Interventions that may alter epilepsy diagnosis and management
Early diagnosis and treatment that quickly achieves seizure freedom with nominal side effects is the key goal to epilepsy management. Three studies highlighted at the AES annual meeting address this goal from different vantage points:
The course to seizure freedom? Identifying factors that may change the landscape of epilepsy treatment to improve patients' quality of life.
New EEG technology that may facilitate accurate seizure screening by non-specialists in urgent care settings.
Task force report on disparity in standards for Epilepsy Monitoring Units amidst rise in number of epilepsy treatment centers.
"Each clue we uncover in understanding epilepsy and how to suppress the disruptions it causes for those affected takes us closer to the goal of successfully treating this chronic condition. Data from this year's meeting lead us towards answers about characteristics we can focus on to more effectively diagnose and treat epilepsy," said Dennis D. Spencer, M.D., AES President, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery, Yale University School of Medicine.
"This is especially critical because we know that an estimated one-third of seizures are not controlled with existing therapies."