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General Aspects of Epilepsy

  • Thalia Valeta
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Abstract

“Epilepsy” refers to many brain diseases having in common the occurrence of epileptic seizures. Patients with epilepsy show significant differences in severity, types, manifestations and causes of epileptic seizures, management, coexisting illnesses, and varying psychosocial, educational and employment impacts on individuals and their families.

Keywords

Epilepsy Seizures Prevalence Cause Diagnosis Treatment Outcome 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thalia Valeta
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.First Neurology and Psychiatry ClinicUniversity of Athens, Aeginition HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and EpilepsiesSt. Thomas’ HospitalLondonUK

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