Evaluating and Treating Epilepsy Based on Clinical Subgroups: Elderly Onset Seizure and Medically Resistant Partial-Onset Epilepsy

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Abstract

For optimal treatment, clinicians must recognize key subgroups of patients with epilepsy who have distinctive patterns of seizures, causes, and treatment needs. Particularly important subgroups are patients who develop seizures in their late adult or elderly years and patients with medically resistant epilepsy. Currently the largest age group of patients diagnosed with new-onset epilepsy is older adult and elderly patients; these patients have a rapidly increasing incidence of seizures beginning in the late 50s and represent the graying of America and the influence of vascular risk factors on producing seizures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-610
Number of pages16
JournalNeurologic clinics
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • Convulsive syncope
  • Epilepsy
  • Late-onset epilepsy
  • Medically refractory epilepsy
  • Nonmedical therapy
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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