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  • Seizures and epilepsy after intracerebral hemorrhage: an update.
    Seizures are common after intracerebral hemorrhage, occurring in 6-15% of the patients, mostly in the first 72 h. Their incidence reaches 30% when subclinical or non-convulsive seizures are diagnosed by continuous electroencephalogram. Several risk factors for seizures have been described including cortical location of intracerebral hemorrhage, presence of intraventricular hemorrhage, total hemorrhage volume, and history of […]
  • Forecasting seizure risk in adults with focal epilepsy: a development and validation study.
    People with epilepsy are burdened with the apparent unpredictability of seizures. In the past decade, converging evidence from studies using chronic EEG (cEEG) revealed that epileptic brain activity shows robust cycles, operating over hours (circadian) and days (multidien). We hypothesised that these cycles can be leveraged to estimate future seizure probability, and we tested the […]
  • Clinical features which predict neuronal surface autoantibodies in new-onset focal epilepsy: implications for immunotherapies.
    To generate a score which clinically identifies surface-directed autoantibodies in adults with new-onset focal epilepsy, and evaluate the value of immunotherapy in this clinical setting.Prospective clinical and autoantibody evaluations in a cohort of 219 consecutive patients with new-onset focal epilepsy.10.5% (23/219) of people with new-onset focal epilepsy had detectable serum autoantibodies to known or novel […]
  • Cognitive impairment in temporal lobe epilepsy: contributions of lesion, localization and lateralization.
    Cognitive impairment is an important comorbidity of refractory temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). We aimed to explore the impact of (i) specific lesions, such as dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET), dysplasia, or hippocampal sclerosis, (ii) focus localization (medial versus lateral) and (iii) focus lateralization (right versus left) on the neuropsychological profile of refractory TLE adult patients.We examined the neuropsychological […]
  • Electrical stimulation for seizure induction during SEEG exploration: a useful predictor of postoperative seizure recurrence?
    Direct electrical stimulations of cerebral cortex are a traditional part of stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) practice, but their value as a predictive factor for seizure outcome has never been carefully investigated.We retrospectively analysed a cohort of 346 patients operated on for drug-resistant focal epilepsy after SEEG exploration. As potential predictors we included: aetiology, MRI data, age of […]
  • Seizures associated with antibodies against cell surface antigens are acute symptomatic and not indicative of epilepsy: insights from long-term data.
    Clinicians have questioned whether any disorder involving seizures and neural antibodies should be called “(auto)immune epilepsy.” The concept of “acute symptomatic seizures” may be more applicable in cases with antibodies against neural cell surface antigens. We aimed at determining the probability of achieving seizure-freedom, the use of anti-seizure medication (ASM), and immunotherapy in patients with […]
  • Parkinson’s disease determinants, prediction and gene-environment interactions in the UK Biobank.
    To systematically investigate the association of environmental risk factors and prodromal features with incident Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis and the interaction of genetic risk with these factors. To evaluate whether existing risk prediction algorithms are improved by the inclusion of genetic risk scores.We identified individuals with an incident diagnosis of PD (n=1276) and controls (n=500 406) […]
  • Neurologic complications of Down syndrome: a systematic review.
    Down syndrome (DS) is one of the most well-recognized genetic disorders. Persons with DS are known to have a variety of co-morbid medical problems, affecting nearly all organ systems. Improved healthcare interventions and research have allowed for increased life span of persons with DS, although disorders of the neurologic system remain underexplored. The purpose of […]
  • Change and onset-type differences in the prevalence of comorbidities in people with multiple sclerosis.
    Little is known about the change in prevalence of comorbidities during the disease course of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and whether the prevalences vary by MS onset type.To calculate the change in prevalence of comorbidities between symptom onset and the time of study, to compare the prevalences of comorbidities with those in the Australian […]
  • Epileptic seizures of suspected autoimmune origin: a multicentre retrospective study.
    To analyse autoantibody status in a well-defined European multicentre cohort of patients with epilepsy of unknown aetiology and to validate the recently proposed Antibody Prevalence in Epilepsy (APE2) and Response to ImmunoTherapy in Epilepsy (RITE2) scores.We retrospectively collected clinical and paraclinical data of 92 patients referred to the Neurology Units of Verona and Salzburg between […]
  • Early brain biomarkers of post-traumatic seizures: initial report of the multicentre epilepsy bioinformatics study for antiepileptogenic therapy (EpiBioS4Rx) prospective study.
    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes early seizures and is the leading cause of post-traumatic epilepsy. We prospectively assessed structural imaging biomarkers differentiating patients who develop seizures secondary to TBI from patients who do not.Multicentre prospective cohort study starting in 2018. Imaging data are acquired around day 14 post-injury, detection of seizure events occurred early (within […]
  • Seizure outcome and use of antiepileptic drugs after epilepsy surgery according to histopathological diagnosis: a retrospective multicentre cohort study.
    Surgery is a widely accepted treatment option for drug-resistant focal epilepsy. A detailed analysis of longitudinal postoperative seizure outcomes and use of antiepileptic drugs for different brain lesions causing epilepsy is not available. We aimed to analyse the association between histopathology and seizure outcome and drug freedom up to 5 years after epilepsy surgery, to […]
  • Specific B- and T-cell populations are associated with cognition in patients with epilepsy and antibody positive and negative suspected limbic encephalitis.
    Neuropsychological impairments are major symptoms of autoimmune limbic encephalitis (LE) epilepsy patients. In LE epilepsy patients with an autoimmune response against intracellular antigens as well as in antibody-negative patients, the antibody findings and magnetic resonance imaging pathology correspond poorly to the clinical features. Here, we evaluated whether T- and B-cells are linked to cognitive impairment […]
  • Efficacy and safety of adjunctive lacosamide in the treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures: a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial.
    To evaluate efficacy and safety of lacosamide (up to 12 mg/kg/day or 400 mg/day) as adjunctive treatment for uncontrolled primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures (PGTCS) in patients (≥4 years) with idiopathic generalised epilepsy (IGE).Phase 3, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial (SP0982; NCT02408523) in patients with IGE and PGTCS taking 1-3 concomitant antiepileptic drugs. Primary outcome was time to second […]
  • Early discrimination of cognitive motor dissociation from disorders of consciousness: pitfalls and clues.
    Bedside assessment of consciousness and awareness after a severe brain injury might be hampered by confounding clinical factors (i.e., pitfalls) interfering with the production of behavioral or motor responses to external stimuli. Despite the use of validated clinical scales, a high misdiagnosis rate is indeed observed. We retrospectively analyzed a cohort of 49 patients with […]
  • Impaired naming performance in temporal lobe epilepsy: language fMRI responses are modulated by disease characteristics.
    To investigate alterations of language networks and their relation to impaired naming performance in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) using functional MRI.Seventy-two adult TLE patients (41 left) and 36 controls were studied with overt auditory and picture naming fMRI tasks to assess temporal lobe language areas, and a covert verbal fluency task to probe frontal lobe […]
  • Performance validity test failure in clinical populations-a systematic review.
    Performance validity tests (PVTs) are widely used in attempts to quantify effort and/or detect negative response bias during neuropsychological testing. However, it can be challenging to interpret the meaning of poor PVT performance in a clinical context. Compensation-seeking populations predominate in the PVT literature. We aimed to establish base rates of PVT failure in clinical […]
  • Risk incidence of fractures and injuries: a multicenter video-EEG study of 626 generalized convulsive seizures.
    To evaluate the incidence and risk factors of generalized convulsive seizure (GCS)-related fractures and injuries during video-EEG monitoring.We analyzed all GCSs in patients undergoing video-EEG-monitoring between 2007 and 2019 at epilepsy centers in Frankfurt and Marburg in relation to injuries, falls and accidents associated with GCSs. Data were gathered using video material, EEG material, and […]
  • Paternal exposure to antiepileptic drugs and offspring outcomes: a nationwide population-based cohort study in Sweden.
    To investigate the association between paternal use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes and major congenital malformations (MCM) in the offspring.Using nationwide Swedish registries, we included 1 144 795 births to 741 726 fathers without epilepsy and 4544 births to 2955 fathers with epilepsy. Of these, 2087 (45.9%) were born to fathers with […]
  • “Myo-neuropathy” is commonly associated with mitochondrial tRNALysine mutation.
    The mitochondrial tRNALys (mt-tRNALys) mutation is initially associated with myoclonic epilepsy and ragged-red fibers (MERRF). The clinical, laboratory, morphologic and molecular findings from 22 mt-tRNALys mutation carriers from local database in East China were analyzed retrospectively. We identified 13 symptomatic and 9 asymptomatic individuals with a known pathogenic mitochondrial tRNALys mutation. The most common mutations […]
  • Investigation of poststroke epilepsy (INPOSE) study: a multicenter prospective study for prediction of poststroke epilepsy.
    Poststroke epilepsy is a common problem in clinical practice. This study aimed to determine the predictors of poststroke epilepsy and to identify the risk factors.A total of 436 patients were enrolled for this study. Baseline characteristics were recorded. Patients were followed up for 3 years. According to the occurrence of late seizures (i.e., seizure occurring 8 days […]
  • Great expectations: virus-mediated gene therapy in neurological disorders.
    Gene therapy (GT) has tremendous potential for the treatment of neurological disorders to transform patient care. The successful application of virus-mediated GT to treat spinal muscular atrophy is a significant milestone, serving to accelerate similar progress in a spectrum of neurological conditions, with more than 50 clinical trials currently underway, across neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative, muscular dystrophy, […]
  • A review of seizures and epilepsy following traumatic brain injury.
    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the commonest presentations to emergency departments and is associated with seizures carrying different significance at different stages following injury. We describe the epidemiology of early and late seizures following TBI, the significance of intracranial haemorrhage of different types in the risk of later epilepsy and the gaps in […]
  • Epilepsy in children with leukodystrophies.
    Epilepsy might be one of the manifestations in children with leukodystrophies, but the incidence of epilepsy in different types of leukodystrophies is unclear yet.A retrospective observational cohort study was performed on children diagnosed with leukodystrophies in Peking University First Hospital from January 2004 to June 2019, and the patients were followed for 5.5 years (0.4-14.2 years) after […]
  • Autoimmune encephalitis associated with Ma2 antibodies and immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy.
    Immune checkpoint inhibitors have transformed the treatment of advanced malignancy, while increasing the risk of immune-related adverse events. A 56-year-old woman who had received nivolumab for stage 4 renal cell carcinoma subsequently developed altered behaviour, memory deficits and worsening of previously stable epilepsy. MR scan of the brain showed bilateral FLAIR (fluid-attenuated inversion recovery) hyperintensity […]
  • Cortical myoclonus and epilepsy in a family with a new SLC20A2 mutation.
    Idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC) or primary familial brain calcification is a rare genetic condition characterized by an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern and the presence of bilateral calcifications in the basal ganglia, thalami, cerebellum and cerebral subcortical white matter. The syndrome is genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous. Causal mutations have been identified in four genes: SLC20A2, […]
  • Expert opinion: use of valproate in girls and women of childbearing potential with epilepsy: recommendations and alternatives based on a review of the literature and clinical experience-a European perspective.
    Valproate is a broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug (AED) of particular interest in pediatric epilepsy syndromes and idiopathic generalized epilepsy, as it is relatively more effective in these syndromes than other AEDs. In 2018, the European Medicines Agency introduced new restrictions on the use of valproate in girls and women of childbearing potential to avoid exposure during […]
  • Long-term outcomes in temporal lobe epilepsy with glutamate decarboxylase antibodies.
    To assess the long-term outcomes of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and CSF anti-glutamate decarboxylase antibodies (GAD65-Abs).We retrospectively analyzed the clinical records of 35 patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and CSF GAD65-Abs, collected from January 1993 to December 2016 and assessed cognitive impairment and seizure activity at last visit. Cognitive impairment was considered significant if […]
  • Evidence-based support for autistic people across the lifespan: maximising potential, minimising barriers, and optimising the person-environment fit.
    Autism is both a medical condition that gives rise to disability and an example of human variation that is characterised by neurological and cognitive differences. The goal of evidence-based intervention and support is to alleviate distress, improve adaptation, and promote wellbeing. Support should be collaborative, with autistic individuals, families, and service providers taking a shared […]
  • Impact of anti-epileptic drug choice on discharge in acute traumatic brain injury patients.
    Anti-epileptic drug (AED) prophylaxis in the first-seven days post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) is known to reduce seizure frequency acutely. AED efficacy is equivalent; therefore, choice of AED may rest with their side-effects. We hypothesise that AEDs that impair balance will prolong recovery, shown by a longer hospital stay. We compared length of hospital stay (and […]
  • 30 years of second-generation antiseizure medications: impact and future perspectives.
    Since 1989, 18 second-generation antiseizure medications have reached the market, resulting in a greatly increased range of treatment options for patients and prescribers. 30 years have passed and now is the time for an appraisal of the effect of these medications on clinical outcomes. Every antiseizure medication needs to be assessed individually, but overall second-generation […]
  • Targeting the centromedian thalamic nucleus for deep brain stimulation.
    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the centromedian thalamic nucleus (CM) is an emerging treatment for multiple brain diseases, including the drug-resistant epilepsy Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). We aimed to improve neurosurgical targeting of the CM by: (1) developing a structural MRI approach for CM visualisation, (2) identifying the CM’s neurophysiological characteristics using microelectrode recordings (MERs) and […]
  • Predicting the antiepileptic drug response by brain connectivity in newly diagnosed focal epilepsy.
    Growing evidence has suggested that epilepsy is a disease with alterations in brain connectivity. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the changes in brain connectivity can predict the response to an antiepileptic drug (AED) in patients with a newly diagnosed focal epilepsy of unknown etiology.This observational study was independently performed at two […]
  • Effectiveness, retention, and safety of modified ketogenic diet in adults with epilepsy at a tertiary-care centre in the UK.
    With the rising demand for ketogenic diet therapy in adult epilepsy, there is a need for research describing the real-life effectiveness, retention, and safety of relevant services. In this 1-year prospective cohort study we present outcomes of the first 100 referrals for modified ketogenic diet (MKD) at the UK’s largest tertiary-care epilepsy centre, where patients […]
  • Systematic review of the clinical spectrum of CASPR2 antibody syndrome.
    Contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) autoantibody disease has a variable clinical phenotype. We present a case report and performed a systematic review of the literature to summarize: (1) the clinical phenotype of patients with CASPR2 antibodies, (2) the findings in neurological investigations, and (3) the associated neuroimaging findings.A chart review was performed for the case report. […]
  • Vagus nerve stimulation for drug-resistant epilepsy.
    Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a neuromodulatory therapeutic option for drug-resistant epilepsy. In randomised controlled trials, VNS implantation has resulted in over 50% reduction in seizure frequency in 26%-40% of patients within 1 year. Long-term uncontrolled studies suggest better responses to VNS over time; however, the assessment of other potential predictive factors has led to contradictory […]
  • Unravelling the heterogeneity of epilepsy for optimal individualised treatment: advances in 2019.
    Click here to read the full article @ The Lancet. Neurology
  • Long-term follow-up of a large cohort with focal epilepsy of unknown cause: deciphering their clinical and prognostic characteristics.
    Focal epilepsy of unknown cause (FEUC) is an under-investigated topic despite its remarkable frequency. We aimed to report the long-term follow-up findings along with the drug-response, 5 year remission rates and diagnostic changes to give an insight about the heterogeneous characteristics of FEUC.Demographic, clinical, neurophysiological and imaging data of 196 patients diagnosed as FEUC according to […]
  • Genetic variants in incident SUDEP cases from a community-based prospective cohort with epilepsy.
    Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a leading cause of epilepsy-related mortality in young adults. It has been suggested that SUDEP may kill over 20 000 people with epilepsy in China yearly. The aetiology of SUDEP is unclear. Little is known about candidate genes for SUDEP in people of Chinese origin as most studies […]
  • The impact of MEG results on surgical outcomes in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy associated with focal encephalomalacia: a single-center experience.
    To analyze the impact of magnetoencephalography (MEG) results on surgical outcomes in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy secondary to encephalomalacia.We retrospectively reviewed 121 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy associated with encephalomalacia who underwent MEG followed by resection surgery. Patients were subdivided into concordant MEG group and dis-concordant MEG group for analysis based on whether the MEG results […]
  • Safety and efficacy of adjunctive cenobamate (YKP3089) in patients with uncontrolled focal seizures: a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, dose-response trial.
    More than a third of patients with epilepsy are treatment resistant, and thus new, more effective therapies to achieve seizure freedom are needed. Cenobamate (YKP3089), an investigational antiepileptic drug, has shown broad-spectrum anticonvulsant activity in preclinical studies and seizure models. We aimed to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and tolerability of adjunctive cenobamate in patients with […]
  • Cenobamate: new hope for treatment-resistant epilepsy.
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  • MOG-IgG-associated demyelination: focus on atypical features, brain histopathology and concomitant autoimmunity.
    Abstract: Antibodies to myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) have been demonstrated in patients with optic neuritis (ON), encephalitis and myelitis.To describe the clinical and paraclinical features in patients with MOG-associated demyelination, focusing on unusual cases, brain biopsy and concomitant autoimmunity.A single centre retrospective observational case series, analysing demographic, clinical, laboratory, histopathology and radiological data from MOG- […]
  • Impact of chronic health conditions and injury on school performance and health outcomes in New South Wales, Australia: a retrospective record linkage study protocol.
    Abstract: Children who have sustained a serious injury or who have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or epilepsy, may have their school performance adversely impacted by the condition, treatment of the condition and/or time away from school. Examining the potential adverse impact requires the identification of children most likely to be affected and […]
  • Trajectories of brain remodeling in temporal lobe epilepsy.
    Abstract: Temporal lobe epilepsy has been usually associated with progressive brain atrophy due to neuronal cell loss. However, recent animal models demonstrated a dual effect of epileptic seizures with initial enhancement of hippocampal neurogenesis followed by abnormal astrocyte proliferation and neurogenesis depletion in the chronic stage. Our aim was to test for the hypothesized bidirectional […]
  • Levetiracetam and non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation and epilepsy: a reasonable combination.
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  • Predisposing and precipitating factors for delirium in neurology: a prospective cohort study of 1487 patients.
    Abstract: Predisposing and precipitating factors for delirium are well known; however, their interaction and impact on delirium in neurological patients remains largely unknown. Therefore, those factors were evaluated in hospitalized patients with neurological disorders.In this prospective cohort study, 1487 neurological patients were included, 356 patients with delirium and 1131 without delirium. Relevant neurological- and medical-related […]
  • Epilepsy genetics: clinical impacts and biological insights.
    Abstract: Genomics now has an increasingly important role in neurology clinics. Regarding the epilepsies, innovations centred around technology, analytics, and collaboration have led to remarkable progress in gene discovery and have revealed the diverse array of genetic mechanisms and neurobiological pathways that contribute to these disorders. The new genomic era can present a challenge to […]
  • Epilepsy genetics and the precision medicine matrix.
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  • Artificial intelligence as an emerging technology in the current care of neurological disorders.
    Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) has influenced all aspects of human life and neurology is no exception to this growing trend. The aim of this paper is to guide medical practitioners on the relevant aspects of artificial intelligence, i.e., machine learning, and deep learning, to review the development of technological advancement equipped with AI, and to […]
  • Fragile Females: Case Series of Epilepsy in Girls With FMR1 Disruption.
    Abstract: Girls with pathogenic variants in FMR1, the gene responsible for Fragile X syndrome, have received relatively little attention in the literature. The reports of girls with trinucleotide expansions or deletions affecting FMR1 describe variable phenotypes; having normal intelligence and no severe neurologic sequelae is not uncommon. We reviewed epilepsy genetics research databases for girls […]
  • Fighting Epilepsy Stigma.
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  • Living with epilepsy.
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  • Brain imaging in epilepsy.
    Abstract: Brain imaging with MRI identifies structural cerebral pathology that may give rise to seizures. The greatest yield is from MRI at 3T using epilepsy protocols, and reported by expert neuroradiologists who possess the full clinical data. X-ray CT scanning has a role in assessing patients with seizures in the context of an acute neurological […]
  • Epilepsy surgery.
    Abstract: Epilepsy surgery offers the chance of seizure remission for the 30%-40% of patients with focal epilepsy whose seizures continue despite anti-epileptic medications. Epilepsy surgery encompasses curative resective procedures, palliative techniques such as corpus callosotomy and implantation of stimulation devices. Pre-surgical evaluation aims to identify the epileptogenic zone and to prevent post-operative neurological and cognitive […]
  • Self-management practices associated with quality of life for adults with epilepsy.
    Abstract: Epilepsy self-management practices enhance a patient’s competence and confidence in managing their chronic condition, which is assumed to lead to an improved quality of life (QoL). We analyzed the relationship between the Epilepsy Self-Management Scale (ESMS) responses and the Quality of Life in Epilepsy (QOLIE-31) scores. Baseline questionnaires from HOBSCOTCH, a self-management program for […]
  • Neurobiological perspective of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
    Abstract: 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is characterised by a well defined microdeletion that is associated with a high risk of neuropsychiatric disorders, including intellectual disability, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, seizures and epilepsy, and early-onset Parkinson’s disease. Preclinical and clinical data reveal substantial variability of the neuropsychiatric phenotype despite the shared underlying […]
  • A Framework for Evaluation of the Higher-Risk Infant After a Brief Resolved Unexplained Event.
    In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a clinical practice guideline that more specifically defined apparent life-threatening events as brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs) and provided evidence-based recommendations for the evaluation of infants who meet lower-risk criteria for a subsequent event or serious underlying disorder. The clinical practice guideline did not provide recommendations for infants meeting higher-risk criteria, an important and common population of patients. Therefore, we propose a tiered approach for clinical evaluation and management of higher-risk infants who have experienced a BRUE. Because of a vast array of potential causes, the initial evaluation prioritizes the diagnosis of time-sensitive conditions for which delayed diagnosis or treatment could impact outcomes, such as child maltreatment, feeding problems, cardiac arrhythmias, infections, and congenital abnormalities. The secondary evaluation addresses problems that are less sensitive to delayed diagnosis or treatment, such as dysphagia, intermittent partial airway obstruction, and epilepsy. The authors recommend a tailored, family-centered, multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and management of all higher-risk infants with a BRUE, whether accomplished during hospital admission or through coordinated outpatient care. The proposed framework was developed by using available evidence and expert consensus.
  • Epilepsy in Papua New Guinea: a longitudinal cohort study.
    Epilepsy affects up to 1-4% of children living in low income and middle countries, however there are few studies of the problems faced by children with epilepsy in such settings. We aimed to document the situation for children with epilepsy in Port Moresby, an urban area in Papua New Guinea, a low-middle income country in the Western Pacific region. We conducted longitudinal cohort study using mixed methods, with serial data collected over 2 years which assessed seizure control, neurodevelopment, and structured interviews with children and parents. For quantitative data descriptive statistics are reported; for qualitative data common responses, themes, experiences and perceptions were grouped and reported in narrative. Forty-seven children with epilepsy were followed for a median of 18 months. Twenty six (55%) children had some associated neurodevelopmental disability. Children gave detailed and vivid descriptions of their experience of seizures. Most children and parents had a positive view of the future but faced many challenges including financial difficulties, fear of having seizures especially at school, restriction of activity that isolated them from peers, and significant stigma and discrimination. Seizure control improved over time for some children, but inconsistent supply of phenobarbitone hindered better control. Comprehensive care for children with epilepsy requires a good knowledge of the individual patient -including their seizure type and comorbidities, their family, and their strengths and vulnerabilities. Children with epilepsy face many problems that can lead to isolation, discrimination and restricted opportunities.
  • Age, sex and ethnic differentials in the prevalence and control of epilepsy among Sri Lankan children: a population-based study.
    To estimate the prevalence of childhood epilepsy in Sri Lanka by different age groups (0-5, 6-10 and 11-16 years), sex and ethnicity, and to describe the types and outcomes of epilepsy.A population-based, cross-sectional study was conducted in the district considered to be ethnically most balanced in Sri Lanka. A door-to-door survey was performed in the 0-5?year age group (60 geographically defined areas as clusters; 19 children per cluster), and a school-based survey in the 6-16?year age group (150 classes as clusters; 25 children per cluster). The screened children with epilepsy were reviewed individually for confirmation of the diagnosis of epilepsy, typing of the underlying epilepsy syndrome and assessment of control. The same group of children were re-evaluated 1?year later to reconfirm the syndromic diagnosis and to assess the stability of control of epilepsy.The overall prevalence of childhood epilepsy was 5.7 per 10?000 children aged 0-16 years (95%?CI: 38 to 87). It was higher with younger ages (73.4 per 10?000 children aged 0-5 years; 55.1 per 10?000 children aged 6-10 years and 50.4 per 10?000 children aged 11-16 years). A male dominance was noted in both age groups. In each age group, the prevalence was highest in children of Sinhalese ethnicity. Symptomatic focal epilepsy was the single most common group of epilepsy in both age groups. Majority of children remained well controlled on medications.The findings indicate a relatively high burden of epilepsy among children in Sri Lanka, however, these were comparable to the burden of disease reported from other countries in the region.