Alberto Verrotti

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To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of levetiracetam or oxcarbazepine as monotherapy in children with newly diagnosed benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS). Twenty-one children (11 males, 10 females), aged between 5 and 13 years (mean 10.5 years), and 18 (10 M, 8 F), aged between 3.3 and 14 years (mean 8.4 years), were randomised to(More)
The aim of this paper is to promote the correct classification of, and provide guidelines on, the diagnosis and management of Panayiotopoulos syndrome (PS). An international consortium of established researchers in the field collaborated to produce a consensus document. The resulting document defines PS, characterizes its electro-clinical features,(More)
Neuronal migration disorders are an heterogeneous group of disorders of nervous system development and they are considered to be one of the most significant causes of neurological and developmental disabilities and epileptic seizures in childhood. In the last ten years, molecular biologic and genetic investigations have widely increased our knowledge about(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate plasma homocysteine (Hcy) concentrations in children receiving sodium valproate (VPA) and carbamazepine (CBZ), monotherapy, in comparison with healthy control subjects and to determine the possible relationship between Hcy levels and dosage and plasma concentrations of the antiepileptic drugs. METHODS We measured levels of fasting(More)
PURPOSE To study the markers of bone turnover in epilepsy patients in the different stages of the pubertal growth before and after the beginning of carbamazepine (CBZ) monotherapy. METHODS We have investigated bone turnover in 60 epilepsy patients treated with CBZ. They were stratified according to pubertal stage and compared with a control group of 60(More)
Suppurative parotitis is uncommon in newborns. During a 9-year study period, five cases of neonatal suppurative parotitis were detected in 3,624 hospital admissions. The relative risk of developing neonatal suppurative parotitis in admitted infants was 5.52 (0.62–49.35). Staphylococcus aureus was the causative organism most commonly detected in the(More)
To assess whether epileptic children have abnormal values of serum copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), selenium (Se), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX) and superoxide dismutase (CuZn-SOD), and to evaluate the effect of long-term therapy with sodium valproate (VPA) and carbamazepine (CBZ) on these parameters, we studied 36 epileptic patients before the beginning of(More)
Photosensitivity is a genetically determined trait that may be asymptomatic throughout life or manifest with epileptic seizures. Photosensitivity usually begins before the age of 20 years with a peak age at onset at around 12. Both natural and artificial light may trigger seizures. Precise investigation must be carried out by intermittent photic stimulation(More)
Atypical features of rolandic epilepsy are not uncommon, although the long-term prognosis of this condition is not known. Eighty-five children (50 male and 35 female) attending the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Chieti, the Department of Pediatrics of Brindisi Hospital, and the Department of Neurology of San Valentino Hospital were selected(More)
To assess the efficacy, tolerability and safety of Levetiracetam (LEV) therapy, we identified 21 (15 male; 6 female) patients with a history of benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS), with and without secondarily generalization in children and adolescents aged between 5.0 and 12.1 years. LEV was administered as a first drug (number of(More)