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Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2017

[Valproate in the treatment of epilepsy and status epilepticus]

JANSZKY József, TÉNYI Dalma, BÓNÉ Beáta

[According to Hungarian guidelines, valproate - with the exception of infants and small children as well as fertile women - is the first drug of choice in generalized and unclassified epilepsies because it is effective in most seizure types and epilepsy syndromes. It is highly effective in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Even though it is not the first-line drug in focal epilepsies, if the first-line therapy is ineffective, it is a plausible alternative as second choice therapy, owing to its different mechanism of action. If the type of epilepsy can’t be surely established, valproate is the drug of choice, as it possesses the broadest-spectrum among antiepileptic drugs. After administration of benzodiazepines, intravenously applied valproate can be a first choice therapy in all types of status epilepticus, owing to its broad-spectrum and efficacy. Valproate is the first-choice therapy in patients with glioblastoma - independently of the seizure type -, as it is likely to improve the survival rate with 2-10 months and the effectivity of chemo- and radiotherapy. Valproate is generally not suggested for fertile women, but - as it is the most effective therapy in some epilepsy syndromes -, the patient has the right to choose valproate therapy, thus undertaking the elevated risk of developmental abnormalities, for higher safety regarding seizures. If only valproate therapy owns the ability to obtain seizure freedom, then stopping its administration is not suggested, but a low dosage has to be aimed (500-600 mg/day, but not more than 1000 mg/day): according to some studies, most idiopathic generalized epilepsies can be controlled by low valproate dosage. Stopping valproate therapy in case of an ongoing pregnancy is not suggested. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2017

[Is second-line immunomodulatory treatment effective in multiple sclerosis?]


[Purpose - Natalizumab is the first evidence based monoclonal antibody, which was launched for treatment in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in Hungary in 2010. Standardized follow-up is required to use it. Our aim was to evaluate the efficacy and to monitor the safety of natalizumab treatment by using an electronic database established for MS registry. Clinical activity was measured by annual relapse rates, functional status of patients measured by EDSS and MFSC. Radiological activity was evaluated by standard MRI protocol. Data, results of MS patients and side effects of natalizumab treatment were recorded in iMed software. Results - 31 patients started the natalizumab treatment after 6.5±5.8 years from the onset of MS. The efficacy of treatment was evaluated after a mean of 67 (min: 14 max: 128) infusions in December 2016. The drop-out rate was low, due to the presence of neutralising antibodies in one case, pregnancy in two cases and development of malignant disease in one case which was not related to the natalizumab treatment. The treatment was well tolerated with excellent compliance without serious side effects. The annual relapse rate reduced from a mean of 1.7 to 0.03 (p<0.000001) in the first 12 months of treatment compared to the pretreatment 12 month activity, and it stayed at low level during the whole follow up. EDSS was stable or improved with an exception of two cases. In 23 subjects (77%) lack of new/enlarging T2 lesions and lack of gadolineum-enhancing lesions on MRI were observed. 18 patients (60%) had no evidence of disease activity (NEDA-3). PASAT test improved in most of the cases. Conclusion - The natalizumab therapy was very effective in all cases including those patients who had active disease under the previous immunomodulatory treatment.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 20, 2017

[County level mortality data of urogenital system in Hungary between 2010-2014]

KISS István, PAKSY András

[According to The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (10th Revision, ICD 10; XIV), urogenital diseases resulted in an average 910 yearly deaths in Hungary from 2010 through 2014, less than 1% of the cumulative mortality rate. Out of all urogenital conditions, kidney and bladder diseases were the leading cause of death, accounting for nearly 85 percent of all deaths in the examined period. It should be noted that mortality due to urogenital cancers, renovascular hypertonia, diabetic nephropathy, congenital malformations and pathologies related to childbirth and pregnancy are excluded from consideration in the present review. As the Hungarian Central Statistical Office does not disclose the causes of death by age and gender at its county-level data, this paper reports gender-specific mortality rates. Due to the fact that the county-level mortality rate of urogenital diseases is low and the yearly standard deviation is high, the five-year overall mortality rate of 2010-2014 is presented. Hungarian counties differ greatly in terms of mortality from urogenital diseases. The number of deaths per 100 000 population ranges between 6.74 in Békés county and 16.38 in Fejér county. Counties within the same region may exhibit substantially different mortality rates. An overall 7.01 deaths per 100 000 population was reported in Győr-Moson-Sopron county, whereas among residents of the neighbouring Vas county the rate was reported as 14.73 per 100 000 population. The observed variations prevail even when standardised mortality rates are compared and thus the differences in the counties’ age distributions are accounted for. Regional differences become more apparent when only the deaths caused by kidney diseases are analysed out of all urogenital pathologies. In this case, two- or threefold differences are observed between the respective Hungarian counties. Major disparities are still present between counties within the same region. For example, the number of deaths per 100.000 population is 3.74 in Hajdú-Bihar county, and 8.04 in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county, respectively. The diagnosis frequency of kidney diseases has a strong positive correlation with case fatality, but it may not fully account for all regional variations in mortality rates. Regional characteristics of dialytic care and the accessibility of dialytic facilities is not related to patient mortality. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 18, 2016

[Intravenous immunoglobulin immunotherapy in immune mediated habitual abortions]


[INTRODUCTION - Based upon international and domestic research data authors summerize the humoral and cellular im­munregulatory disorders which can be found in the background of “immune me­diated abortions” (IMA). PATIENTS AND METHODS - Within the frame of a home research program a special examination protocol was elaborated in order to sepatare alloimmune habitual abortions from autoimmune and non immune backgrounds. After all other causes were excluded erythrocyte antibody inhibition assay (EAI) was used for measuring the serum level of FcgRII receptor blocking IgG antibody, because its lack an important diagnostic parameter. Among the cell mediated immunofuntional tests the mixed lymphocyte culture reaction (MLC) was the most useful. During the roughly last 16 years 67 out of 76 selected alloimmun IMA patients were administered Intratect IVIG treatment without any particular selection among them. IVIG treatment was first applied on the completed 5-6th week of pregnancy and doses of 0,3-0,4g/kg bodyweight per oc­casion were given 3 times with 3-week intervals. RESULTS - Altogether a significant rise in the serum level of blocking antibodies was shown after each IVIG treatment although a slight decrease was seen after every given dose. Of the 67 IMA patients 54 carried infants to term during the study period. In 4 cases of abortion no cause was identified with post hoc diagnosis. Thus the success rate of this type of IVIG therapy was 93.1% (58/54). Conclusion - In approprietly selected alloimmun IMA cases the IVIG generated immunoregulatory and antiimflammatory pathways may contribute to its net positive reproductive effect.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

[The role of zonisamide in the treatment of women with epilepsy]


[The antiepileptic drugs can effect fertility, development of gynecological diseases and occurence of sexual problems. They can cause a number of “cosmetic” problem and also influence the selection of safe contraceptive method. Many antiepileptic drugs can cause congenital malformations or affect the new-born child’s psychomotor and cognitive development, therefore during pregnancy should be treated with extreme caution in women with epilepsy. Most types of epilepsies accompany the patient through their whole life. Women spend almost the third of their lives after menopause and - due to the formation of associated diseases as well - this period is also special. According to the 2013 recommendation of International League Epilepsy (ILAE), zonisamide is one of the first-line antiepileptic drugs in focal epilepsy. In my review I discuss women’s epilepsy in the viewpoint of the application of zonisamid. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

[Eating disorders and pregnancy - a review of literature]

DUKAY-SZABÓ Szilvia, VARGA Márta, TÚRY Ferenc

[Eating disorders are psychosomatic disorders affecting primarily women, and influence reproductive functions as well. They have an impact on ovarial cyclem fertility, course of pregnancy, process of delivery, post partum period. Moreover, some data show that they can influence the adult health status. Extensive research from the last three decades call the attention to the fact that besides the classical eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa) the newer types (e.g., orthorexia nervosa), and subclinical disorders also occur in a subgroup of pregnant women. For this reason it is of key importance that the personnel working in the territory of obstetrics and gynecology have a solid knowledge about the symptoms, screening and therapeutical opportunities, and outcome of these disorders. The review summarizes the recent research data about the relationship of eating disorders and pregnancy.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2016

[Meningioma and pregnancy]


[Meningiomas are one of the most frequent primary intracranial tumours, representing one-third of all intracranialneoplasms. The vast majority of meningiomas are histologically benign, but recurrence and progression is quite frequent. They occur usually between the 6th and 7th decade, the female/male ratio is 3:2. Although rare in pregnancy, when occurring, they can cause serious, life-threatening complications due to rapid growth and unfavourable localisation. There are two dominant hypothesis explaining rapid growth in pregnancy: the role of hormonal effects and hemodynamic changes. Several studies tested these theories but none provided unequivocal answer probably because the pathomechanism is complex and multifactorial. We provide an overview of the pathomechanism of meningiomas in pregnancy with emphasis on data obtained by advanced neuropathological, molecular biological, bioinformatic, imaging and epidemiological methods. A better understanding of the processes leading to meningioma development and growth in pregnancy will help us to design personalized therapy and reduce morbidity and mortality.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

DECEMBER 25, 2015

[Prevention of type-2. diabetes in the light of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)]


[Aim of the research: The main objective of the present study is to call women’s attention to the importance of preventive medical screenings and to increase the participation rate by emphasizing preconceptional care. Other aims include: Maintaining good health of pregnant and non-pregnant women; Ensuring a smooth antenatal period and the delivery of healthy infants; Primary prevention before the occurrence of GDM; Emphasizing the importance of secondary prevention for clients with already developed GDM; Highlighting the necessity of lifestyle change; Motivating patients to participate at follow-up checkups as tertiary prevention. Research and sampling methods: Questionnaire involving pregnant women of age 20-45 years (n=104) The questionnaires are uniform, each containing the same questions. Data collection was supported by antenatal care staff at Szent Margit Hospital where great emphasis is placed upon the early detection of GDM. Results: Age, body weight, education level and social background correlate with the occurrence of GDM as well as with the outcome of GDM-affected pregnancies. Due to the regular prenatal care including regular GDM care, the outcome of GDM-affected pregnancies is complaint-free, spontaneous delivery and postpartum period. Conclusions: It is essential that pregnant women receive adequate information about the importance of GDM prevention and its early diagnosis. The significance of educating pregnant women to adopt a healthy lifestyle must be given top priority. ]

Clinical Oncology

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

[Pregnancy and cancer]

NAGY Zsuzsanna, SZILLER István, VALTINYI Dorottya, HORVÁTH Orsolya

[The joint appearance of pregnancy and cancer is rare. It is highly recommended that the tumorous pregnant should be managed by a multidisciplinary team. The early diagnosis is very important, but it is not easy, because the symptoms of pregnancy and cancer are rather similar. Imaging diagnosis has to avoid ionizing radiation (e.g. PET/CT). The same is true for chemotherapy in the fi rst trimester, due to the increased risk of developmental abnormalities. Consequently, radiation therapy is not allowded throughout the pregnancy, and the chemotherapy in the fi rst trimester is a strong indication for the interruption of pregnancy. Surgery, with good practice, usually can be performed without complications. Chemotherapy, given in the second and third trimester generally follows the standard protocols with a low frequency of developmental errors. Early delivery should not be encouraged, except the delay has a hazardous effect on the mother and/or on the child. The pregnant should be informed about all steps to be an active part of the fi nal decision.]

Clinical Neuroscience

MARCH 25, 2015

[Effects of maternal epilepsy and antiepileptic therapy in women during pregnancy]

VANYA Melinda, ÁRVA-NAGY Nóra, SZILI Károly, SZOK Délia, BÁRTFAI György

[Objective - The aim of this study was to analyse the effects of epilepsy and antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment on pregnancy and the perinatal outcome, retrospectively. Methods - We examined the obstetric and fetal outcomes among women with epilepsy (WWE), who were followed-up at the Department of Neurology, and who delivered at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (n=91) between 31th December 2000 and 31th March 2014. Statistical comparisons of different obstetric and fetal parameters on a sample of 91 WWE and 182 non-WWE were assessed by the chi-square-test, the independent sample t-test. Results - The rate of major congenital malformations (MCMS) among the newborns of all AEDs exposed mothers was 7.69%. There were three peaks of seizures: during the third trimester, during delivery and in the puerperium. The prevalence of miscarriages, post-term birth and the rate of caesarean section were significantly higher among the WWE than among the non-WWE (p=0.001; p<0.001; p=0.02). Parameters of neonates (birth weight, birth length, head-, and chest circumference) were significantly different between the WWE group and the non-WWE group (p=0.003, p<0.001, p<0.001, p<0.001) Conclusions - In contrast with recent publications, there were significant differences in the parameters of neonates between the two groups. Our results are in accordance with those of previous studies from the aspect of AED-related MCM, the elevated risk of miscarriages and pre-existing hypertension. ]