Last updated on September 2018

Antibodies Causing Epilepsy Syndromes: The ACES Study.

Brief description of study

The Antibodies Causing Epilepsy Syndromes (ACES) Study is a observational cohort study focusing on detection of auto-immune epilepsy in patients with epilepsy of unknown origin.

Detailed Study Description

Recently new treatable causes of epilepsy have been identified. These disorders are caused by a disruption of the balance in the brain caused by inflammation. This inflammatory reaction is caused by an autologous reaction of the immune system to specific brain proteins. The body produces antibodies to specific parts of the brain. These disorders can lead to epilepsy, memory dysfunction and psychiatric problems. Recognition is necessary for good treatment. Mostly anti-epileptic drugs are insufficient. These diseases can be treated with immune-modulating therapy. The ACES Study will focus on determining the frequencies of known antibodies and finding new, currently unknown, antibodies, causing epilepsy. Therefore patients will be investigated with epilepsy of unknown origin. To find new antibodies sera of patients with epilepsy will be added to brain sections of rats and to cultivated neuronal cells to look for a reaction. If new antibodies will be detected clinical features will be mapped of the patients. Also effects of antibodies on brain cells will be determined. Discovery of new antibodies can provide new treatment options for these patients. Also it will enable to discover more about the pathologic mechanisms of epilepsy.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02802475

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