Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment (2nd Edition)

Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment (2nd Edition)

SIMON SHORVON
ISBN: 1405131349 | August 2005 | 292 pages | UK £41.50 | US $69.95 | AUS $130.00

The Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment: forms, causes and therapy in children and adults provides a comprehensive coverage of medical and surgical therapy. It includes sections on: all current antiepileptic drugs; drug choice; pharmacokinetics; various surgical approaches; complementary and alternative therapies; emergency treatment of seizures and of status epilepticus; the treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with epilepsy; genetic counselling.

There are practical guides for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy, chronic epilepsy and epilepsy in remission, and sections on therapy in different epilepsy types and syndromes and in different patient groups such as children, women and elderly. The book also has also an opening chapter on the clinical forms and causes of epilepsy, and throughout the text new information is incorporated, particularly from the rapidly advancing fields of clinical genetics and clinical pharmacology.

The Handbook of Epilepsy Treatment: forms, causes and therapy in children and adults aids the doctor in the day-to-day management of the patient with epilepsy. It provides enough detail to be useful as a reference and yet gives information in an easy-to-use format for busy clinical practice. This concise and readable book is an invaluable guide for all doctors, regardless of specialty, seeing patients. A new pharmacopoeia is appended for quick reference and there are approximately 200 tables/figures/summary tables to assist clarity.

CONTENTS

1: The clinical forms and causes of epilepsy
Epilepsy
ILAE classification of seizure type
ILAE classification on the epilepsies and epilepsy syndromes
Classification of partial seizures by anatomical site of seizure onset
The age-related epilepsy syndromes
The causes of epilepsy
Epilepsy due to genetic or developmental causes
Epilepsy due to acquired causes
Seizure precipitants
The reflex epilepsies
Acute symptomatic seizures

2: The principles of drug treatment

Why treat epilepsy?
Pharmacokinetic principles of antiepileptic drug treatment
Choice of drugs for different seizure types
Treatment of specific epilepsy syndromes
Principles of treatment of newly diagnosed patients
Principles of treatment of patients with established active epilepsy
Treatment of patients with epilepsy in remission
Treatment of epilepsy in children
The treatment of epilepsy in the elderly
The treatment of epilepsy in women
The treatment of psychiatric disorders in epilepsy
Complementary and alternative therapy in epilepsy
Genetic counselling in epilepsy

3: The antiepileptic drugs

Carbamazepine
Clobazam
Clonazepam
Ethosuximide
Gabapentin
Lamotrigine
Levetiracetam
Oxcarbazepine
Phenobarbital
Phenytoin
Pregabalin
Primidone
Tiagabine
Topiramate
Valproate
Vigabatrin
Zonisamide
Other drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy:
Acetazolamide
BenzodiazepinesDiazepam
Clorazepate
Nitrazepam
Corticosteroids and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
Felbamate
Mesuximide
Piracetam
Rufinamide

4: The emergency treatment of epilepsy

The immediate management of a seizure
Status epilepticus
Antiepileptic drugs used in status epilepticus

5: The surgical treatment of epilepsy

Introduction
Pre-surgical assessment — general points
Surgery in epilepsy arising in the mesial temporal lobe
Surgery in epilepsy arising in extra-temporal regions and in the temporal neocortex
Surgery where no lesion is apparent on neuroimaging
Hemispherectomy, hemispherotomy and other large resections
Corpus callosectomy (corpus callosum section, corpus callosotomy)
Multiple subpial transection
Vagus nerve stimulation
Other functional surgical procedures
The organization of epilepsy surgery care: the epilepsy surgery centre

Pharmacopoeia

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