Recently, Denmark researchers conducted a study in an effort to see how a seizure alert band would fare in people suffering from generalized tonic clonic seizures (GTCS), which is a major cause of seizure-related deaths in epileptics. So far, the study results appear promising.
Researchers wanted to test this wristband device in the hopes that the device could detect GTCSs and send an alarm that could help epileptic patients lead more independent lives. For this study, scientists analyzed data collected from 73 people between the ages of 6 and 68 who were likely to experience GTCSs and who were admitted to a neurology center to receive video and EEG monitoring. Each of the participants was given the wristband to wear for a period lasting anywhere from 17 and 171 hours. The wristband made a noise when it detected a seizure.
For the study, the researchers were looking at “a) the proportion of seizures that were detected by the wristband, b) how long after each seizure began the alarm sounded, and c) what the rate of false alarms was (i.e. how often the alarm sounded when there wasn’t a seizure taking place).” During the study, the wristbands detected 35 of the 39 overall GTCSs experienced by the users (which is an 89.7 percent detection rate).
What this means is that the wristband may be able to detect these dangerous seizures in a reliable way. While more studies will have to be done to verify or confirm these results, so far, things are looking good. Detecting seizures effortlessly may help prevent patients from having to use dangerous medications like Topamax as a means of trying to combat seizures. Topamax is an anti-seizure medication that has been found to be potentially dangerous to babies of mothers who take the drug while pregnant. Children may be born with birth defects such as PPHN, spina bifida, neural tube defects, oral clefts and heart, lung and brain defects after exposure to Topamax in-utero.
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