Dr. James Luciano

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Epileptic seizures (ES) and nonepileptic seizures (NES) often coexist in patients with treatment-refractory seizures. There are few data on ictal features of these different seizure types in the same patient. We identified 20 patients with ES from a group of 99 NES patients (ES/NES) and compared this group with patients with only ES or NES. All 20 ES/NES(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency and type of non-conversion nonepileptic seizures (NES). BACKGROUND Although conversion disorder is the most common psychiatric disorder among patients with NES, many patients with nonepileptic paroxysmal behavioral events have other psychiatric disorders, with natural histories and treatments different from those of(More)
Ibogaine is an alkaloid with putative effect in acute opioid withdrawal. Thirty-three cases of treatments for the indication of opioid detoxification performed in non-medical settings under open label conditions are summarized involving an average daily use of heroin of .64 +/- .50 grams, primarily by the intravenous route. Resolution of the signs of opioid(More)
The authors investigated cognition in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), focusing on frontal functions as suggested by maximal spatial distribution of epileptiform activity seen over frontocentral regions. Fifteen patients with JME (mean age, 34.3 years; mean estimated IQ 101) were administered a battery of tests sensitive to frontal dysfunction. The number(More)
Eighteen consecutive patients undergoing dominant temporal lobectomy underwent preoperative cortical stimulation for language localization. Patients with naming deficits on anterior (4.5 cm from the temporal pole) temporal lobe stimulation had earlier seizure onset vs those without such deficits (5.8 yr vs 12.9 yr; p < 0.04). There was a similar trend for(More)
Nonepileptic seizures (NES) are common and are often diagnosed at epilepsy centers by video-EEG recording of both spontaneous and suggestion-induced episodes, but no study has evaluated provocative testing in a general seizure population. We studied consecutive patients with a tentative diagnosis of epilepsy using saline provocation during video-EEG(More)
We examined material-specific memory in 45 left hemisphere language dominant patients with temporal complex partial seizures (24 right, 21 left) during the intracarotid amobarbital procedure (IAP) by showing eight cards displaying two line drawings of common objects, two printed words, one colored shape, one math expression, one face, and one abstract shape(More)
PURPOSE We examined the dimensionality of the item content of the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) in relation to the clinical diagnosis of conversion nonepileptic seizures (C-NES) versus complex partial epilepsy (CPE). METHODS The DES was administered to a sex- and age-matched sample of 132 patients with C-NES and 169 with CPE and was factor analyzed(More)
Few studies have examined the clinical features of neocortical temporal lobe epilepsy (NTLE) in carefully selected patients. We reviewed records from 21 patients with NTLE, defined by intracranial electroencephalogram (EEG), who have been seizure free for 1 year or more following temporal lobectomy. The mean age of onset at the time of first seizure was 14(More)
We compared clinical data, EEG, and video-EEG studies in a consecutive series of 20 patients with postictal psychosis (PP) to 150 consecutive epilepsy patients with complex partial (CPS) or generalized tonic-clonic (GTCS) seizures but without PP. There was a lucid interval between last seizure and onset of psychosis ranging from 2.3 to 72 h (mean, 25 h).(More)