Fits And Faints

by J.b.p. Stephenson

Mac Keith Press | December 14, 2011 | Hardcover

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This book is concerned with one of the major areas of misdiagnosis in medicine today. It has been estimated that as many as thirty per cent of children typed as 'epileptic' when presenting with loss of consciousness, falls or other paroxysmal episodes have, in fact, non-epileptic attacks. The most common of these conditions, the vagalmediated anoxic seizure or fainting fit, is so frequent that it will be encountered by anyone involved in the practice of clinical medicine in its widest sense. These seizures are discussed in depth using original data and extensively reviewing the literature. Many other less common, but nonetheless important, varieties of fits, faints and 'funny turns' are self-induced by a Valsalva maneuver, and motor events ranging from day-dreaming to the effects of suffocation and brain swelling.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 214 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 in

Published: December 14, 2011

Publisher: Mac Keith Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521411963

ISBN - 13: 9780521411967

Found in: Pathology

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Fits And Faints

Fits And Faints

by J.b.p. Stephenson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 214 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 in

Published: December 14, 2011

Publisher: Mac Keith Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521411963

ISBN - 13: 9780521411967

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Foreword Jean Aicardi; 1. Introduction; 2. Epileptic and non-epileptic seizures: words and meanings; 3. Size of the problem; 4. History acquisition; 5. Introduction to differential diagnosis; 6. Epileptic seizures and epileptic syndromes; 7. Anoxic seizures or syncopes; 8. Specific syncopes and anoxic seizure types; 9. Vagocardiac syncopes and anoxic seizures; 10. Brain compression; 11. Anoxic-epileptic seizures; 12. Epileptic-anoxic seizures; 13. Psychic and psychogenic seizures; 14. Funny turns and funny attacks; 15. Fits and faints in special settings; 16. Prognosis and management; References; Index.

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This book is concerned with one of the major areas of misdiagnosis in medicine today. It has been estimated that as many as thirty per cent of children typed as 'epileptic' when presenting with loss of consciousness, falls or other paroxysmal episodes have, in fact, non-epileptic attacks. The most common of these conditions, the vagalmediated anoxic seizure or fainting fit, is so frequent that it will be encountered by anyone involved in the practice of clinical medicine in its widest sense. These seizures are discussed in depth using original data and extensively reviewing the literature. Many other less common, but nonetheless important, varieties of fits, faints and 'funny turns' are self-induced by a Valsalva maneuver, and motor events ranging from day-dreaming to the effects of suffocation and brain swelling.

Editorial Reviews

"Stephenson's enthusiasm, together with his flair for description and detail, should open up a whole new range of diagnostic possibilities in a child with a seizure disorder....his book will prove valuable indeed." Lancet