Pediatric patients with chronic medically refractory epilepsy
are affected with different pathology compared to patients with new-onset seizures and require specialized imaging.
Smolowitz performed a retrospective review of 213 patients to determine in part if EMU admission resulted in change in diagnosis or treatment in patients with medically refractory epilepsy
Persons with epilepsy and their families should feel comfortable in considering the use of VNS therapy as a treatment option in refractory epilepsy
The FitNeS system was developed to offer a new treatment option for refractory epilepsy
patients while delivering improvements over existing vagus nerve stimulation devices.
Researchers from the University of Missouri--Kansas City (UMKC), for example, reported that adhering to a ketogenic diet (KGD) reduced the number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations, and decreased the length of epilepsy-related hospital stays in children with pharmacologically refractory epilepsy
Comment: The ketogenic diet is an effective treatment for refractory epilepsy
in children, but it is has not been well studied in adults.
Ring chromosome 20 syndrome is a chromosome disorder that causes refractory epilepsy
, the most difficult type of epilepsy to treat.
Forty-four of 67 children (66%) had nonrefractory epilepsy, 20 of 67 had refractory epilepsy
(30%), and 3 of 67 (4%) had newly diagnosed epilepsy (less than 6 months since diagnosis).
This study will evaluate the compound as an add-on therapy in patients with refractory epilepsy
for its safety and tolerability as well as provide a preliminary assessment of its effectiveness for seizures and its actions on mood and memory.
NYSE: MDT) today announced that it has received from Health Canada a license for Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for refractory epilepsy
The company developed and markets the VNS Therapy System, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy
and treatment-resistant depression.
Delivery of the vagus nerve stimulators for the treatment of refractory epilepsy