n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Approach to epilepsy in childhood : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



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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