Efficacy of levetiracetam in the treatment of drug-resistant Rett syndrome

Efficacy of levetiracetam in the treatment of drug-resistant Rett syndrome Rett syndrome (RTT) is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by a wide spectrum of phenotypes. Epilepsy is reported to occur in 50–90% of patients with RTT; some develop medically refractory epilepsy. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of levetiracetam (LEV) in drug-resistant patients with RTT. This prospective, pragmatic, open-label study consisted of an 8-week baseline period and a 6-month evaluation period. Efficacy variable was the mean frequency of monthly seizures before, and after 3 and 6 months of treatment with LEV. Eight female patients, aged 7.5–19 years (M12.8 ± 5) entered the study. Mean age at epilepsy onset was 25.8 ± 14.1 months. All patients showed MeCP2 mutation. Patients had been treated with a mean of 3.4 AEDs (2–7) before LEV. The mean LEV dose was 44.84 ± 18.02 mg/kg/day. The mean monthly seizure frequency for all types of seizures during the baseline period was 21.3 ± 8.1 (range 10–35); after 3 months it was 3.3 ± 4.1 (range 0–9) and after 6 months of LEV treatment it was 1.5 ± 2 (range 0–4), p < 0.0001. The mean follow-up period was 20.2 ± 13 months. Mild sleepiness occurred in two patients, one reported intermittent agitation. Levetiracetam appeared effective in our series of drug-resistant RTT patients. All reported a reduction in seizure frequency and consequently a better quality of life. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Epilepsy Research Elsevier

Loading next page...
 
/lp/elsevier/efficacy-of-levetiracetam-in-the-treatment-of-drug-resistant-rett-8JxnEU0mn8
Publisher
Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN
0920-1211
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2009.10.005
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Rett syndrome (RTT) is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by a wide spectrum of phenotypes. Epilepsy is reported to occur in 50–90% of patients with RTT; some develop medically refractory epilepsy. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of levetiracetam (LEV) in drug-resistant patients with RTT. This prospective, pragmatic, open-label study consisted of an 8-week baseline period and a 6-month evaluation period. Efficacy variable was the mean frequency of monthly seizures before, and after 3 and 6 months of treatment with LEV. Eight female patients, aged 7.5–19 years (M12.8 ± 5) entered the study. Mean age at epilepsy onset was 25.8 ± 14.1 months. All patients showed MeCP2 mutation. Patients had been treated with a mean of 3.4 AEDs (2–7) before LEV. The mean LEV dose was 44.84 ± 18.02 mg/kg/day. The mean monthly seizure frequency for all types of seizures during the baseline period was 21.3 ± 8.1 (range 10–35); after 3 months it was 3.3 ± 4.1 (range 0–9) and after 6 months of LEV treatment it was 1.5 ± 2 (range 0–4), p < 0.0001. The mean follow-up period was 20.2 ± 13 months. Mild sleepiness occurred in two patients, one reported intermittent agitation. Levetiracetam appeared effective in our series of drug-resistant RTT patients. All reported a reduction in seizure frequency and consequently a better quality of life.

Journal

Epilepsy ResearchElsevier

Published: Feb 1, 2010

References

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off