What is Epilepsy?

Published Online: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Follow Pharmacy_Times:
In this video, William Bell, MD, director of the comprehensive epilepsy center at Georgetown University Hospital, gives an overview of epilepsy. He explains that epileptic seizures consist of excessive discharge of electrical activity in the brain, which results in a change in the patient's movement, sensation, experience, or consciousness. Diagnosis involves taking a patient history, which often requires an observer to describe how the patient behaves during a seizure, and performing diagnostic tests such as an electroencephalogram (EEG), as well as possibly a CT or MRI scan of the brain. At times, diagnosis requires direct observation of seizures in an epilepsy monitoring unit in which the patient is monitored via video and EEG.

Related Articles
UCB recently announced that the FDA has accepted for review its New Drug Application for brivaracetam, an investigational treatment for partial-onset seizures in patients aged >16 years with epilepsy.
Nearly 1-in-5 adults with epilepsy show symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
New research shows that stomach sleepers with epilepsy may be at higher risk of sudden unexpected death, drawing parallels to sudden infant death syndrome in babies.
At the 68th annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) in Seattle, Washington, researchers Brian Litt, MD, Eugen Trinka, MD, MSc, and Kristen Park, MD, discussed important innovations and therapeutic considerations in epilepsy.
Latest Issues
  • photo
    Pharmacy Times
    photo
    Health-System Edition
    photo
    Directions in Pharmacy
    photo
    OTC Guide
    photo
    Generic Supplements
  • photo
    Pharmacy Careers
    photo
    Specialty Pharmacy Times
    photo
    Generic
$auto_registration$