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Epilepsy and lockdown: A survey of patients normally attending a Spanish centre.
Conde Blanco, Estefanía; Manzanares, Isabel; Centeno, María; Khawaja, Mariam; Betrán, Olga; Donaire, Antonio; Carreño, Mar.
  • Conde Blanco E; Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS). EpiCARE Network, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Manzanares I; Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS). EpiCARE Network, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Centeno M; Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS). EpiCARE Network, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Khawaja M; Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS). EpiCARE Network, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Betrán O; Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS). EpiCARE Network, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Donaire A; Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS). EpiCARE Network, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Carreño M; Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS). EpiCARE Network, Barcelona, Spain.
Acta Neurol Scand ; 143(2): 206-209, 2021 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1388169
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ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

Lockdown due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic became a challenge to maintain care for patients with epilepsy; we aimed to find out how the pandemic affected them.

METHODS:

We sent an online 22-item questionnaire to patients from our outpatient clinic, a reference centre in Spain for drug-resistant epilepsy, inquiring about the effects of lockdown, from March to May 2020.

RESULTS:

We sent the survey to 627 patients; 312 (58% women) sent a complete response and were included. Of all respondents, 57% took >2 antiseizure medications. One-third of respondents (29%) declared an associated cognitive or motor disability. A minority had confirmed infection with SARS-CoV-2 (1.92%). Seizure frequency remained like usual in 56% of patients, while 31.2% reported an increase. Less than 10% needed emergent assistance. Almost half reported anxiety or depression, and 25% increased behavioural disorders. Mood (F 5.40; p 0.002) and sleep disorders (F = 2.67; p 0.05) were associated with increase in seizure frequency. Patients were able to contact their physicians when needed and were open to a future telematic approach to follow-up visits.

CONCLUSIONS:

Seizure frequency and severity remained unchanged in most patients during the lockdown. Mood and sleep disorders were common and associated with seizure worsening. Patients were open to telematic care in the future.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Quarantine / Epilepsy / Pandemics / COVID-19 Type of study: Diagnostic study / Randomized controlled trials Topics: Long Covid Limits: Adult / Female / Humans / Male / Middle aged Country/Region as subject: Europa Language: English Journal: Acta Neurol Scand Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: ANE.13354

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Quarantine / Epilepsy / Pandemics / COVID-19 Type of study: Diagnostic study / Randomized controlled trials Topics: Long Covid Limits: Adult / Female / Humans / Male / Middle aged Country/Region as subject: Europa Language: English Journal: Acta Neurol Scand Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: ANE.13354