Epilepsy and SeizuresCausation, diagnosis and management

Published May 2011 Updated December 2014 18 lectures
Prof. Steven Schachter
Harvard University Medical School, USA
Summary

Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disorder in the world and a major public health issue because of the physical, emotional and financial costs associated with uncontrolled seizures as well as the associated impact on education, employment and psychosocial functioning.... read more

Epilepsy is a unique medical condition inasmuch as its full impact on the affected individual extends beyond seizures, the primary symptom of epilepsy, to include associated cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, cultural and societal aspects. Though a majority of patients with epilepsy can reasonably expect to become free of seizures with available therapies, others continue to suffer. Further, there is no intervention that can prevent the onset of epilepsy in patients at high risk.

This series will provide an overview of the epidemiology of epilepsy, principles of diagnosis, medical and surgical management, non-pharmacological therapies, psychosocial aspects, and challenges for reducing the global burden of epilepsy.