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Antiepileptic drugs withdrawal in patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy.
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PMID:  21493107     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the risk of seizure recurrence after antiepileptic drugs (AED) withdrawal and to identify related predictive features in patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) commencing at developing age (up to 16 year).
METHODS: Medical records of consecutive patients with IGE from two refferal hospitals were evaluated between 2001 and 2009. Inclusion criteria were clinical and EEG diagnosis of IGE and follow up for at least 2years after the AED withdrawal. The cohort consisted of 59 patients (38 females, 21 males). Follow up after withdrawal lasted 2-10years (median 3) Time to seizure relapse and predictive factors were analyzed by survival methods.
RESULTS: There were 21 (35.6%) patients with childhood absence epilepsy (CAE), 11 (18.6%) with juvenile absence epilepsy (JAE), 10 (16.9%) with isolated primary GTC seizures, and 17 (28.8%) with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). The relapses occured in 23 (52.2%) patients: one (6.2%) with CAE, 4 (50%) with JAE, 8 (80%) with IGE with GTC seizures and all with JME. During the first 6 months 54.5% patients relapsed (20% during withdrawal), 63.6% within 12 months, 81.8% within18 months and 95.4% within 24 months after withdrawal. Female gender, age at onset of seizures, seizure types, EEG worsening during/after AED withdrawal and age at withdrawal were significantly associated with relapse risk according to univariate analysis. In multivariate analysis, retained significant factors were: seizure types and EEG worsening.
CONCLUSION: Diagnosis of the specific IGE syndrome strongly affects relapse rate: the lowest was in CAE, the highest in JME. Independent risk factors for seizure relapse were: seizure type and EEG worsening during and/or after withdrawal.
Milen Pavlović; Nebojša Jović; Tatjana Pekmezović
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-04-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seizure     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1532-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Seizure     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-29     Completed Date:  2011-12-12     Revised Date:  2014-10-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306979     Medline TA:  Seizure     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  520-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Age of Onset
Anticonvulsants / adverse effects*,  therapeutic use
Child, Preschool
Epilepsy, Generalized / drug therapy*
Follow-Up Studies
Risk Factors
Seizures / chemically induced*,  drug therapy
Sex Factors
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