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SEIZURES AND EPILEPSY IN CHILDHOOD: UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S TESTS – INTENSIVE EEG MONITORING

For the evaluation of most individuals with epilepsy, no special EEG tests are required. For most such children, the neurological evaluation, an EEG, and in some cases a CT scan or an MRI scan will provide sufficient evaluation. However, in three situations special EEG tests are indicated. The situations are:• When the individual is having […]

MARRIAGE AND EPILEPSY

Even now there are parts of the world where misconceptions about epilepsy are still widespread. It is often assumed that epilepsy is entirely an inherited disease, and there may also be fears and taboos surrounding it. In these cultures, especially if arranged marriages are the norm, the marriage prospects of a woman with epilepsy are […]

LIVING WITH EPILEPSY: SPORTS AND EPILEPSY

“My daughter is a competitive swimmer. She feels that her anticonvulsant medication slows her down and tends to skip it on the days before her meets. I’m afraid that she will have a seizure. What should I tell her?” You should tell her that the medication is far less likely than a seizure to interfere […]

WHEN EPILEPSY BECOMES A HANDICAP: SOME RARE DISABLING CONDITIONS LENNOX GASTAUT SYNDROME

A few of the children who are most severely disabled with epilepsy suffer from a rare condition, Lennox Gastaut syndrome. These children have very severe learning disabilities, it is impossible to control their seizures with drugs, and their condition gradually deteriorates. A drug called felbamate can give some seizure control, but the drug itself has […]