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Evaluation of the patient with epilepsy.
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PMID:  11474768     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Accurate evaluation of the patient with epilepsy is the first step toward developing an effective treatment regimen. Many problems can occur when patients who have had seizures are not assessed properly. A seizure may be caused by conditions other than epilepsy. If epilepsy is the cause, knowing the type of seizure and identifying epilepsy syndromes as early as possible is vital. An incorrect diagnosis can leave the patient with uncontrolled disease, leading to debilitating morbidity that in most cases can be treated effectively. Patients who would be good candidates for surgical intervention benefit by being identified early to prevent long periods, perhaps years, with uncontrolled disease. Understanding the type of seizure or epilepsy syndrome also determines the type of antiepileptic drugs that should be selected. Early, accurate evaluation and diagnosis are 2 of the most important aspects of treatment.
G K Bergey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of managed care     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1088-0224     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Manag Care     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-27     Completed Date:  2001-10-04     Revised Date:  2005-07-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9613960     Medline TA:  Am J Manag Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S203-8     Citation Subset:  H    
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MeSH Terms
Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
Diagnosis, Differential
Epilepsy / diagnosis*,  drug therapy
Fees, Medical
Monitoring, Ambulatory
Neurologic Examination* / economics
United States
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