The Epilepsies

  • Paul C. Van Ness


Epilepsy is a common and disabling neurologic disorder that can be especially gratifying to treat. Successful treatment depends on proper classification of seizure type and epilepsy syndrome followed by the selection of an appropriate antiepileptic drug at an appropriate dosage. Patients with epilepsy frequently receive inadequate care for their condition because of misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatment, complicated drug regimens, and inappropriate use of diagnostic testing. Attitudes among physicians that occasional seizures are tolerable and indicate good control need to be altered, because virtually all epileptologists agree that the only acceptable outcome should be freedom from seizures and the disabilities associated with them.


Status Epilepticus Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Epilepsy Surgery Cortical Dysplasia Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy 
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