Elevated serum alkaline phosphatase in epilepsy: Effect of age and treatment.

The objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of antiepileptic drug therapy on the hematobiochemical parameters in patients with epilepsy and to investigate the association of altered parameters with different demographic and clinical variables. Methods: A cross-sectional study involving 567 patients with epilepsy (drug-naive, N=223; phenytoin, N=85; carbamazepine, N=114; valproate, N=100; and multitherapy, N=45) and 37 healthy controls, aged 5-60 years, from North India was conducted. Hematological and biochemical profiling of all the subjects was performed at a single center. Results: Of all the parameters evaluated, only alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels were found to be elevated in drug-free as well as patients on antiepileptic drug therapy. Early age and higher pretreatment seizure frequency were significantly associated with higher ALP levels (p
Source: British Journal of Biomedical Science - Category: Laboratory Medicine Tags: Br J Biomed Sci Source Type: research

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Source: Yale Science and Health News - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM - Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Drugs - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: Indian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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