Seizure Disorders

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.

Aug 1, 2003 Issue
Management of Status Epilepticus [Article]

Status epilepticus is an increasingly recognized public health problem in the United States. Status epilepticus is associated with a high mortality rate that is largely contingent on the duration of the condition before initial treatment, the etiology of the condition, and the age of the patient. Tr...

Jan 15, 2003 Issue
Seizure Disorders in the Elderly [Article]

Seizure disorders become increasingly common after the age of 60 years and can have a significant impact on functional status. The goal of antiepileptic drug therapy is to control seizures but preserve quality of life. If possible, seizure control should be achieved with one agent given in the lowes...

Oct 15, 2002 Issue
Epilepsy in Women [Article]

Epilepsy in women raises special reproductive and general health concerns. Seizure frequency and severity may change at puberty, over the menstrual cycle, with pregnancy, and at menopause. Estrogen is known to increase the risk of seizures, while progesterone has an inhibitory effect. Many antiepile...

Jul 1, 2001 Issue
Advances in the Treatment of Epilepsy [Article]

Significant advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy over the past decade. With the advent of electroencephalographic video monitoring, physicians are now able to reliably differentiate epilepsy from other conditions that can mimic it, such as pseudoseizures. In addition, n...

Sep 1, 2000 Issue
A Practical Approach to Uncomplicated Seizures in Children [Article]

Uncomplicated seizures and epilepsy are common in infants and children. Family physicians should be aware of certain epilepsy syndromes that occur in children, such as febrile seizures, benign focal epilepsy of childhood, complex partial epilepsy, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and video game-related e...

Jan 1, 1999 Issue
Epilepsy, Driving and the Law [Curbside Consultation]

Driving is critical to life in American society. Without a driver's license, it is difficult to be mobile, to be employed and to be a full participant in all aspects of living. Our society recognizes the need for a driver's license and generally makes one available to everyone as long as they meet c...

Apr 1, 1998 Issue
Management of Seizures and Epilepsy [Article]

While the evaluation and treatment of patients with seizures or epilepsy is often challenging, modern therapy provides many patients with complete seizure control. After a first seizure, evaluation should focus on excluding an underlying neurologic or medical condition, assessing the relative risk o...

Feb 1, 1998 Issue
Newer Anti-Eptileptic Drugs: Gabapentin, Lamotrigine, Felbamate, Topiramate and Fosphenytoin [Article]

Twenty-five to 40 percent of patients with epilepsy continue to have seizures despite optimal treatment with traditional antiepileptic drugs. Treatment with standard anticonvulsants such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproic acid and phenobarbital is often complicated by side effects and by failure ...

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