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Monitoring Patients With Uncontrolled Epilepsy

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00001149
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

This study is designed to evaluate patients with uncontrolled seizures. Seizures can be associated with and monitored by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

In this study researchers will use video-electroencephalography (EEG) to monitor patients with uncontrolled or suspected seizures. EEG works by measuring electrical activity in different areas of the brain. The video-EEG allows researchers to examine changes in the EEG along with the clinical features of seizures as they occur.

In addition to monitoring electrical activity of the brain, researchers will take frequent antiepileptic drug blood levels. These measures will allow researchers to learn more about how each drug is absorbed and metabolized in the body.

The information collected in the study will be used to place patients into other scientific studies testing new therapies for epilepsy.

Condition or disease
Epilepsy Seizures

Detailed Description:
In this study we will use standard clinical studies, including simultaneous Video-EEG monitoring, to evaluate patients referred for uncontrolled or suspected seizures. The protocol will be used to screen patients for inclusion in other protocols, follow the natural history of seizure disorders, and train fellows in the evaluation and treatment of epilepsy. Both inpatients and outpatients will be studied.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 900 participants
Official Title: Monitoring of Seizures, EEG and Serum Antiepileptic Drug Concentrations in Patients With Uncontrolled Epilepsy
Study Start Date : November 1975
Study Completion Date : January 2002

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MedlinePlus related topics: Epilepsy Seizures

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

History of uncontrolled seizures, at the present time, at least during 6 months of the past 3 years, and preferably a continuous pattern of seizures during the few months prior to admission.

Seizure frequency, by history, must be sufficient to make video monitoring effective. Priority will be given to patients whose seizures occur once or more per day.

Patients of any age may be accepted.

Patients (and parents or guardians, if applicable) must express willingness to cooperate with the entire protocol, to be willing to undergo further diagnostic tests if needed, and to return for follow up evaluation at intervals as needed.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00001149

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United States, Maryland
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

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Other Study ID Numbers: 750124
First Posted: November 4, 1999    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
Last Verified: January 2002
Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Intensive Monitoring
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms