Wassim Nasreddine

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Pregabalin, the most recently approved antiepileptic drug, is a structural analog of GABA with a favorable pharmacokinetic profile. Pregabalin binds to the alpha2-delta subunit of a neuronal voltage-gated calcium channel and is believed to exert its anticonvulsant effect by modulating the release of specific neurotransmitters from hyperexcited presynaptic(More)
To determine whether EEG performed within few months after epilepsy surgery is predictive of seizure outcome, 58 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for presumptive temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) who had clinical follow-up of at least 2 years and EEG data available both pre- and postoperatively were analyzed. Patients were classified by preoperative brain(More)
Temporal lobectomy can be complicated by somatoform disorders, psychiatric illnesses and non-epileptic psychogenic seizures. We report a woman who developed astasia-abasia and psychogenic tremor following temporal lobectomy for refractory epilepsy. To our knowledge, this type of conversion reaction following temporal lobectomy has not been previously(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of intermittent photic stimulation (IPS) and frequency of asymmetric driving responses in patients with occipital spikes. METHODS The amplitude of the driving response at 4 flash frequencies was measured from a referential montage in 60 patients with occipital spikes and in 60 normal EEG records from age-matched patients.(More)
Lafora disease is a rare and fatal disease characterized by seizures, progressive cognitive and behavioral deterioration, as well as cerebellar dysfunction. Currently, there is no efficacious treatment that will control the seizures and improve the cognitive decline in this disease. We report a patient with Lafora disease who experienced a dramatic(More)
BACKGROUND Levetiracetam is a broad spectrum antiepileptic drug (AED) with proven efficacy when used as adjunctive therapy against myoclonic seizures. We report two patients suffering from epilepsy with myoclonic-astatic epilepsy (MAE) who experienced a paradoxical worsening of seizures after initiation of treatment with LEV, a finding not previously(More)
Rhythmic midtemporal discharge (RMTD) is one of the benign epileptiform variants, typically consisting of runs of 4-Hz to 7-Hz activity, lasting up to 10 seconds and maximal over the midtemporal area. We report a child who, during an admission for diagnostic closed-circuit television (CCTV) and electroencephalographic (EEG) monitoring, was found to have(More)
Depression and anxiety are highly prevalent in patients with epilepsy (PWE), with prevalence rates ranging from 20% to 55%. The cause of this increased rate is multifactorial. Depression and epilepsy are thought to share the same pathogenic mechanism. Anxiety, on the other hand, seems to have a prevalence rate among PWE comparable to, or even higher than,(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to determine the frequency and characteristics of secondary enuresis in children initiated on valproate treatment. METHOD This was a prospective study conducted in children aged 5 to 12 years with suspected newly diagnosed epilepsy and maintained on valproate for at least 1 month. Adverse events spontaneously reported by(More)
PURPOSE Troponins are very sensitive biomarkers of myocardial injury. Conflicting data regarding elevation of troponin levels following a generalized tonic-clonic (GTC) seizure have been reported. In this study we hypothesized that troponin elevation after a GTC seizure occurs more frequently in patients with cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS Patients(More)