Navigating Life with Epilepsy

Paperback | September 16, 2016

byDavid C. Spencer

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Navigating Life with Epilepsy aims to provide clear and reliable information about epilepsy, including "what" (definition), "how" (pathophysiology), "who" (epidemiology), and "why" (etiology). The volume guides the reader through current approaches to diagnosis (including a review ofdiagnostic tests) and treatment, and shares patient experiences and advice on navigating the myriad psychosocial challenges associated with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a heterogeneous disorder with many causes and a wide spectrum of severity. This text will focus on issues relevant to adolescents and adults with epilepsy; there are many guides for parents of children with epilepsy and issues specific to younger children are beyond the scope of thisbook. The focus is on translation of current medical knowledge to the lay reader. However, because epilepsy can have profound psychosocial consequences, the book aims to extend beyond the bounds of a medical handbook to include discussion of issues that are of high priority to patients, includingthose surrounding, driving, work, and relationships.

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Navigating Life with Epilepsy aims to provide clear and reliable information about epilepsy, including "what" (definition), "how" (pathophysiology), "who" (epidemiology), and "why" (etiology). The volume guides the reader through current approaches to diagnosis (including a review ofdiagnostic tests) and treatment, and shares patient e...

David Spencer, MD, is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Oregon Health and Science University Epilepsy Program located in Portland, OR.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 16, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199358958

ISBN - 13:9780199358953

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About the AAN's Neurology Now Book SeriesPreface1. Introduction [engagement and introduction of cases/patients who will appear throughout the book]2. What is epilepsy?a. General introduction and definitionsb. Seizure typesc. Epilepsy classification3. How and why do seizures occur?4. Who develops epilepsy?5. Establishing the diagnosis of epilepsya. A visit with the neurologisti. A first seizureii. An established diagnosisb. Testingi. EEGii. Brain imagingiii. Specialized testing6. Treatment of epilepsya. Non-pharmacologic approaches and first aidb. Antiepileptic Medicationsi. Choice of medicationii. Adverse effectsc. Epilepsy surgeryd. Medical devices to treat epilepsye. Complementary and alternative medicinef. Treatment in special populationsi. Adolescentsii. Womeniii. Older adults7. Living with and Managing Epilepsya. Navigating the day-to-day [driving, work, legal issues, relationships]b. Related brain conditions: cognitive problems, mood, anxiety, and morec. Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)d. Making your clinic visit successful8. The future of epilepsy careGlossaryResources/Appendices/Index