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Principles of treatment of epilepsy

Simon Shorvon

in Epilepsy

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199560042
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199560042.003.0005

Series: Oxford Neurology Library

Principles of treatment of epilepsy

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• All treatment decisions in epilepsy depend on a balance between the benefits and the drawbacks of therapy, and all treatment decisions should be tailored to the requirements of the individual patient. • Approximately 70% of people with epilepsy will stop having seizures at some point after the introduction of antiepileptic therapy • The treatment of newly diagnosed drug-naive epilepsy is more effective than that of chronic epilepsy. • Treatment protocols should be followed in all situations. • The choice of antiepileptic drug depends on the type of seizure and on other aspects relating to an individual patient profile. • The treatment protocols for epilepsy differ in different groups. Some patient groups have specific issues, for instance, children, the elderly, those with learning disability, and women of child-bearing age.

Chapter.  9392 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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