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Seizure control can change during preg- with 12–14% in the general population [6] aricept 5mg amex. Enzyme-inducing drugs such as carbamazepine best aricept 5mg, phe- ible causes for reduced fertility rates among people with epilepsy buy generic aricept on line. In a cross-sec- epilepsy or risks to the fetus incurred by seizures or the drug treat- tional study order aricept with american express, monotherapy with carbamazepine was associated with ment. However, some studies suggest that concurrent disabilities and ment in doses of at least 900 mg/day was associated with similar en- comorbidities (e. Fertility rates among people with epilepsy in 12 out of 21 men treated with valproic acid for generalized or were essentially normal in two population-based studies from focal seizures [6]. No diference was observed in linear growth ment [11], whereas a cross-sectional study of men and women with and sexual maturation [18]. When 41 girls on valproic acid were epilepsy found no diference in levels of reproductive hormones compared with 54 healthy controls, hyperandrogenism was ob- between those taking levetiracetam, carbamazepine or lamotrigine served more frequently among the valproic acid-exposed girls, but [12]. A long-term follow-up of these cohorts revealed normal endo- esis or sperm function. A small cross-sectional study As suggested in a recent comprehensive review, women with epi- of men with epilepsy suggested that all investigated drugs, carba- lepsy should be monitored for signs and symptoms of reproductive mazepine, oxcarbazepine and valproic acid, were associated with an dysfunction in conjunction with their clinical visits. This includes increase in abnormal sperm morphology [10], although the clinical assessment of menstrual cycles, occurrence of hirsutism, acne, relevance of these fndings remains to be shown. In addition to the com- mental factors can contribute to the development of this syndrome. In these studies, 30–40% of patients treated and an increased frequency of unplanned pregnancies [21]. However, whether this dose is 26 years (44% and 23%) but was similar if treatment was started at sufcient is uncertain. Taken to- Estradiol-containing oral contraceptives induce the elimination of gether, these observations confrm that valproic acid can indeed lamotrigine. This can lead as important as reported in the initial cross-sectional studies from to breakthrough seizures unless the lamotrigine dosage is adjusted. Tese changes occur rapidly and hence lamotrigine levels rise during Withdrawal of carbamazepine in seizure-free male and female the pill-free week if sequential pills are used [23]. This may induce patients has also been associated with normalization (increase) toxic symptoms. Preliminary data suggest that estradiol can have a of serum testosterone and free androgen index [17]. Pure proges- sectional studies assessed endocrine function in a younger female tagen-containing pills do not seem to afect lamotrigine serum con- population with epilepsy [18,19]. A cohort of 77 girls, 8–18 years centrations, and concomitant use of valproic acid appears to block of age, under treatment with valproic acid (n 40), carbamazepine the estradiol-induced efects on lamotrigine kinetics [24]. Howev- (n = 19) or oxcarbazepine (n = 18) were compared with 49 healthy er, as lamotrigine can reduce the bioavailability of gestagens [25], Reproductive Aspects of Epilepsy Treatment 313 Table 23. Drugs in which the clearance is Drugs that increase the clearance Drugs that do not affect the induced by estradiol-containing of oral contraceptives clearance of oral contraceptives oral contraceptives Carbamazepine Ethosuxumide Lamotrigine Eslicarbazepine acetate Gabapentin Valproic acid Felbamate Lacosamide Lamotriginea Levetiracetam Oxcarbazepine Pregabalin Phenobarbital Retigabine Perampanel Tiagabine Primidone Valproic acid Phenytoin Vigabatrin Rufnimide Zonisamide Topiramate (at dosages >200 mg/day) a Lamotrigine does not affect estradiol concentrations but has a modest effect (18% reduction in plasma concentration) on the norgestrel component of the combined oral contraceptive. It has therefore been suggested that for women taking lamo- a few such reports have been published. In contrast, prolonged sei- trigine, the combined contraceptive pill can be used with tricycling zure activity, such as status epilepticus, may be a serious threat to or continuous use to avoid fuctuations in lamotrigine serum con- the fetus as well as to the woman. Given the choice of two drugs similar in all other women with status epilepticus (12 of whom were convulsive) [28]. The possibility of using com- nancy are not associated with an increased risk of birth defects. Generalized tonic–clonic seizures during labour can cause fetal Pregnancy in women with epilepsy asphyxia. Focal seizures that impair consciousness may also impose In the treatment of epilepsy during pregnancy, maternal and fetal risks because the mother’s ability to cooperate during the delivery risks associated with uncontrolled seizures need to be weighed is lost. Nevertheless, Effects of maternal seizures on the fetus there is a general consensus among physicians that generalized ton- Epileptic seizures in a pregnant woman may have adverse efects ic–clonic seizures in particular should be avoided during pregnancy on the fetus, in addition to risks for the woman. With respect to for the sake of the well-being of the fetus as well as the mother. Maternal risks with uncontrolled seizures Tonic–clonic seizures are associated with transient lactic acidosis, Epilepsy is a serious condition and uncontrolled seizures occasion- which is likely to be transferred to the fetus. This concern appears to be fetal heart rate, which is a common response to acidosis, has been particularly relevant during pregnancy. Fourteen deaths were epilepsy-related, of which afects uterine blood fow and thus the fetus. An estimated 1 in ternal abdominal trauma could also, theoretically, cause injury to 1000 women with epilepsy died during or shortly afer pregnancy the fetus or placental abruption. Despite these efects, intrauterine compared with 1 in 10 000 in the general population. This appears to be mainly because of a decrease Seizure control during pregnancy and delivery in drug binding to plasma proteins and/or an increase in drug me- The largest prospective study of seizure control in pregnancy to tabolism and elimination. A decrease in protein binding will result date reported that 59% of 1736 women remained seizure-free in lower total drug levels but leave unchanged the unbound, active throughout pregnancy [27]. Earlier studies, mainly from special- concentration of the drug, which is the relevant concentration in ized epilepsy centres, indicated that approximately one-third of the treated mother as well as for exposure to the fetus. Prospective studies of fewer selected women with phenobarbital decline by up to 50% [34]. Total concentrations of epilepsy suggest that the proportion of women who deteriorate is carbamazepine decline to a lesser extent and the changes in un- smaller [26]. Some of the observed changes in seizure frequency bound concentrations are insignifcant [28]. Marked decreases in are likely to be explained by the normal spontaneous fuctuations total phenytoin concentrations to about 40% of prepregnancy levels in seizure occurrence, but it appears that some periods of pregnan- have been reported [34], whereas free concentrations decreased to cy are associated with a signifcant increase in seizures. For valproic acid, no signifcant changes were alized tonic–clonic seizure occurs during labour in about 1–2% noted in unbound concentrations despite a fairly marked decrease of pregnancies of women with epilepsy and within 24 hours afer in total concentrations [34]. Taking all seizure types together, such as valproic acid and phenytoin, total plasma concentrations roughly 5% of women with epilepsy will experience seizures during can be misleading during pregnancy, underestimating the pharma- labour, delivery or immediately thereafer. In some patients, serum concentrations decline in late carbamazepine, lamotrigine, phenobarbital or valproate [32]. Of pregnancy to 30% of prepregnancy levels, with normalization all cases, 67% remained seizure-free throughout pregnancy. Such alterations in serum con- eralized tonic–clonic seizures occurred in 15% of the pregnancies. Recent data suggest a similar decline in likely to remain seizure-free (74%) than women with focal epilep- serum concentrations of the active moiety of oxcarbazepine [28] sy (60%). Worsening in seizure control from the frst to second or and a fall in serum concentrations of levetiracetam of up to 50% third trimesters occurred in 16% of pregnancies. The fgures quoted represent average changes for groups of pa- Status epilepticus occurs in less than 1% of all pregnancies of tients, while the efect of pregnancy varies among individuals. The women with epilepsy and does not seem to occur more frequently decline in plasma concentration is insignifcant in some patients during pregnancy than in other periods of life. A single drug level is of limited value cated that poor compliance with the drug treatment, ofen because because the optimal concentration difers in diferent individuals. If seizures occur for the frst time during the last The literature on rates of obstetric complications in pregnant wom- 20 weeks of pregnancy, eclampsia needs to be excluded. Earlier studies suggest cerebral venous thrombosis also occur at a higher frequency during that induction of labour and instrumental deliveries are more fre- pregnancy. This may be a consequence of fear of treatment also apply for women in pregnancy, although treatment seizures and unfamiliarity with epilepsy among obstetricians rath- is ofen withheld during the frst trimester unless the risk is high for er than a refection of an increased rate of obstetric complications. Caesarean section might be needed if frequent seizures greatly im- pair cooperation in the forthcoming labour and delivery or if a gen- Pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs during eralized tonic–clonic seizure occurs during labour [26]. For these pregnancy reasons, pregnant women with epilepsy should be counselled by The pharmacokinetics of many drugs changes signifcantly during obstetricians who are familiar with epilepsy-related problems and pregnancy, and this can have consequences for maternal seizure delivery should take place in well-equipped obstetric units. Reproductive Aspects of Epilepsy Treatment 315 While some studies suggest that, with modern management, controls and criteria for malformations can account for the varia- there is no signifcant increase in common obstetric complications tion in outcome [34]. However, the prevalence Although the pathogenesis is likely to be multifactorial, including of malformations among children exposed to carbamazepine is genetic predisposition, socioeconomic circumstances, seizures and consistently fairly low (2. Secondly, it appears that malformation rates are higher in association with valproic acid Major congenital malformations than with carbamazepine or lamotrigine, and that the risk of ma- A large number of retrospective and prospective cohort studies jor malformations with lamotrigine is similar to that of carbamaz- have confrmed an increased frequency of major malformations epine. The prevalence of ma- newer generation drugs are still too small to allow frm conclusions.

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Scm aphorin 3E and pIcxin-Dl con­ Pax-6 gene in rat small eye is associated with impaired m igration of trol vascular pattern independently of neuropilins discount aricept online amex. J family with congenital cataracts buy 10mg aricept, aniridia discount 5mg aricept with amex, anophthalm ia and central Em bryol Exp M orphol 1962;10:652-60 buy 5 mg aricept with visa. Ihe Rx hom eobox gene causcd by ChxlO hom eobox null allele: impaired retinal progenitor is essential for vertebrate eye development. Development of norm al retinal m ia, derm al aplasia, and sclcrocornca): an X-linkcd phenotype dis­ organization depends on Sonic hedgehog signaling from ganglion tinct from Goltz syndrom e. J Med Genet 1991;28: hedgehog as a candidate gene responsible for holoproscnccphaly. Nature m itochondrial holocytochrom c c-tvpe synthase in X-linked dom i­ 1996;383:107-13. M utations in the hom codo- derm al hypoplasia An example of differential X-chrom osomc inac­ m ain of the hum an S1X3 gene cause holoproscncephalv. Vied Genet tion and expression of the hum an fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase A 2005;138:95-8. O ligophrenia in com bination with congenital pituitary-gonadal axis in m ice and hum ans. J Clin Invest 2006;116: ichthyosis and spastic disorders: A clinical and genetic study. Persistent hyperplastic prim ary vitre­ a broad spectrum of malformations including anophthalmia, congen­ ous A clinicopathologic study o f 62 cases and review o f the litera­ ital heart delects, diaphragm atic hernia, alveolar capillary dysplasia, ture. Autosomally-recessive anophthalm ia w ith malfor O phthalm ol Strabismus 1981:21:5. Vitre prim itif hyperplasique vitreous in the right eye and congenital grouped pigm entation of avec persistance de larterehyaloidc,chez deux freresnon jumeaux. Persistent hyperplastic prim ary vit­ plicated persistent hyperplastic prim ary vitreous in adults. J Pcdiatr Ophthalm ol persistent hyperplastic prim ary vitreous with pseudophakia lipo- Strabismus 1985;22:3l. Persistent hypcrplastic prim ary vitreous associated Retinoblastom a occurring with persistence and hyperplasia of the with anterior rupture of the lens capsule. Oculo-palato-ccrebral two generations: variability of ocular m anifestations and definition dwarfism: a new syndrom e. Q 174X),12 adults typically have high hypermetropia o f + 10 t o +18 Bangladeshi (p. Ш5,,7л*’2‘>The finding of m ul­ In addition to being flat, the cornea can exhibit variable tiple founder mutations in the Saudi Arabian patients (as deep stromal opacities that are typically central or opposed to the Finnish patients) can be explained by the paracentral. As is typical, he has accommodative esotropia associated with his uncorrected high hyperopia (+ 10 diopters in both eyes). In addition to correcting the esotropia and improving vision, wear of the full hyperopic correction provides some cosmetic improvement as the corneas are magnified. Abnormalities of the iris can occur, including hypoplasia, Prior reports suggest the horizontal corneal diameter to be syncchiac, and/or corectopia. He had had a trabeculectomy with mitomycin-C depth, some showed that patients had shorter-than-average for narrow-angle glaucoma at 11 years of age before he was depth,1119 while others found depths that were within first referred to me. The m ost typical features of autosomal recessive cornea plana are demonstrated m this slit-iamp photograph: a Hypermetropia is typically not more than + 12 diopters, grossly flat small cornea with a broad. Common but more variable features of recessive cornea plana are shown in two different patients. On the right, early and prominent arcus iipoides is evident in an affected teenage girl. Vanable deep stromal opacity can occur in recessive cornea plana, as shown in three different patients. One study documented anterior Early arcus Iipoides has been described in some patients. Rarely, accjuired non-traumatic corneal decompensation (stromal haze and thickening without epithelial changes) can occur in recessive cornea plana, as shown in the left eye (right photograph) of a 45-year-old woman v«ho also has prominent arcus lipoides. Glaucoma is not documented in most reported patients; however, one woman from a Cuban family had documented ciosed-angle glaucoma. Microphthalmia may be simple (a small but other­ amino acid small leucine-rich proteoglycan/2 4 (Figure 6. In microcornea, corneal diameter is below normal (< 10 mm), with the rest of the eye being normal. Refraction can range from hyperinetropia to myopia depending upon axial length; inheritance can be sporadic, recessive, or dominant. This 9-year-old has clear can be unilateral or bilateral, can be associated with 9-mm corneas with normal keratometry, anterior chamber depths, and corneal flattening, and can occur with other ocular and/or axial lengths. Unlike cornea plana, microphthalmia is associated with a small globe (with or without other ocular another hydrophic amino acid, and N is asparagine). Sclerocornea refers to congenital opacification of most of the cornea, causing the cornea to resemble sclera. Leucine rich repeats (L x x L x L x x N x L x ) 0 Keratocan I C ysteine residue т N -glycosylation site I for Keratan sulfate 4 _________________________________________________________X Fi£unG. Rarely, congenital ing the fact that the phenotype for the disorder is specific for pupillary abnormalities may necessitate pupilloplasty. One is two with documented astigmatic progression15-1* and one the possibility of progressive corneal astigmatism (reported with corneal hydrops. Am J Ophthalmol for the existence of a dominant gene located in the region 1971;71:1254-8. Clinical and m olecular character­ m utation causing autosom al recessive cornca plana. Invest ization o f a patient with an interstitial deletion o f chrom osom e O phthalm ol Vis Sci 2001 ;42:3118-22 I2ql5-q23 and peripheral corneal abnorm alities. Evidence o f gcnetic characterization o f a family with autosom al rcccssivc cornca plana. I Pediatr O phthalm ol Strabismus m utation in a British family with cornca plana. J Biol nant cornca plana: clinical findings in a Cuban family and a review of Chcm 1999;274:18843-6. O phthalm ic G enet 2007;28: kcratan sulfate proteoglycan, is regulated by lumican. Traboulsi This chapter covers the clinical aspects of congenital malformations of the cornea, anterior chamber angle and some of those that involve the iris and lens. It reflects the anatomic proximity of the involved structures rather than common pathogenetic or cmbryopathic mechanisms among the different anomalies. This occurs over varied temporal and spatial domains in the development of the embryo. Epigenetic phenomena also play a part in the very variable phenotypes seen in specific gene disorders. The anterior segment is enlarged at the expense of the vitreous length—hence the synonym ante­ R&ute 7. This enlargement is best documented shagreen) in a patient with Х-linkcd megalocornea. Carrier females do with decreased endothelial cell density and characteristic not have any corneal anomalies. There is a well-recognized autosomal recessive bowing, pigment dispersion, secondary glaucoma, iridodo- syndrome of megalocornea and mental retardation nesis, lens dislocation and vitreoretinal abnormalities. These include partial trisomy 16q,16sporadic17and cataracts,3341subluxated lenses and glaucoma. Careful anterior segment microcornca involve more generalized ocular malformation examination supplemented with biometry is essential. Management of megalocornca consists of the exclusion Hypermetropic refractive error and associated amblyopia of congenital glaucoma and the recognition of associated may require treatment. Ocular size, as determined by ultrasonography, is resulting in corneal opacification. Microcornea may be inherited in a dom ­ of associated ocular anomalies have been reported. Both of these arc in the context genetic heterogeneity with other pedigrees reported of severe ocular malformations.

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The reason for so many biological concepts used in genetics: losses is that mistakes, called m utations, can occur within Each one of us starts off life when a sperm from our a gene needed for normal development and function of the father connects with an egg from our mother at the body. If a gene can be thought of as a recipe, a mutation is moment of conception, creating the first cell of the body. Hie sperm contains hereditary material from our father I he presence of a gene from each parent usually acts as a and the egg contains hereditary material from our mother protective mechanism so that if a mutation occurs in one in the form of genes. In this way the body is pro­ proteins that create the building blocks to make all of our tected from most mutation changes in genes. Some genes form the cclls into structures (eyes, estimate that each one of us probably inherits five to eight heart, brain, etc. Some genetic diseases occur in people because In each normal cell, we inherit one gene from our mother they have inherited a mutation within the same gene from and one gene from our father, so that there are two genes each of their parents. Couples of each gene in each of the eye cells and in each of our body related to each other prior to marriage have a higher chance cclls. This can cause a genetic dis­ pair of X chromosomes and males have one X chromo­ ease that has a 50% risk of being passed to the next genera­ some and one Y chromosome. Some people ent, the only genc a Y chromosome has directs the first cell affected with dominant gcnctic diseases have one affcctcd to become a male. Then the ccll divides all of the genetic material mutation occurs in some egg or sperm cells; then that exactly so that there are two new identical cells, each con­ person is unaffected but has affected children. Some body cells would have the mutations and some the outer cells become the placenta and the inner cells cclls would not. These embryonic cells go A third pattern of inheritance is called X-linked recessive. Some develop In a male with only one X chromosome, any mutation in a mental genes act as directors to divide cclls into three basic gene on lhat X chromosomc can cause a disorder because groups. One group becomes the future egg or sperm cells, there is no backup copy of that gene on the Y chromosome. Do you have more difficulty than friends and family mutation is identified, it is possible to determine the most seeing in dim or dark lighting? W hen leaving a light area to enter a dark area like a therapy may one day become available for certain genetic restaurant or movie theater, do you take more time disorders based on the identification of the gene mutation. Does your child have other medical conditions like difficulty hearing or bruising easily? Because of its anatomy, used to transduce multiple different types of cells in addi­ the eye provides several advantages over other organs as a tion to lung tissue, regardless of their cell cycle status. Compared to other organs, the eye is Multiple ocular cell types can be transduced by an adeno­ both small and compartmentalized, and thus the number virus vector. Intravitrcal injection results in transduc­ (such as a virus) required to affect ocular tissue, as well as tion of trabecular meshwork cells, iris pigment epithelium, the relatively tight blood-ocular barrier, limits potential and Muller cells. Equally impor­ by the inflammatory reaction and relatively short duration tant, the eye is an “immune-privileged” organ, and this of transgene expression. For these reasons, adenovirus potentially limits the im m une reaction to a given gene vectors became less popular. In addition to these benefits regarding the deliv­ used vector for gene delivery is the recombinant adeno- ery of gene therapy, the eye offers other advantages to associated virus. Major gene therapy studies will be discussed with a focus on research for retinal diseases that demonstrates important concepts and has led to human clinical trials. This was in part because of an effort to use gene therapy to cure genetic lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis and alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency/ the adenovirus was chosen because it had a natural tropism for lung epithelium. Furthermore, there were multiple advantages of an adenovirus vector that were relina apparent. These sp aces include the the ability to grow the vector to high titers, the ability to subretinal space, the vitreous cavity, and the anterior chamber. Different deliver a transgene with high efficiency, and its high cloning cell types can be targeted depending on the site of vector delivery. The most common adverse effect of rather than subretinal, injection may increase the likeli­ the treatment was mild to moderate inflammation; this hood of finding vector sequences in the brain. Regardless, was seen in six of eight patients and was controlled with Jacobson and colleagues point out that subretinal injections steroid treatment. Two of the patients who received 10" inevitably may have an intravitrcal component at the time viral particles developed corneal edema and increased of surgery or from postsurgical leak through the retinal intraocular pressure. However, one patient did develop This form of gene therapy has the potential advantage of an asymptomatic macular hole. Further studies will be necessary to evaluate the type protein that would be introduced. If gene therapy with an anti- studied this possible interaction with seven disease-causing angiogenic protein proves to be safe and effective, then this mutations in Rslh-deficient mice. Taken together, these nisms may lead to dysfunctional photoreceptors for the gene therapy studies suggest that considering a human retinal degenerations. Nevertheless, the photoreceptors retinoschisis gene therapy trial may be worthwhile. This enzyme is called nicotinamide adenine electroporation (see below for more on electroporation) dinucleotidetubiquinone oxidoreductase (complcx I) and has been reported to increase retinal ganglion survival is involved in oxidative phosphorylation. While this is an example of X-linked juvenile retinoschisis is a recessive retinal disease gene replacement through allotopic expression, the use of in which there is a splitting of the inner retina. This split­ gene therapy to deliver therapeutic genes has also been ting of the inner retina commonly occurs at the fovea, lead­ investigated. A brief overview of these mechanisms will be with a disease-causing mutation and risk treating an eye provided here (Fig. For example, it can be encoded by the cells not deliver the gene in time to rescue the optic nerve. One genome, it can arise from viruses that have infected the ccll, possibility discussed by Martin and Quigley would be to or it can be artificially introduced. However, it is important dose-dependent liver toxicity and even death of the mice. Both expressing functional protein, led to histologic improve­ routes of injection were effective. Other methods of be sensed and may lead to intracellular changes in gene delivery include lipid-based therapies, attaching cell-specific expression. 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It Normal >80 500–1500 was concluded that cheap aricept online visa, to achieve these concentrations order aricept 5mg without prescription, dosing regi- Mild 50–80 500–1000 mens can be either 10 mg/kg of oral solution twice daily in children Moderate 30–50 250–750 weighing ≤50 kg and a 500-mg tablet twice daily in those weigh- Severe <30 250–500 ing >50 kg or order aricept overnight delivery, when patients favour a solid formulation purchase aricept 5 mg free shipping, 10 mg/kg of oral solution twice daily in children weighing ≤20 kg, a 250-mg Source: Data from Brockmoller et al. At least for the majority of patients, Antiepileptic drugs no adjustments in levetiracetam dosage are expected to be required Figure 39. The illustration shows the ratios of the geometric fect the pharmacokinetics of the parent drug [26]. A potential interaction with phenytoin was specifcally investigated done at the same time in relation to dose (usually trough levels). Tracer doses of deuterium-labelled phe- patients who beneft from levetiracetam therapy, plasma concen- nytoin were given intravenously before and 12 weeks afer adding trations in the range of 8–40 µg/mL have been reported [65,66]. In on levetiracetam to the regimen of patients initially taking pheny- a position paper published by a subcommittee of the Internation- toin as monotherapy. Phenytoin pharmacokinetic parameters did al League Against Epilepsy, the reference range for plasma leveti- not change afer adding levetiracetam. The authors concluded that racetam concentrations was set at 12–46 µg/mL, although it was levetiracetam does not afect phenytoin disposition. A recent study used plasma concen- icantly altered in any of the placebo-controlled adjunctive trials tration monitoring to demonstrate reduced levetiracetam levels of levetiracetam or in a pooled analysis in adults and in children in patients receiving co-medication with carbamazepine, but the (Figure 39. Monitoring plasma In interaction studies with oral contraceptives, digoxin and war- levetiracetam concentrations can be especially useful before and farin, no evidence of any specifc interaction between levetiracetam during pregnancy, and during puerperium. Serum level monitoring Plasma or serum concentrations of levetiracetam have been de- Effcacy termined using gas chromatography with nitrogen phosphorus detection [35], high-performance liquid chromatography with Adjunctive therapy trials in adults with refractory ultraviolet detection [62] or liquid chromatography with mass focal seizures spectrometric detection [63]. It is recommended that the blood be The efcacy of levetiracetam in reducing the frequency of focal centrifuged within a short timeframe afer sampling, so as to avoid seizures in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy was demon- levetiracetam hydrolysis in vitro that would result in spuriously strated initially in three pivotal randomized, adjunctive-therapy, lower concentrations being measured [64]. The char- Levetiracetam exhibits moderate intra- and inter-individual var- acteristics of these studies can be found in Table 39. However, 904 subjects were randomized to placebo or levetiracetam 1000, because of its relatively short half-life, coupled with the common 2000 or 3000 mg/day. Tus, if monitoring is portion of patients with ≥50% reduction in weekly seizure frequen- performed for the purpose of measuring compliance, it should be cy from baseline) and percentage reduction in seizure frequency. P values refer to each Percentage levetiracetam group seizure-free Treatment compared with for full study Study n Design Inclusion criteria Doses duration placebo duration Shorvon et al. Responder rates were higher with Seizure freedom rates were investigated in a pooled analysis. When all stable dose period, and withdrawals were counted as not seizure-free, patients were converted to 4000 mg/day in a non-blinded extension seizure freedom rates were 0. With respect to long-term Pharmacological modelling of seizure count data from the four efcacy, Zaccara et al. Afer 1 junctive-therapy adult (as well as paediatric) trials in a total of 1861 year of treatment, levetiracetam retention rates, a combined esti- patients found that, at every dose analysed (1000–4000 mg/day in mate of efcacy and safety, ranged from 60% to 75%. Afer an 8-week prospective baseline, patients an experienced reader who was blinded to treatment groups. Among subjects who gories (1 month to <1 year; 1 year to <2 years; 2 years to <4 years). A large monotherapy study was performed in adults (age ≥16 years) with newly diagnosed epilepsy [77]. A total of 198 more focal or generalized tonic–clonic seizures in the previous year, children were randomized and provided evaluable data. A 50% reduction in focal seizure frequency per week was attained levetiracetam (500 mg twice daily; n = 288) or controlled-release in 44. Patients achieving the primary end-point the short-term phase, 183 entered a long-term phase. The non-inferiority limit was pre-specifed only for the 6-month seizure freedom end-point. The response rate during the 16-week treatment for the primary end-point was above the non-inferiority limit set period (reduction of ≥50% in the number of days/week with my- by the study protocol (–15%), levetiracetam could be considered oclonic seizures) was 58. Levetiracetam Another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, and controlled-release carbamazepine produced equivalent seizure parallel-group study enrolled adults and children (4–65 years of freedom rates in newly diagnosed epilepsy at optimal dosing in a age) with uncontrolled generalized tonic–clonic seizures associ- setting mimicking clinical practice. Patients An earlier randomized, controlled trial of refractory patients were randomized to levetiracetam (target dose 3000 mg/day for with focal seizures evaluated levetiracetam as monotherapy in a adults; 60 mg/kg/day for children) or placebo as adjunctive ther- step-wise fashion, frst adding it as an adjunct, then withdrawing apy. A total of 286 patients entered an placebo, n = 84), the percentage who had a ≥50% reduction in the initial double-blind randomized 18-week phase during which they frequency of generalized tonic–clonic seizures per week (respond- received add-on levetiracetam (3000 mg/day; n = 181) or placebo ers) during the treatment period was 72. Patients exited the study if they had worsen- racetam is an efective adjunctive treatment for patients with pre- ing of seizures, as measured by pre-established criteria. By the end viously uncontrolled genetic (idiopathic) generalized epilepsy with of the study, 19. Among the pa- An open-label, adjunctive-therapy uncontrolled study reported tients who completed the study, nine were seizure-free throughout 50% or greater response in 28 of 35 patients with eyelid myoclonia the 12-week evaluation period on levetiracetam monotherapy. The with absences (Jeavon syndrome) including 6 being seizure-free importance of this study was the demonstration of the feasibility of during a 12-week evaluation phase [82]. Evidence for a possible efcacy of levetiracetam in symptomatic A withdrawal to monotherapy study was performed using the generalized epilepsies is scanty. If patients meet certain predetermined exit crite- juvenile absence epilepsy ria that signify worsening of seizures, they are removed from the Several small series reports and an open-label prospective uncon- study. The number of exits is compared with a historical control, trolled monotherapy multicentre study in 21 patients aged 5–13 ‘virtual placebo’ determined by a meta-analysis of prior trials years suggest that levetiracetam can be efective in the management [79]. Patients were randomized in a 3 : 1 ratio to 2000 (n = 171) or of absence epilepsy [84]. Tere was a trend in favour of le- refractory generalized epilepsies vetiracetam, with 23% in the levetiracetam group, compared with A randomized placebo-controlled trial of levetiracetam in patients 4. Notably, 41 of the children with genetic (idiopathic) generalized epilepsy with myoclonic sei- enrolled did not become seizure-free on levetiracetam in the trial zures evaluated the efcacy and safety of a 3000 mg/day dose as or the open-label period that followed, but subsequently became adjunctive therapy in 120 subjects (12–65 years old) diagnosed with seizure-free on other treatments. A 2-year observational study of 51 Myoclonus can be caused by multiple cortical, subcortical and spi- children with acute repetitive seizures or status epilepticus [99] in- nal aetiologies, with levetiracetam having the largest amount of an- itially used doses of 10 mg/kg, but later in the study the dose was ecdotal evidence of efect in cortical myoclonus, but with reports increased to 30 mg/kg, run over 15 min. Levetiracetam open case series, levetiracetam was reported to have been bene- was discontinued for sustained aggression in one child, and for lack fcial in 8 of 13 patients with Unverricht–Lundborg progressive of efectiveness in three children. Tere are case reports or small series describing levetiracetam Studies in the palliative care setting ameliorating post-anoxic myoclonus [88], negative myoclonus [89], Levetiracetam was used in a palliative care setting where seizures myoclonus in corticobasal degeneration [90], Gaucher disease [91] occurred, with the majority of patients having primary or metastat- and spinocerebellar ataxia [92], among others. Results reported retrospectively Studies in patients with neonatal seizures for 20 patients indicated that seizures or status epilepticus were Tere has been increasing interest in using levetiracetam in neo- interrupted in 80% of cases [100]. Phenobarbital is considered the standard treatment for ne- skin irritation at the infusion site, although this could have been onatal seizures, but cardiorespiratory depression and somnolence due to the needle or infusion of other agents. Doses started at 10 mg/kg, increased An unblinded, non-randomized pilot study of 46 adults and 20 to 30 mg/kg over 3 days and increased again up to 60 mg/kg. Acute children evaluated the safety and tolerability of levetiracetam afer intervention with 20 mg/kg phenobarbital was permitted. Patients who had an early post-traumatic or collected over 12 months, although levetiracetam was discontinued intracranial haemorrhage, early post-traumatic seizure, penetrating in most before 4 weeks, and only 7 continued to or past 3 months. Tey were given either loraz- vetiracetam for (mostly) short-term seizure prophylaxis following epam (0. In two randomized controlled trials and four (20 mg/kg infused in 15 min) in an open-label fashion [95]. If sei- observational studies, there was no superiority of either agent with zures continued 10 min afer completion of the infusion, the other respect to early or late seizures, but the quality of the evidence was medication was administered. At 24 hours, seizure-freedom did not difer quality of life in adults with epilepsy signifcantly, with a slight trend favouring levetiracetam over loraz- Results from a double-blind, placebo-controlled efcacy study of epam (79. Despite this, levetiracetam is frequently used well-being, overall quality of life, energy/fatigue, seizure worry of-label and outside of protocols because of its relatively low rate and medication efects) [105,106]. Specifcally, a benefcial impact of cardiorespiratory depression and lack of drug–drug interactions, of levetiracetam over placebo was seen for seizure worry, cogni- which can be important in medically complex patients. However, a recent Improvements observed in levetiracetam starters (n = 66) were neurocritical care guideline supported the use of 20–60 mg/kg sustained long term (mean follow-up 4. In the study in patients with genetic (idio- er adverse efects included dizziness and nervousness. A summary pathic) generalized epilepsy with generalized tonic–clonic seizures of adverse events recorded in placebo-controlled trials is given in [81], treatment with levetiracetam resulted in greater improve- Table 39. In a study where no titration was used, the incidence ments in quality of life from the start of study than with placebo of somnolence, nausea and dizziness was greater during initiation (38. In that study, which sufered from controlled-release carbamazepine in newly diagnosed patients with considerable methodological limitations, levetiracetam (1000 mg/ focal epilepsy [77], discontinuation of treatment because of adverse day) was found to be better than placebo in reducing headache fre- events occurred in fewer patients on levetiracetam (14. A Cochrane review identifed six studies of levetiracetam in 344 Overall, there was no substantial diference in reported adverse adults with six pain syndromes [110]. However, depression of these conditions, and more subjects had adverse efects and more and insomnia were reported signifcantly more ofen with leveti- stopped taking levetiracetam than placebo.

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