarding a range of work-related issues and corresponding support needs of individuals with an ID. Potential participants were people ages 15 to 64 with one of the 130 intractable chronic diseases designated in the Act to Comprehensively Support the Daily and Social Activities of Persons with Disabilities (Comprehensive Support for the Disabled Act). Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire. With the assistance of patients' organizations, 3,000 questionnaires were mailed to potential participants. Questions included demographic characteristics, family concerns, employment/supported employment, work accommodations, and other aspects of life. Responses were received from 889 (29.6%) participants, and respondents had 57 IDs. Forty-six-point-seven percent of respondents reported being unemployed due to fatigue and/or long-term treatment. Nearly half of the unemployed respondents reported that they had been unable to work despite their willingness to do so. Common requests for accommodation included flexible work hours, working at home, and job/workplace modifications. Only 30% of respondents knew about job training programs and supported work available for persons with disabilities. The results of the study are relevant for employees, employers, and occupational health/human resource professionals. The issue of reasonable accommodations for persons with an ID needs to be addressed in future research in order to promote continued work by those persons. PMID:27672543

  15. Are Absence Epilepsy and Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy System Epilepsies of the Sleep/Wake System?

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    Péter Halász

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available System epilepsy is an emerging concept interpreting major nonlesional epilepsies as epileptic dysfunctions of physiological systems. I extend here the concept of reflex epilepsy to epilepsies linked to input dependent physiological systems. Experimental and clinical reseach data were collected to create a coherent explanation of underlying pathomechanism in AE and NFLE. We propose that AE should be interpreted as epilepsy linked to the corticothalamic burst-firing mode of NREM sleep, released by evoked vigilance level oscillations characterized by reactive slow wave response. In the genetic variation of NFLE the ascending cholinergic arousal system plays an essential role being in strong relationship with a gain mutation of the nicotinic acethylcholin receptors, rendering the arousal system hyperexcitable. I try to provide a more unitary interpretation for the variable seizure manifestation integrating them as different degree of pathological arosuals and alarm reactions. As a supporting hypothesis the similarity between arousal parasomnias and FNLE is shown, underpinned by overlaping pathomechanism and shared familiarity, but without epileptic features. Lastly we propose that both AE and NFLE are system epilepsies of the sleep-wake system representing epileptic disorders of the antagonistic sleep/arousal network. This interpretation may throw new light on the pathomechanism of AE and NFLE.

  16. Are Absence Epilepsy and Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy System Epilepsies of the Sleep/Wake System?

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    Halász, Péter

    2015-01-01

    System epilepsy is an emerging concept interpreting major nonlesional epilepsies as epileptic dysfunctions of physiological systems. I extend here the concept of reflex epilepsy to epilepsies linked to input dependent physiological systems. Experimental and clinical reseach data were collected to create a coherent explanation of underlying pathomechanism in AE and NFLE. We propose that AE should be interpreted as epilepsy linked to the corticothalamic burst-firing mode of NREM sleep, released by evoked vigilance level oscillations characterized by reactive slow wave response. In the genetic variation of NFLE the ascending cholinergic arousal system plays an essential role being in strong relationship with a gain mutation of the nicotinic acethylcholin receptors, rendering the arousal system hyperexcitable. I try to provide a more unitary interpretation for the variable seizure manifestation integrating them as different degree of pathological arosuals and alarm reactions. As a supporting hypothesis the similarity between arousal parasomnias and FNLE is shown, underpinned by overlaping pathomechanism and shared familiarity, but without epileptic features. Lastly we propose that both AE and NFLE are system epilepsies of the sleep-wake system representing epileptic disorders of the antagonistic sleep/arousal network. This interpretation may throw new light on the pathomechanism of AE and NFLE. PMID:26175547

  17. Cerebral Hemispheric Lateralization Associated with Hippocampal Sclerosis May Affect Interictal Cardiovascular Autonomic Functions in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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    Rokia Ghchime

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available It is well established that the temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE is linked to the autonomic nervous system dysfunctions. Seizures alter the function of different systems such as the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and urogenital systems. The aim of this work was to evaluate the possible factors which may be involved in interictal cardiovascular autonomic function in temporal lobe epilepsy with complex partial seizures, and with particular attention to hippocampal sclerosis. The study was conducted in 30 patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy (19 with left hippocampal sclerosis, 11 with right hippocampal sclerosis. All subjects underwent four tests of cardiac autonomic function: heart rate changes in response to deep breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure variations throughout resting activity and during hand grip, mental stress, and orthostatic tests. Our results show that the right cerebral hemisphere predominantly modulates sympathetic activity, while the left cerebral hemisphere mainly modulates parasympathetic activity, which mediated tachycardia and excessive bradycardia counterregulation, both of which might be involved as a mechanism of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients (SUDEP.

  18. Epilepsy Surgery for Individuals with TSC

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    ... of epilepsy surgery in patients with tuberous sclerosis. Neurology 62(3):479-81 Kagawa K, Chugani DC, ... for epilepsy surgery in patients with tuberous sclerosis. Neurology 64(9):1651-4 Moshel YA, Elliott R, ...

  19. Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treating Epilepsy

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    ... may help treat epilepsy. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is the world’s largest association of neurologists ... in people with epilepsy. ©2013 American Academy of Neurology www.aan.com CAN VNS BE ADJUSTED TO ...

  20. Evaluation of anticonvulsant activity of ACE inhibitors (imidapril and quinapril) in experimentally induced animal models of epilepsy

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    VH, Pushpa; Poornima R.; HL, Kalabharathi; AM, Satish

    2016-01-01

    Background: Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate seizures, may be associated with emotional and cognitive dysfunction. Objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the anticonvulsant activity of different doses of imidapril and quinapril in animal models of epilepsy. Methods: Swiss albino mice weighing around 25-30g of either sex were divided into 6 groups: control (R.O-10 ml/kg), standard-sodium valproate (40 mg/kg), Q1...