Epilepsy: Problem Solving in Clinical Practice

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This book tackles some of the common and difficult problems encountered by the clinical neurologist by providing practical guidance. The contributors approach the clinical challenges presented from their own points of view. Up-to-date references support the claims for preferred therapeutical and surgical treatments.

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Overview

This book tackles some of the common and difficult problems encountered by the clinical neurologist by providing practical guidance. The contributors approach the clinical challenges presented from their own points of view. Up-to-date references support the claims for preferred therapeutical and surgical treatments.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Vijaya Patil, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: There are many situations in the management of patients with epilepsy where a physician is at a loss and does not have specific answers. These situations are, with the current state of knowledge, extremely puzzling and they tend to generate a lot of controversy in their management. This book is a practical review of the issues related to the diagnosis and management of complex and controversial issues in caring for patients with epilepsy for which there are no easy answers.
Purpose: The editors hope that readers will use the knowledge contained in this book to identify and tackle the clinical problems encountered in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with epilepsy. These are extremely worthy objectives. They have succeeded in their efforts to portray a practical approach to difficult problems, using their combined experience.
Audience: According to the editors, this book is intended for physicians who treat epileptic patients. It is especially useful for neurologists and epileptologists, both seasoned physicians and those in training.
Features: Comprehensive discussions are included on the controversial issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. There are chapters devoted to the differential diagnosis of epilepsy, age-related diagnostic issues, and diagnosis of associated behavioral disabilities. With the ongoing achievements in the understanding of this disease, and with the introduction of new treatment options for seizures, this second edition includes a series of chapters devoted to the treatment and challenges of epilepsy. Approaches to seizure treatment are extensively covered and current controversies are exposed and weighed. The references are exhaustive and current. Experts from around the world explain their approaches to managing the clinical issues of epilepsy. The summary at the end of each chapter is a succinct description of the salient features of the chapter.
Assessment: This is a useful resource for physicians, especially neurologists and epileptologists, who encounter difficult clinical problems in epileptic patients. This book is well written and provides an up-to-date, practical review of important issues related to the diagnosis and management of epilepsy.
Vijaya K. Patil
There are many situations in the management of patients with epilepsy where a physician is at a loss and does not have specific answers. These situations are, with the current state of knowledge, extremely puzzling and they tend to generate a lot of controversy in their management. This book is a practical review of the issues related to the diagnosis and management of complex and controversial issues in caring for patients with epilepsy for which there are no easy answers. The editors hope that readers will use the knowledge contained in this book to identify and tackle the clinical problems encountered in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with epilepsy. These are extremely worthy objectives. They have succeeded in their efforts to portray a practical approach to difficult problems, using their combined experience. According to the editors, this book is intended for physicians who treat epileptic patients. It is especially useful for neurologists and epileptologists, both seasoned physicians and those in training. Comprehensive discussions are included on the controversial issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. There are chapters devoted to the differential diagnosis of epilepsy, age-related diagnostic issues, and diagnosis of associated behavioral disabilities. With the ongoing achievements in the understanding of this disease, and with the introduction of new treatment options for seizures, this second edition includes a series of chapters devoted to the treatment and challenges of epilepsy. Approaches to seizure treatment are extensively covered and current controversies are exposed and weighed. The references are exhaustive and current. Expertsfrom around the world explain their approaches to managing the clinical issues of epilepsy. The summary at the end of each chapter is a succinct description of the salient features of the chapter. This is a useful resource for physicians, especially neurologists and epileptologists, who encounter difficult clinical problems in epileptic patients. This book is well written and provides an up-to-date, practical review of important issues related to the diagnosis and management of epilepsy.
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Addresses problems encountered by neurologists when caring for patients with epilepsy. Offers practical guidance for navigating these clinical challenges, with chapters on diagnostic issues such as age- related diagnostic issues, identifying candidates for epilepsy surgery, and the role of diagnostic tests, and on therapeutic challenges such as refractory epilepsy, childhood epilepsy, prognosis, and supplemental non-antiepileptic drug therapy. Subjects include psychiatric issues, avoiding overtreatment, vagal nerve stimulation, and rational diagnosis of subtle and non-convulsive status epilepticus. Schmidt is affiliated with the Epilepsy Research Group, Germany, and Schachter is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Distributed by Blackwell Science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853175046
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Ch. 1 Seizures during sleep 5
Ch. 2 Seizures and syncopes 19
Ch. 3 Rational diagnosis of non-epileptic seizures 29
Ch. 4 Epileptic seizures progressing into non-epileptic conversion seizures 43
Ch. 5 Partial seizures in children and adults: are they different? 57
Ch. 6 Diagnosis and treatment of seizures in the elderly: current recommendations 65
Ch. 7 Rational diagnosis of subtle and non-convulsive status epilepticus 79
Ch. 8 Diagnosis of cortical and subcortical dysplasias in epilepsy 95
Ch. 9 Rational diagnosis of genetic epilepsies 111
Ch. 10 Early recognition of surgically amenable epilepsy syndromes 135
Ch. 11 Rational and cost-effective presurgical evaluation 141
Ch. 12 Interictal focus localization 155
Ch. 13 Psychiatric issues 169
Ch. 14 Neuropsychological assessment of memory functions in epilepsy 191
Ch. 15 Starting antiepileptic drugs 207
Ch. 16 Stopping treatment for epilepsy 221
Ch. 17 Overtreatment of epilepsy and how to avoid it 231
Ch. 18 Pregnancy and epilepsy 241
Ch. 19 Effective treatment for status epilepsy 253
Ch. 20 Non-responsive partial epilepsy: what should be done? 267
Ch. 21 Neuropsychology and epilepsy surgery: optimizing the timing of surgery, minimizing cognitive morbidity, and maximizing functional status 279
Ch. 22 Cognitive deficits in epilepsy: is there treatment? 291
Ch. 23 The ten most common treatment errors in epilepsy 303
Ch. 24 The ketogenic diet revisited 315
Ch. 25 Therapeutic challenges in infantile epileptic encephalopathies 325
Ch. 26 Epilepsy surgery in children: when and how to operate 335
Ch. 27 West's syndrome: the role of new antiepileptic drugs 349
Ch. 28 Intractable myoclonic absences 361
Ch. 29 Long-term prognosis of epilepsy 367
Ch. 30 Excess mortality in epilepsy: impact on clinical management 381
Ch. 31 Predicting surgical outcome in epilepsy: how good are we? 399
Ch. 32 Hormones and epilepsy 413
Ch. 33 Subacute focal encephalitis 435
Ch. 34 Vagal nerve stimulation 439
Ch. 35 Patient satisfaction and patient advocacy in epilepsy 457
Ch. 36 The team approach to treating epilepsy: when do we need it? 469
Index 475
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