Juri-Alexander Witt

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OBJECTIVES Cognitive comorbidity at epilepsy onset reflects disease severity and provides a baseline estimate of reserve capacities with regard to the effects of epilepsy and its treatment. Given the high incidence of epilepsy at an older age, this study analyzed objective and subjective cognition as well as quality of life in elderly patients with(More)
This prospective, multicenter, non-interventional surveillance study (ZADE study) explored seizure outcome and tolerability of adjunctive treatment with zonisamide (ZNS) in a non-selected sample of patients with partial-onset seizures in everyday clinical practice. Changes in quality of life (QOL) and health status were also recorded. Clinical status was(More)
The aim of our study was to assess cognition in newly diagnosed and untreated patients with epilepsy in order to determine the prevalence and the determinants of cognitive deficits at this early stage of the disease. A total of 247 untreated patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy underwent a brief test battery focusing on attention and executive functions(More)
OBJECT Resective surgery is a safe and effective treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. If surgery has failed reoperation after careful re-evaluation may be a reasonable option. This study was to summarise the risks and benefits of reoperation in patients with epilepsy. METHODS This is a retrospective single centre study comprising clinical data, long-term(More)
Pharmacoresistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) represents the major indication for epilepsy surgery. Since epilepsy surgery is an elective treatment option, preserving cognition is a high priority. Given the essential role of temporomesial structures in declarative long-term memory formation, surgical treatment for mTLE is primarily associated with(More)
OBJECTIVE Limbic encephalitis (LE) is an autoimmune mediated disease leading to temporal lobe epilepsy, mnestic and psychiatric symptoms. In recent years, several LE subforms defined by serum antibody findings have been described. MRI usually shows volume changes of the amygdala and hippocampus. However, studies quantifying longitudinal volume changes in(More)
This open-label, non-interventional, controlled surveillance study evaluated the cognitive outcome of patients administered levetiracetam (LEV) or carbamazepine (CBZ) monotherapy as primary treatment or as substitution for previous treatment. Executive functions, verbal memory, and subjective ratings were assessed before and 6 months after initiation of LEV(More)
Cognitive side effects of antiepileptic drugs are common and can negatively affect tolerability, compliance, and long-term retention of the treatment. Furthermore, adverse cognitive effects of pharmacotherapy significantly affect everyday functioning and quality of life. Consequently, preservation of cognitive functions is an important aspect of epilepsy(More)
PURPOSE To discern more static and lesion based from more dynamic epilepsy-driven features of depression and personality in focal symptomatic epilepsy, change in personality and mood was examined as a function of focus lateralization and seizure outcome after epilepsy surgery. METHODS Self-reported personality and depression were assessed before and 1(More)