Two recent articles in Epilepsia have raised concerns about adverse cognitive effects associated with intracranial electrode implantation. However, both studies have important limitations, and their results contrast with studies that report no adverse cognitive effects of intracranial electrodes for diagnosis or neurostimulation in epilepsy. Furthermore, no data are provided on the relative safety of depth electrodes implanted along the longitudinal axis of the hippocampus vs other electrode locations or types of electrodes. Instituting changes in the use of depth electrodes based solely on these 2 studies is not clinically indicated. Further research is needed.
July 19, 2019
Poststroke Seizures May Mimic Stroke Recurrence and Should Be Examined Carefully for Appropriate Treatment
Poststroke seizures may worsen or cause the reappearance of neurological deficits and consciousness impairment; they can be also misinterpreted as stroke recurrence and lead to delayed treatment with antiepileptic drugs.
July 18, 2019
Systematic Review Highlights the Value of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse to Patients, Families and Other Health Care Professionals
The ESPENTE study creates much needed context to the argument for the development of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurses as an integral part of the care provided to people with epilepsy, their family and carers.