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Ion-channel gene defects are associated with a range of paroxysmal disorders, including several monogenic epilepsy syndromes. Two autosomal dominant disorders present in the first year of life: benign familial neonatal seizures, which is associated with potassium-channel gene defects; and benign familial infantile seizures, for which no genes have been(More)
Subcortical band heterotopia (SBH) or double cortex syndrome is a neuronal migration disorder, which occurs very rarely in males: to date, at least 110 females but only 11 in males have been reported. The syndrome is usually associated with mutations in the doublecortin (DCX) (Xq22.3-q23) gene, and much less frequently in the LIS1 (17p13.3) gene. To(More)
PURPOSE Choreoacanthocytosis (ChAc) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in VPS13A on chromosome 9q21 and characterized by neurodegeneration and red cell acanthocytosis. Seizures are not uncommon in ChAc but have not been well characterized in the literature. We report two ChAc families in which patients presented with temporal lobe(More)
We identified two large French-Canadian families segregating a familial partial epilepsy syndrome with variable foci (FPEVF) characterized by mostly nocturnal seizures arising from frontal, temporal, and occasionally occipital epileptic foci. There is no evidence for structural brain damage or permanent neurological dysfunction. The syndrome is inherited as(More)
The authors studied clinical characteristics in 11 patients with intractable focal epilepsy and preictal headache (PIHA) using a standardized interview. Headache was frontotemporal, ipsilateral to the focus, in nine patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and contralateral in one with TLE and in one with frontal seizures. Migrainous features were found(More)
Valproate (VPA) is an effective, widely used antiepileptic drug. Unfortunately its use in pregnant women is associated with neural tube defects in the offspring. Although the etiology of neural tube defects is multifactorial, there is evidence that underlying genetic susceptibility plays a part. We describe two women taking moderate doses of VPA who(More)
Maria Daniela D'Agostino,1,2 Andrea Bernasconi,1 Soma Das,5 Alexandre Bastos,1 Rosa M. Valerio,1,10 Andre Palmini,11 Jaderson Costa da Costa,11 Ingrid E. Scheffer,13 Samuel Berkovic,1,13 Renzo Guerrini,14 Charlotte Dravet,15 Jiro Ono,16 GianLuigi Gigli,17 Antonio Federico,18 Fran Booth,4 Bruno Bernardi,19 Lilia Volpi,19 Carlo Alberto Tassinari,19 Mary Anne(More)
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