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Treatment of Epilepsy in the Elderly

Derek J. Chong

in Epilepsy

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199743506
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199743506.003.0020

Series: What Do I Do Now

Treatment of Epilepsy in the Elderly

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Single and recurrent seizures are common in the elderly population. Acute symptomatic seizures are less likely to turn into epilepsy and long-term treatment is often not indicated. In other situations, treatment is important to reduce the sequelae of seizures, which could cause significant injury. Tolerability is the most important consideration, as many AEDs have the potential to worsen other medical issues that are common in the elderly.

Chapter.  1446 words. 

Subjects: Neurology

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