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Nov 1, 2010 Issue
Usefulness of Measuring Antiepileptic Medication Blood Levels in Patients with Epilepsy [Cochrane for Clinicians]
When treating a patient for epilepsy, there is not enough evidence to indicate if optimal seizure control is best obtained by routinely measuring medication levels compared with making adjustments based on the clinical picture.
What are the benefits and risks of starting antiepileptic drug treatment after a single seizure? What are the effects of monotherapy in newly diagnosed partial epilepsy? What are the effects of monotherapy in newly diagnosed generalized epilepsy (tonic-clonic type)?
What are the effects of treatments given during episodes of fever in children with one or more previous simple febrile seizures? What are the effects of long-term (daily, longer than one month) anticonvulsant treatment in children with a history of simple febrile seizures? What are the effects of tr...
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the Child Neurology Society have created recommendations for evaluation and diagnostic laboratory testing of children with status epilepticus.
Seizure is a common presentation in the emergency care setting, and new-onset epilepsy is the most common cause of unprovoked seizures. The patient history and physical examination should direct the type and timing of laboratory and imaging studies. No single sign, symptom, or test dearly differenti...
Up to 5 percent of children in North America and western Europe experience at least one episode of febrile seizure before six years of age. Most of these seizures are self-limited and patients do not require treatment. Continuous therapy after the seizure is not effective in reducing the development...
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released evidence-based recommendations for the use of serum prolactin tests in differentiating between epileptic and nonepileptic seizures.
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Sep 15, 2004 Issue
Recommendations for Prescribing New Antiepileptic Drugs [Practice Guidelines]
According to a meta-analysis by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society (AES), several new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are effective in treating selected patients with partial or mixed seizure disorders, but evidence for their efficacy in patients with generalized epilepsy syndromes is lacking.