Epilepsy Patients Achieving Seizure Freedom More Quickly
An analysis of epilepsy patients demonstrated that the time to seizure freedom significantly decreased by 10% every year from 1995 to 2005, according to data presented by Jukka Peltola, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland.
Dr. Peltola and his colleagues studied records of 571 epilepsy patients aged nine to 78 years, who were diagnosed and treated in Tampere University Hospital from 1995 to 2005. Using various methods of analysis, they identified the amount of time for 70% of patients to achieve seizure freedom:
* Patients diagnosed in 1995-1998: 10 years.
* Patients diagnosed in 1999-2001: 6 to 7 years.
* Patients diagnosed in 2002-2005: 4 years.
"The first-line treatment protocol has not changed over the duration of this study in Finland, but several other changes in the landscape may have contributed to this positive trend. These include new second- and third-line agents, earlier and more aggressive intervention, and greater access to advanced MRI and EEG technology," explained Dr. Peltola.
"We are actively analyzing this data further to ascertain the reasons for the decrease in time to seizure freedom. If identified, this could make an important clinical difference."