Severe peri-ictal respiratory dysfunction is common in Dravet syndrome
Dravet syndrome (DS) is a severe childhood-onset epilepsy commonly due to mutations of the sodium channel gene SCN1A. Patients with DS have a high risk of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP), widely believed to be due to cardiac mechanisms. Here we show that patients with DS commonly have peri-ictal respiratory dysfunction. One patient had severe and prolonged postictal hypoventilation during video EEG monitoring and died later of SUDEP. Mice with an Scn1aR1407X/+ loss-of-function mutation were monitored and died after spontaneous and heat-induced seizures due to central apnea followed by progressive bradycardia. Death could be prevented with mechanical ventilation after seizures were induced by hyperthermia or maximal electroshock. Muscarinic receptor antagonists did not prevent bradycardia or death when given at doses selective for peripheral parasympathetic blockade, whereas apnea, bradycardia, and death were prevented by the same drugs given at doses high enough to cross the blood-brain barrier. When given via intracerebroventricular infusion at a very low dose, a muscarinic receptor antagonist prevented apnea, bradycardia, and death. We conclude that SUDEP in patients with DS can result from primary central apnea, which can cause bradycardia, presumably via a direct effect of hypoxemia on cardiac muscle.
Conclusions The MeCO exhibit potent cerebroprotective activity through its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms, and hence may be useful in the management of ischemic stroke and associated complications. Graphical abstract
ei Chen Complexity science has provided new perspectives and opportunities for understanding a variety of complex natural or social phenomena, including brain dysfunctions like epilepsy. By delving into the complexity in electrophysiological signals and neuroimaging, new insights have emerged. These discoveries have revealed that complexity is a fundamental aspect of physiological processes. The inherent nonlinearity and non-stationarity of physiological processes limits the methods based on simpler underlying assumptions to point out the pathway to a more comprehensive understanding of their behavior and relation with...
To investigate demographic, epidemiologic and psychiatric features suggestive of the coexistence epilepsy (ES) and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) that may contribute to precocious suspicion of the association.
Conditions: Epilepsy; Vitamin D Deficiency Intervention: Drug: Vitamin D 3 Sponsors: King Saud University; Dallah hospital Recruiting
This study investigates the effect of the Pgp inhibitor verapamil on the anticonvulsant effect of CBZ and its nanoparticulate formulation in the rat model of isoniazid-induced epilepsy. Verapamil significantly increased the anticonvulsant effect of CBZ and reduced its effective dose by at least 30% (from 30 mg/kg to 20 mg/kg). Binding of carbamazepine to the poloxamer 188-coated PLGA nanoparticles enabled a 30-fold increase of its anticonvulsive effect, as compared to the free drug. The inhibition of Pgp did not influence the effectivity of carbamazepine encapsulated in nanoparticles. Graphical abstract
This study further supports the classification of neonatal-onset AxD as a distinct phenotype based on the age of onset. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents | Abstract | Full text
Neuropediatrics DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1653978Mutations in the ATP1A3 gene are known to cause alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) and rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism (RDP). Both conditions are childhood-onset neurological disorders with distinct symptoms and different times of onset. ATP1A3 has also been associated with CAPOS syndrome (cerebellar ataxia, areflexia, pes cavus, optic atrophy, and sensorineural hearing loss). Within the various ATP1A3-related neurological syndromes, a specific genotype–phenotype correlation is starting to emerge. Several mutations such as the relatively common p.E815K pathogenic va...