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UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to investigate if sequential analysis of BOLD signal changes induced by seizures is useful for preoperative identification of the site of seizure onset in patients with pharmaco-resistant focal epilepsy. METHOD We analyzed BOLD raw data from 5 patients with focal medically refractory epilepsy who experienced partial(More)
We retrospectively reviewed our clinical experience with PGB when used as add-on therapy in 101 patients (56 women and 45 men) with refractory partial epilepsy, who have been followed up for at least 1 year. Mean age was 40 years (16-64); mean number of concomitant AEDs was 2.8. Most patients (43) had temporal lobe epilepsy. Median number of seizures per(More)
UNLABELLED Postictal psychosis (PIP) represents 25% of the psychoses seen in epileptic patients. A high frequency of bilateral independent epileptiform activity has been observed in patients with PIP. The objective of this study was to determine the frequency of PIP in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) who underwent video-EEG monitoring and to(More)
We aim to investigate whether temporal origin of epilepsy increases the risk of developing a psychiatric disorder and more specifically a major depressive disorder. The lack of standardized diagnostic instruments and the methodologic differences between studies highlight the fact that this issue warrants further, systematic, study. Three-hundred eight(More)
INTRODUCTION Cognitive disorders are common in patients with epilepsy. Their aetiology is multifactorial, being affected by the type and location of the epileptogenic lesion, epileptic syndrome, type of seizures, age of onset, frequency and severity. Timely diagnosis and treatment can help to reduce their impact on the patient's quality of life. RESULTS(More)
We present one patient with Parry Romberg syndrome and another with linear scleroderma in coup de sabre, with focal neurologic deficits and intractable seizures arising from the hemisphere ipsilateral to the cutaneous lesion. Brain MRI showed progressive hemispheric atrophy. Pathology after functional hemispherectomy showed chronic inflammatory features(More)
Little is known about the long term prognosis of refractory epilepsy patients who do not undergo epilepsy surgery. We performed a telephone survey and chart review of patients who underwent presurgical evaluation in our Unit but did not have surgery, from 1998 until 2004. We contacted 84 patients; mean follow-up was 6.7 years. Four patients (4.7%) had died,(More)
Cortical laminar necrosis (CLN) is radiologically defined as high intensity cortical lesions on T1 weighted MRI images following a gyral distribution. Histopathologically, CLN is characterised by pannecrosis of the cortex involving neurones, glial cells, and blood vessels. It has been reported to be associated with hypoxia, metabolic disturbances, drugs,(More)
Complex motor behaviors differing from typical automatisms were found in 12 of 502 patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Movements involved proximal limb segments (6) or body axis (6) and were often preceded by auras and followed by automatisms. Seven of 12 patients are seizure free after surgery. The other 5 patients declined surgery.
We investigated the clinical features and surgical outcome of 17 patients with refractory epilepsy secondary to CNS infection who were referred to a tertiary center for presurgical evaluation. Six patients had a history of meningitis and 11 patients had a history of encephalitis. Median age at infection was three years (40 days-40 years). Time to seizure(More)