Epilepsy in Women:

The Scientific Basis for Clinical Management

Edited By

  • Barry Gidal
  • Cynthia Harden

This volume guides the practitioner in the current management of women with epilepsy, in a comprehensive and scientifically informed manner. Many chapters are devoted to the various aspects of pregnancy management for women with epilepsy, from reducing the risks of medication exposure to breast feeding. All female age groups are discussed and chapters on issues important for adolescents and the mature women are also included. The editors have included internationally recognized experts as contributors, to bring together a body of knowledge unparalleled in previous settings. This book should be a guide to management for women with epilepsy for years to come, due to its solid scientific basis and the comprehensive vision of the contributors.
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Neurologists and neuroscientists interested in medicine, as well as general practitioners and women's health professionals who treat female patients who have epilepsy.


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374276-6

Table of Contents

1. Gender Differences in Pharmacological ResponseGail D. Anderson 2. Epidemiology and Classification of Epilepsy: Gender ComparisonsJohn C. McHugh and Norman Delanty 3. Hormonal Influences on Seizures: Basic NeurobiologyCheryl A. Frye 4. Catamenial Epilepsy Patricia E. Penovich and Sandra Helmers5. Epilepsy in Women: Special Considerations for AdolescentsMary L. Zupanc and Sheryl Haut6. Contraception in Women with Epilepsy: Pharmacokinetic Interactions, Contraceptive Options and ManagementCaryn Dutton and Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer7. Reproduction Dysfunction in Women with Epilepsy: Menstrual Cycle Abnormalities, Fertility and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Jurgen Bauer and Deirdre Cooper-Mahkorn8. Sexual Dysfunction in Women with Epilepsy: Role of Antiepileptic Drugs and Psychotropic MedicationsMary A. Gutierrez, Romila Mushtaq and Glen Stimmel9. Epilepsy in Pregnancy: Approach to AssessmentJohn DeToledo 10. Teratogenicity and Antiepileptic Drugs: Clinical Features and Potential Mechanisms Mark S. Yerby11. Antiepileptic Drug Teratogenesis: What are the Risks for Congenital Malformations and Adverse Cognitive Outcomes?Cynthia L. Harden12. Teratogenicity of Antiepileptic Drugs: Role of PharmacogenomicsRoman Sankar and Jason T. Lerner 13. Antiepileptic Drug Therapy in Pregnancy I: Gestation Induced Effects on AED PharmacokineticsPage B. Pennell and Collin A. Hovinga 14. Antiepileptic Drug Therapy in Pregnancy II: Fetal and Neonatal ExposureCollin A. Hovinga and Page B. Pennell 15. Seizures in Pregnancy: Diagnosis and ManagementRobert L. Beach and Peter W. Kaplan 16. Management of Epilepsy and Pregnancy: An Obstetrical PerspectiveJulian N. Robinson and Jane Cleary-Goldman17. Pregnancy Registries: Strengths, Weaknesses and Bias: Interpretation of Pregnancy Registry DataMarianne Cunnington and John Messenheimer 18. Bone Health in Women with Epilepsy: Clinical Features and Potential Mechanisms Alison M. Pack and Ted Walczak19. Metabolic Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs: Impact on Body Weight, Lipids and Glucose MetablismRaj D. Sheth and Georgia Montouris20. Psychiatric Comorbidities in EpilepsyW. Curt LaFrance, Jr., Andres M. Kanner and Bruce Hermann 21. Issues for Mature Women with EpilepsyCynthia L.Harden 22. Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic Interactions of Psychotropic Drugs with Antiepileptic DrugsAndres M. Kanner and Barry Gidal23. Health Disparities in Epilepsy: How the Concerns for Women with Epilepsy Differ from MenFrank Gilliam