n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Approach to epilepsy in childhood : main topic
|Article Title||Approach to epilepsy in childhood : main topic|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Author||Jo M. Wilmshurst|
|Publication Date||Aug 2004|
|Pages||427 - 433|
|Keyword(s)||Children, Classification, Epilepsy, Prevalence, South Africa and Treatment|
Childhood epilepsy is the commonest condition in paediatric neurology clinics. <br>Over 60% of the symptomatic causes are avoidable. <br>60% of epileptics have an associated neurodisability. <br>Over 50% of children with epilepsy do not receive medication. <br>The 'treatment gap' is related to lack of medical resources and stigma associated with epilepsy. <br>Label a child epileptic only after two seizures and then request an EEG. <br>A normal EEG does not exclude epilepsy. <br>Infantile spasms are neurological emergencies. <br>Epilepsy surgery is successfully practised on selected patients in the government sector. <br>Patients with complex or intractable epilepsy should be referred to specialist clinics.
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