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Refractory Epilepsy: General Approach

Carl W. Bazil

in Epilepsy

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Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199743506
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199743506.003.0021

Series: What Do I Do Now

Refractory Epilepsy: General Approach

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Patients with epilepsy who have failed two trials of an appropriate anticonvulsant drug should be considered for further evaluation. Usually, this includes video-EEG monitoring to confirm the diagnosis, as a substantial subset will be found to have conditions other than epilepsy. If epilepsy is confirmed, the patient may be considered for other treatments, including alternative medications, devices, and surgery.

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Subjects: Neurology

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