Background and Objectives Sudden unexplained/unexpected death (SUDEP) is related to high mortality in patients with epilepsy. The prolongation of QT interval, involved in cardiac arrhythmia-related SUDEP, may be precipitated by antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). In this study, we evaluated the effects of phenobarbital and levetiracetam on PR-QTc intervals in patients with post-stroke seizures. Methods We performed an open-label, parallel group, prospective, multicenter study between June 2009 and December 2013 in patients older than 18 years of age with a clinical diagnosis of post-stroke seizure and treated with phenobarbital or levetiracetam. In order to exclude a role of cerebral post-stroke injury on modulation of PR and QTc intervals, patients with cerebral post-stroke injury and without seizures were also enrolled as controls. Results Interictal electrocardiography analysis revealed no significant difference in PR interval between patients treated with an AED (n = 49) and control patients (n = 50) (181.25 +/- 12.05 vs. 182.4 +/- 10.3 ms; p > 0.05). In contrast, a significantly longer QTc interval was recorded in patients treated with an AED compared with control patients (441.2 +/- 56.6 vs. 396.8 +/- 49.3 ms; p < 0.01). Patients treated with phenobarbital showed a significantly longer QTc interval than patients treated with levetiracetam (460.0 +/- 57.2 vs. 421.5 +/- 50.1 ms; p < 0.05). Conclusions The study reported that in patients with late post-stroke seizures, phenobarbital prolonged QTc interval more so than levetiracetam.
|Titolo:||Effects of Phenobarbital and Levetiracetam on PR-QTc intervals in patients with post-stroke seizure|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|