The Epilepsies: Seizures, Syndromes and Management / Edition 1

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This title will be an exhaustive and thorough text on the range of epileptic conditions, aiming to be the standard reference text on epilepsies for neurologists. It presents established views and recent advances in epileptic seizures and syndromes and their management, and the content is based on the classification, practice parameters and guidelines issued by the International League Against Epilepsy and other recognised medical authorities.
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Reviewer: Jennifer L Hopp, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive book on clinical epilepsy, including diagnosis by syndrome according to ILAE criteria as well as a review of management issues. The book also uses current practice parameter guidelines for outlining treatment algorithms.
Purpose: The author provides an update to a previous book (though not a prior edition), of A Clinical Guide to Epileptic Syndromes and Their Treatment (Bladon Medical Publishing, 2002. The author seeks to include a review of the literature by way of inclusion of practice parameter guidelines in the treatment of seizures. The book, organized by seizure type and syndrome according to the guidelines of the International League against Epilepsy, includes new additions to the diagnosis and treatment of the epilepsies. The objectives are worthy with regard to the need for updated references, especially in the realm of treatment paradigms.
Audience: The author states that the book is geared toward any practitioner who takes care of patients with epilepsy, including neurologists and clinical neurophysiologists as well as epileptologists. Although this book could certainly serve as a reference for any of these groups, the detail on the topics and the often controversial issues of the classification of syndromes and epilepsy types may be more appropriate for those who specialize in the field. Both in terms of the level of background needed for general reading or for use as a reference, the book is better suited to the adult or pediatric epileptologist. The author is a well known epileptologist and has expertise in the epilepsy syndromes particularly affecting children.
Features: The book covers a general classification of seizure types and epilepsy syndromes using the ILAE criteria and EEG. A broad review of both adult and pediatric syndromes is provided as well as an organized review of treatment strategies using the latest literature and references included in recent practice parameters. This approach is unique, and the use of EEG and syndromic classification are strengths of the book, as is the accompanying CD-ROM which provides video documentation of seizure types. The EEG recordings in the text are clear and appropriate. Unfortunately, the organization of the text with the use of many different fonts, font sizes, text color, and size in all of the headings and subheadings can be somewhat confusing and hard to follow.
Assessment: This book provides a unique approach to the review of the epilepsies, using the current classifications and practice parameters. The accompanying CD-ROM is a valuable adjunct to the book, although it could be more comprehensive in its scope and coverage. The structure of the chapters is unfortunately somewhat confusing, and this takes away from the intended organization of the review. However, the book is comprehensive and the CD-ROM provides an additional resource that is often not included with books of this type.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904218340
  • Publisher: Bladon Medical Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Chrysostomos Panayiotopoulos (BM, MD, PhD, MRCP, FRCP) is Consultant emeritus in the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsies at St. Thomas’ hospital, London and also has a consultancy with USB pharma, Brussels, Belgium. He is an internationally renowned leader and expert in the field of neurology. He has worked for over 15 years as a Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsies at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, UK. In addition to this, he holds several honorary titles including Honorary Senior Lecturer at Guys, Kings and St. Thomas’ Medical school, Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Epileptology at Guy’s Department of Paediatric Neurology, London. He has also been an invited professor to Harvard University and the University of Western Australia, where he was appointed Honorary Director of the Department of Neuropathology.

Dr. Panayiotopoulos has researched prolifically, investigating the clinical and neurophysiological investigations of the muscles, peripheral and central nervous system, with a particular focus on epilepsy. Moreover he has successfully secured more than a quarter of a million pounds of research funding.

Dr Panayiotopoulos has been an active contributor to a number of highly established peer-reviewed journals. He has written over 136 articles in English, in journals such as the Lancet, Brain, Neurology, Annals of Neurology and Archives of Neurology to name but a few. These papers have been cited more than 1000 times in leading journals such as the Lancet, Nature, Neurology and Muscle and Nerve. He has also published over 50 articles in Greek. He has been the invited author of over 44 chapters in neurology books. He has also sat on the editorial board of "Annals of Saudi Medicine" and acted as a reviewer for: "Brain", "Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry", "Muscle and Nerve", "Epilepsia", "Lupus", "Journal of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology", "Epilepsy Research", and "Seizure".

Moreover his work on establishing the syndromic diagnosis of epilepsies and the appropriate video-EEG methodology for their diagnosis, has been regarded by some as ground breaking and he is recognised as one the leading authorities on epilepsy. He was appointed as one of the 12 members of the Commission on Classification and Terminology of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and subsequently as a key advisory member.

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Table of Contents

General Aspects of Epilepsies and their classification.- Epileptic Seizures.- Status Epilepticus.- Imitators of Epileptic Seizures.- Epidemiology of Epilepsies.- Optimal Use of the EEG in the Diagnosis and Management of Epilepsies.- Brain Imaging in the Diagnosis and Managgement of Epilepsies.- Principles of Therapy in Epilepsies.- Epileptic Syndromes and their Classification.- Neonatal Epileptic Seizures and Neonatal Epileptic Syndromes.- Ideopathic Epileptic Seizures and Syndromes in Infancy.- Epileptic Encephalopathies.- Severe Neocortical Epileptic Syndromes in Infancy and Childhood.- Benign Childhood Focal Seizures and Related Epileptic Syndromes.- Epileptic Syndromes of Ideopathic Generalised Epilepsies.- Familial (Autosomal Dominant) Focal Epilepsies.- Reflex Seizures and Reflex Epilepsies.- Progressive Myoclonic Epilepsies.- Diseases Frequently Associated with Epileptic Seizures.- Epilepsiese in Girls and Women.- Epilepsies in Patients with Neurocognitive Impairment.- Epilepsies in the Elderly.- Phamacopoeia.
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