By W. Henry Smithson, Matthew C. Walker
ABC of Epilepsy offers a realistic advisor for common practitioners, and all these operating in basic care, at the analysis, remedy and administration of epilepsy, and for the ongoing tracking and long-term aid of what's nonetheless a comparatively poorly understood neurological disease.
This fresh identify within the ABC sequence is very illustrated all through and provides what epilepsy is, its type, and the way to diagnose it. It covers anti-epileptic medications and non-drug remedies, in addition to self-management and residing with epilepsy.
Edited by way of a health practitioner and neurologist crew, the ABC of Epilepsy displays present great instructions and is perfect for all GPs, basic health and wellbeing care pros, perform nurses and expert nurses, and non-specialist scientific employees who play an expanding position in tracking and coping with of epilepsy patients.
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2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. • for the clinician to have read previous review notes; honest two-way communication that fosters mutual trust and respect; to have their condition reviewed in the light of their particular situation; to have a comprehensive discussion to assess their epilepsy, the treatment and how either is affecting their current quality of life; to be central in the discussion about their condition. For those who ﬁnd communication difﬁcult it is important to involve a carer who really knows them and to have a three-way conversation; with children, to involve them as well as the parents as much as possible; to be encouraged to ask questions and given time to have them answered; 27 28 • • • • • • • • • • ABC of Epilepsy to be given objective information on the risks of epilepsy, the implications of not taking AEDs and how to minimise those risks.
Edited by W. Henry Smithson and Matthew C. Walker. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 18 for their epilepsy, at adequate doses, and who are not seizure free after two years, should be considered for epilepsy surgery. This is because the chance of becoming seizure free with continued drug management is only 10%. In contrast, approximately 70% of people will become seizure free with resective surgery (depending on lesion and brain area), and most will remain so over the longer term (10–20 years).
Allergic skin reactions, including urticaria, which may be severe. Accommodation disorders, for example blurred vision, diplopia, ataxia and nausea. Particularly at the start of treatment, or if the initial dose is too high, certain types of adverse reaction occur very commonly or commonly. Drowsiness has been reported. Tolerance may develop, especially during prolonged use. Somnolence and fatigue have been observed: such effects are usually transitory and disappear spontaneously as treatment continues or with dosage reduction.