Epileptic Syndromes and Their Classification

  • Thalia Valeta


The recognition of epileptic syndromes is the most important milestone in modern epileptology because it allows accurate diagnosis and management of epilepsy. An epileptic syndrome, is a complex of clinical features, signs, and symptoms that together define a distinctive, recognizable clinical disorder. There are many types of epileptic syndromes which are grossly divided according to their type of epileptic seizures and their cause: A diagnosis of “epilepsy” or “seizures” should not be accepted without asking “what type/syndrome of epilepsy?” Then you make yourself aware of what this syndrome means and what it involves by appropriate questions to health careers and self-education.


Epilepsy syndrome Diagnosis ILAE International League against Epilepsy Electroclinical syndrome Idiopathic Symptomatic Cryptogenic Genetic Structural Metabolic Immune Infectious epilepsy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thalia Valeta
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  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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