Talk summary: Individuals with epilepsy, particularly those with uncontrolled epilepsy, are at a much greater risk of premature death than those without. In fact, the standardized mortality ratio in those with epilepsy is between 2 and 3. In the UK, the most common cause of epilepsy-related death is due to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), which accounts for up to one-fifth of deaths in some series. SUDEP is more common in those with frequent convulsive seizures (particularly nocturnal seizures) and in those with drug-resistant epilepsy. While the causes of SUDEP are unknown, the most commonly suggested underlying mechanisms are cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory depression and “cerebral shutdown.” Because no preventative measures currently exist, an understanding of SUDEP risk factors, potential mechanisms and the effectiveness of preventative measures is essential. To this end, there are a multitude of opportunities available in the field of SUDEP research and these opportunities will be interactively discussed during the presentation.
November 30, 2020
Stress increases susceptibility to pentylenetetrazole-induced seizures in adult zebrafish
Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires adaptive responses. In various organisms, stress is a seizure-related comorbidity. Despite the exposure to stressors eliciting aversive behaviors in zebrafish, there are no data showing whether stress potentiates epileptic seizures in this species.
November 30, 2020
Would people living with epilepsy benefit from palliative care?
Palliative care (PC) is an approach to the care of persons living with serious illness and their families that focuses on improving quality of life and reducing suffering by addressing complex medical symptoms, psychosocial needs, spiritual well-being, and advance care planning.
November 25, 2020
Advances in the Surgical Management of Epilepsy: Drug-Resistant Focal Epilepsy in the Adult Patient
Pharmacoresistant seizures occur in nearly one-third of people with epilepsy. Medial temporal lobe and lesional epilepsy are the most favorable surgically remediable epileptic syndromes…Read More