Non-Epileptic Childhood Paroxysmal Disorders

Hardcover | April 14, 2009

byFranics J. DiMario

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This is a book written for those of us who evaluate the many quirks and behaviors encountered in the lives of developing children. The number of important pathologic conditions that befall this age group is staggering. However, equally staggering is the number of episodic and often benign ordevelopmentally programmed paroxysmal events encountered in this population. The nature of these episodic events in many circumstances leads to their erroneous identification as epileptic in nature. It is my hope that this book will serve as a compendium of those episodically manifest entities oftenuniquely observed in childhood. The book is organized with some foundations in terminology and an in depth analysis of epidemiology of many of these disorders. As best possible, epidemiologic data are compiled with incidence and prevalence figures provided for comparisons. Discussion on thedeductive approach to their clinical assessment is provided along with emphasis on the diagnostic clues contained within the descriptive and observational information provided during clinical evaluation. A categorization of the differential features and ages of presentation are provided as a meansto help direct logical diagnostic considerations. Subsequent chapters are organized by major topic (i.e.) Syncopes, Sleep Phenomena, Somatizaion, Factitious Illness, Movement Disorders, and Migraine Syndromes. Each chapter provides discourse on the general principles of underlying pthophysiologicmechanisms and curent knowledge about the chapter topic under discussion. Specific clinical entities encompassed within the general topic are then discussed individually with particular attention to their clinical descriptions and presentations, natural history, particular pathophysiology, genetics,pertinent laboratory, and treatments. The text is aplified by pertinent tables highlighting diagnostic criteria where this applies and reference information where needed. The text is generously referenced to encompass the most relevant information available.

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This is a book written for those of us who evaluate the many quirks and behaviors encountered in the lives of developing children. The number of important pathologic conditions that befall this age group is staggering. However, equally staggering is the number of episodic and often benign ordevelopmentally programmed paroxysmal events ...

Francis J. DiMario Jr., MD was Born in Somerville, MA August 9th, 1954. He is currently in the Department of Pediatrics and Neurology at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, CT. He is also Professor of Pediatrics and ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 14, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195335376

ISBN - 13:9780195335378

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Table of Contents

1. General Principles and EpidemiologyIntroductionThe clinical problem and epidemiology2. Differentiating the DiagnosisIntroduction to the deductive approachThe clinical presentations3. SyncopeThe clinical problem and epidemiologyOverview of pathophysiologyThe clinical conditionsNeurally mediated reflex syncopeOrthostatic syncopePrimary Cardiogenic syncopeSecondary Cardiogenic syncopeCerebrovascular InsufficiencyCNS malformationsOther considerations4. Sleep Related PhenomenaThe clinical problem and epidemiologyOverview of pathophysiologyThe clinical conditionsSleep related breathing disordersHypersomnias of central originParasomniasAssociated with non-REM sleepAssociated with REM sleepOther parasomniasSleep related movement disordersIsolated syndromes, apparently normal variantsOther considerations5. Somatoform DisorderThe clinical problem and epidemiologyOverview of pathophysiologyThe clinical conditionsSomatization disorderConversion disorder6. Factitious DisorderThe clinical problem and epidemiologyOverview of pathophysiologyThe clinical conditionsFactitious disorderFactitious disorder by proxy abuse7. Movement DisordersThe clinical problem and epidemiologyOverview of pathophysiologyThe clinical conditionsBenign movement disorders of childhood confused with epilepsyMovement disorders with onset and predominance in childhood8. Headache SyndromesThe clinical problem and epidemiologyOverview of pathophysiologyThe clinical conditionsMigraine with and without auraChildhood periodic syndromes9. Further ConsiderationsIntroductionOverviewFinal ConsiderationsBehavioral SyndromesOther ocular phenomenonClosing thoughtsIndex