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Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities / Edition 1

Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities / Edition 1

by Vee P. Prasher, Mike Kerr


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ISBN-13: 9781848002586
Publisher: Springer London
Publication date: 09/10/2008
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Vee Prasher is a NHS Consultant in Intellectual Disabilities and visiting Professor of Neuropsychiatry. He qualified in 1985 from the University of Birmingham UK as a Medical Doctor. He initially did neurosurgery training, later general psychiatry, and finally specialised in the field of intellectual disability. He has been actively involved in research in intellectual disability, having published over 100 articles relating to people with intellectual disability. He has completed 3 post doctorate degrees in this field, MMedSc, MD, and PhD. As an editor or author he has published 10 textbooks. He has a recognised international reputation and has been involved in a number of international studies and reports highlighting health issues for persons with intellectual disability.

Professor Mike Kerr studied medicine in Bristol (UK), General Practice in York and Psychiatry in Cardiff. He came to Wales in 1990. His clinical practice is in the epilepsies associated with learning disability and in the assessment and treatment of epilepsy and psychiatric disorder. He has been closely associated with initiatives in improving the public health of people with an intellectual disability including developing the Cardiff Health Check, which is used across England and Wales.

Academically he has published widely on healthcare, epilepsy and intellectual disability and held research grants from many funding bodies. He is chair of the Advisory Board for Wales of Epilepsy Action, a trustee of Epilepsy Research UK and SUDEP ACTION. He is a medical advisor for the Rett Society, The Down Syndrome Association and SUDEP ACTION. He is a member of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) commission on neuropsychiatric aspects of epilepsy and an editor of the Cochrane collaboration epilepsy group. He has been appointed as a clinical Champion for Wales. He has also been appointed as an Ambassador for Epilepsy by the ILAE and International Bureau for Epilepsy.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgement xi

Contributors xv

Section I Clinical Issues

1 Introduction M. P. Kerr 3

2 Epilepsy: A General Overview A. Johnston P. Smith 7

3 Epidemiology of Epilepsy in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities S. W. Brown 29

4 Diagnosis of Epilepsy in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities P. Martin 43

5 The Differential Diagnosis of Epilepsy S. M. Zuberi 61

Section II Treatment Issues

6 Management of Acute Seizures in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities F. M. C. Besag 85

7 The Use of Antiepileptic Medication in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities J. Wilcox M. P. Kerr 97

8 Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy: An Intellectual Disabilities Perspective V. P. Prasher E. Furlong L. Weerasena 109

9 Resective Surgery for Patients with Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities A. Nicolson 129

Section III Psychosocial Issues

10 Psychopathology in People with Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities J. Dolman M. Scheepers 155

11 Associated Physical Problems of Epilepsy in Intellectual Disabilities C. L. Morgan 181

12 Epilepsy and Cognition M. L. Smith 193

13 Nursing and Community Aspects of Epilepsy in Intellectual Disabmties C. Hanson 209

14 Epilogue - Is This as Good as it Gets? M. P. Kerr V. P. Prasher 225

Index 227

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