Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent and unprovoked seizures. The lifetime risk of developing epilepsy is 4%. Approximately 90% of the incident cases in adults have partial epilepsy. The initial response to medication is of prognostic importance. Patients with symptomatic neurologic disease, foreign-tissue lesion, or developmental delay are less likely to be rendered seizure free. The goal of treatment is to render the individual seizure free. Many patients with partial epilepsy will not attain a seizure remission with antiepileptic drug therapy. Epilepsy surgery is an effective and safe alternative form of therapy for selected patients with intractable partial epilepsy. Electronic stimulation is being considered for patients with partial seizures who are not candidates for a focal cortical resection.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||CONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology|
|State||Published - Jun 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology