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The aim of this prospective, uncontrolled clinical study was to evaluate the tolerability and the efficacy of levetiracetam as add-on treatment in 78 adults and 44 children with intractable epilepsy. The patients' seizure frequency in the 8 weeks baseline period was compared to their seizure frequency after a mean follow-up of 8 months of treatment.A(More)
This is a report of the first clinical trial with iohexol in lumbar myelography. The investigation was carried out as an open, non-comparative study in 30 patients and was part of a multicentre trial. Iohexol doses of 10 to 15 ml (180 mg I/ml) were used and clinical and laboratory tests were performed before and during 48 h after myelography. Spinal(More)
Optimal antiepileptic drug treatment in patients with learning disability (LD) represents a particular challenge. These patients are often unable to report toxicity, and side effects may manifest as behavioral problems. The aim of this open study was to compare efficacy and tolerability of levetiracetam (LEV) in patients with LD and those without LD. One(More)
A prospective study on seizure-related injuries in Norway's two nursing homes for persons with epilepsy was conducted. Sixty-two multihandicapped patients with mostly difficult-to-treat epilepsy were assessed for 13 months: 6,889 seizures, 2,696 with ensuing falls, resulted in 80 injuries. The seizure-related injury risk was 1.2%. The most frequent injuries(More)
BACKGROUND A proportion of patients with epilepsy are still without seizure control. This open study aims to evaluate the effect and tolerability in consecutive patients treated with the new antiepileptic drug levetiracetam. MATERIALS AND METHODS 184 adult patients were followed up for an average period of 8.1 months. 166 patients (90%) had refractory(More)
The purpose of this open retrospective study was to analyze the efficacy and tolerability of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) in a Norwegian cohort of referral patients with refractory epileptic seizures. A total of 47 patients have been assessed after a mean follow-up time of 2.7 years. Mean age was 34.4 years, mean duration of epilepsy was 25.3 years.(More)
Although few neurologists are formally trained in traffic medicine, they are frequently asked to assess whether a patient is medically fit to drive. For patients with epilepsy, the physician must assess the risk of the patient having a seizure while driving, and decide what is an acceptable risk. The legislation on this subject is aiming at finding a(More)
We examined the effect of acupuncture on epileptic seizures in humans in a controlled clinical setting. Treatment was administered by two Chinese professors of acupuncture. Effect was measured by change in seizure frequency. Twenty-nine patients with chronic intractable epilepsy completed the study. They were randomized in two groups; 15 were given(More)
BACKGROUND The risk of premature death in the epilepsy population is estimated to be two or three times of that in the general population. Premature death is partly a consequence of the aetiology of the epilepsy (tumours, infections, cerebrovascular insults etc.), partly a direct or indirect consequence of a seizure: head trauma, drowning, traffic accident,(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the effect on health-related quality of life of acupuncture and sham acupuncture as adjunctive treatment in intractable epilepsy. We performed a randomized controlled trail with two parallel treatment arms at The National Center for Epilepsy in Norway, a comprehensive epilepsy center. Thirty-four patients with(More)