110 puzzling cases of epilepsy by Dieter Schmidt, Steven C. Schachter

By Dieter Schmidt, Steven C. Schachter

From pediatric to the aged, from contractible to refractive, epilepsy is an disease that manifests in lots of kinds and throughout more than a few demographics. during this attention-grabbing quantity, the writer information multiple hundred circumstances the place wellbeing and fitness care practitioners confronted strange demanding situations in treating the illness. All facets of epilepsy are explored via those circumstances, from the occasionally complicated preliminary analysis to sufferer responses and remedy tools. during this best-selling brief textual content, the writer additionally provides the teachings realized from those amazing situations. one hundred ten confusing situations in Epilepsy turns out to be useful for clinical scholars, citizens and all health and wellbeing care practitioners, because the practices used to appreciate those situations may be utilized to different diagnoses to boot.

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Carbamazepine is a commonly used drug to initiate treatment in young people with generalized tonic–clonic seizures but it can exacerbate seizures in patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. What did I learn from this case? My clinical approach towards classifying epilepsy patients into different epilepsy syndromes was reinforced by my experience with this patient and other similar patients. I have learned with experience that young people who present with generalized tonic–clonic seizures that are not controlled with routine antiepileptic drugs (carbamazepine, diphenylhydantoin and phenobarbital) should be re-evaluated.

These movements involved the second, third, fourth and fifth digits at the metacarpophalyngeal joints or the entire hand. The movements were usually arrhythmic but were sometimes rhythmic at 1–3 Hz. Movements would intermittently stop for several seconds. The episodes lasted 7–10 minutes and did not occur during sleep. The episodes stopped briefly when the patient’s attention was diverted while performing a left upper extremity task. There was no weakness during or between episodes. The patient appeared to be in no emotional distress during the 21 EPILEPSIA PARTIALIS CONTINUA VERSUS NON-EPILEPTIC SEIZURES episodes and would speak calmly to examiners.

Interictally there were frequent spike and sharp waves that were widely distributed over the anterior midline and frontal regions bilaterally. Spikes were sometimes slightly maximum on the left. She had 22 seizures during 4 days of monitoring, including two secondary generalized seizures. These secondary generalized seizures began with eye opening and then staring and chewing followed by fast hyperventilation with 38 TREATMENT AND OUTCOME pursed lips. These seizures were poorly localized with widely distributed bilateral frontal spikes, maximal over the midline, followed by generalized slowing.

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