Category: "Epilepsy in women"

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Studies show that sex steroid hormone concentrations significantly increase throughout the duration of pregnancy. These concentrations and their neuroactive steroid metabolites may influence fetal neurodevelopment and seizure control among pregnant women with epilepsy. Enzyme-inducing (EI) antiseizure medications (ASMs) have been known to alter sex steroid hormone concentrations in the nonpregnant state. In a recent analysis […]

Epilepsy and pregnancy: Managing epilepsy during pregnancy and potential effects

Epilepsy and pregnancy: Managing epilepsy during pregnancy and potential effects

Women with epilepsy face unique challenges during pregnancy due to potential risks associated with seizures and antiepileptic medications. Here’s how to manage Managing epilepsy during pregnancy requires careful planning, monitoring and coordination between the patient, obstetrician and neurologist to ensure the health of both the mother and the unborn child. Women with epilepsy face unique challenges during pregnancy due to the potential risks […]

Do My Children Have a Higher Risk of Epilepsy Because of My Epilepsy or Seizure Medications?

Do My Children Have a Higher Risk of Epilepsy Because of My Epilepsy or Seizure Medications?

A question frequently posed by expectant mothers with epilepsy is “Do my children have a higher risk of epilepsy because of my epilepsy or seizure medications?” and its significance cannot be overstated. While genetic factors likely play a significant role, several studies have indicated a higher risk of epilepsy in children born to mothers with […]

NeurologyLive® Year in Review 2023: Top Stories in Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

NeurologyLive® Year in Review 2023: Top Stories in Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

In 2023, the NeurologyLive® staff was a busy bunch, covering clinical news and data readouts from around the world across a number of key neurology subspecialty areas. From major study publications and FDA decisions to societal conference sessions and expert interviews, the team spent all year bringing the latest information to the website’s front page. Among our […]

Hard Conversations in Managing Epilepsy in Teenagers: Contraception

Hard Conversations in Managing Epilepsy in Teenagers: Contraception

ORLANDO, Fla.—Because of medication interactions, risks for abuse and the teratogenic effects of anti-seizure drugs, adolescents with epilepsy who become pregnant have a unique risk profile that should be addressed by their neurology care team, said Sarah Weatherspoon, MD, a pediatric epileptologist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, in Memphis, Tenn., at the 2023 annual meeting […]

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