Antiepileptic Activity

  • Mary-Jeanne KallmanEmail author
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Epilepsy is a disease of high prevalence, known for thousands of years as “morbus sacer.” In spite of intensive investigations, the pathophysiology of epilepsy is still poorly understood with a high probability that there are multiple determining factors. Studies with various animal models have provided ample evidence for heterogeneity in the mechanisms of epileptogenesis. New evidence derives from investigations of kindling, which involves the delivery of brief, initially subliminal, electrical, or chemical stimuli to various areas of the brain. After 10–15 days of once-daily stimulation, the duration and intensity of after-discharges reach a stable maximum, and a characteristic seizure is produced. Subsequent stimulation then regularly elicits seizures. Currently there is extensive interest in the convulsive consequences of trauma and head injury and the relationship to depression, convulsions, and suicide (Walsh et al. 2016; Teshic et al. 2013). Future research in this area will establish appropriate treatment paradigms and drug therapies appropriate to reduce the risk of seizure from these situations.

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