Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is an epilepsy syndrome characterized by myoclonic jerks (quick jerks of the arms or legs), generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCSs), and sometimes, absence seizures.  The seizures of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy often occur when people first awaken in the morning, especially if they are sleep-deprived. Drinking alcohol and psychological stress may also make these seizures more likely.  Onset typically occurs around adolesence in otherwise healthy children.  The exact cause of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy remains unknown.  Although patients usually require lifelong treatment with anticonvulsants, their overall prognosis is generally good.


 

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The terms "Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy" returned 74 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Risk-taking behavior in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
 

Author(s): Britta Wandschneider, Maria Centeno, Christian Vollmar, Jason Stretton, Jonathan O'Muircheartaigh, Pamela J Thompson, Veena Kumari, Mark Symms, Gareth J Barker, John S Duncan, Mark P Richardson, Matthias J Koepp

Journal: Epilepsia. 2013 Dec;54(12):2158-65.

 

Patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) often present with risk-taking behavior, suggestive of frontal lobe dysfunction. Recent studies confirm functional and microstructural changes within the frontal lobes in JME. This study aimed at characterizing decision-making behavior ...

Last Updated: 5 Dec 2013

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Cortical excitability in drug naive juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
 

Author(s): Vinod Puri, P M Sajan, Veena Chowdhury, Neera Chaudhry

Journal: Seizure. 2013 Oct;22(8):662-9.

 

To evaluate the effect of diurnal variability on cortical excitability using single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in drug naive patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) and to look for any differences in cortical excitability between males and females.

Last Updated: 6 Sep 2013

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[Mental illness, personality traits and quality of life in epilepsy: control study of patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and other epilepsies].
 

Author(s): Sara Martínez-Domínguez, Jacob Labrada-Abella, Alfonso Pedrós-Roselló, Elena López-Gomáriz, José M Tenías-Burillo

Journal: Rev Neurol. 2013 Jun;56(12):608-14.

 

The association of epilepsy with mental illness is described for years. Current is trying to relate certain epilepsies, such as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) with certain personality traits marked by emotional instability.

Last Updated: 7 Jun 2013

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The terms "Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy" returned 4 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy].
 

Author(s): Marte Roa Syvertsen, Rune Markhus, Kaja Kristine Selmer, Karl O Nakken

Journal: Tidsskr. Nor. Laegeforen.. 2012 Aug;132(14):1610-3.

 

Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is a generalised epilepsy with seizure onset in youth. The aim of this review is to present updated knowledge about the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of JME.

Last Updated: 9 Aug 2012

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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
 

Author(s): Isabel Alfradique, Marcio Moacyr Vasconcelos

Journal: Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2007 Dec;65(4B):1266-71.

 

Juvenile myoclonus epilepsy (JME) is a common epileptic syndrome, the etiology of which is genetically determined. Its onset occurs from 6 through 22 years of age, and affected patients present with myoclonic jerks, often associated with generalized tonic-clonic seizures - the most ...

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2008

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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy: under-appreciated and under-diagnosed.
 

Author(s): R Renganathan, N Delanty

Journal: Postgrad Med J. 2003 Feb;79(928):78-80.

 

Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is a hereditary, idiopathic, generalised epilepsy and is found in 5%-11% of patients with epilepsy. It is characterised by myoclonic jerks, occasional generalised tonic-clonic seizures, and sometimes absence seizures. JME continues to be under-appreciated ...

Last Updated: 3 Mar 2003

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Physical Exercise in Subjects With Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Epilepsy; Epilepsia; Epileptic Seizures; Seizure Disorder

 

Last Updated: 9 Oct 2011

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