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Rufinamide in refractory childhood epileptic encephalopathies other than Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
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PMID:  20666837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: To report on the first multicenter Italian experience with rufinamide as adjunctive drug in children, adolescents and young adults with refractory childhood-onset epileptic encephalopathies other than Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
METHODS: Thirty-eight patients (19 males, 19 females), aged between 4 and 34 (mean 13.7 ± 8.3, median 12.5), all affected by different types of childhood-onset refractory epileptic encephalopathies other than Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, were treated with rufinamide as adjunctive drug for a mean period of 11.4 months (range 3-26 months).
RESULTS: Fifteen of 38 patients (39.5%) had a ≥ 50% seizure reduction in countable seizures. Complete seizure freedom was achieved in one of these patients (2.6%). Three patients (7.9%) had a 25-49% seizure reduction, whilst seizure frequency remained unchanged in 15 (39.5%) and increased in five patients (13.1%). Eleven patients (28.9%) reported adverse side effects. Vomiting was reported in five patients (13.1%); drowsiness, decreased appetite and irritability with migraine manifested in other four patients. They were transient and mild in all cases.
CONCLUSION: Rufinamide may be an effective and well-tolerated adjunctive drug for the treatment of refractory childhood-onset epileptic encephalopathies other than Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Rufinamide was most effective in patients with drop-attacks and (bi)frontal spike-wave discharges.
G Coppola; S Grosso; E Franzoni; P Veggiotti; N Zamponi; P Parisi; A Spalice; F Habetswallner; A Fels; A Verrotti; A D'Aniello; S Mangano; A Balestri; P Curatolo; A Pascotto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of neurology : the official journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1468-1331     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506311     Medline TA:  Eur J Neurol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  246-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 The Author(s). European Journal of Neurology © 2010 EFNS.
Clinic of Child Neuropsychiatry, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy.
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