[Abstract] No prevention or cure of epilepsy as yet – Invited review

Highlights

  • Approximately 20% of all epilepsy is caused by acute acquired injury such as traumatic brain injury, stroke and CNS infection, with potential to prevent epilepsy
  • No treatment to prevent acquired epilepsy exists; and very few clinical studies have been done during the last 15 years to develop such treatment
  • We review possible reasons for this, possible ways to rectify the situations and note some of the ways currently under way to do so
  • We further review “cures” of epilepsy that occur spontaneously, and after surgical and sometimes medical antiseizure treatments. We note the limited understanding of the mechanisms of such remissions and thus, at present inability to replicate them with targeted therapy

Abstract

Approximately 20% of all epilepsy is caused by acute acquired injury such as traumatic brain injury, stroke and CNS infection. The known onset of the injury which triggers the epileptogenic process, early presentation to medical care, and a latency between the injury and the development of clinical epilepsy present an opportunity to intervene with treatment to prevent epilepsy. No such treatment exists and yet there has been remarkably little clinical research during the last 20 years to try to develop such treatment. We review possible reasons for this, possible ways to rectify the situations and note some of the ways currently under way to do so.

Resective surgical treatment can achieve “cure” in some patients but is sparsely utilized. In certain “self-limiting” syndromes of childhood and adolescence epilepsy remits spontaneously. In a proportion of patients who become seizure free on medications or with dietary treatment, seizure freedom persists when treatment is discontinued. We discuss these situations which can be considered “cures”; and note that at present we have little understanding of mechanism of such cures, and cannot therefore translate them into a treatment paradigm targeting a “cure” of epilepsy.

via No prevention or cure of epilepsy as yet – ScienceDirect

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