Puzzling Cases of Epilepsy

2nd Edition

Editors: Dieter Schmidt Steven C. Schachter
Paperback ISBN: 9780123740052
eBook ISBN: 9780080559544
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th September 2008
Page Count: 544
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Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, and original observations in the field are often the key to diagnosis and successful treatment. Physicians new to the field as well as seasoned practitioners will benefit from more than one hundred case vignettes that explore the universe of epilepsy as it presents in daily practice. Some of these cases challenge long-held views about epilepsy and others bring the reader to the limits of our understanding of epilepsy, both in clinical and basic science. To improve the interface of clinical and basic science in epilepsy, basic scientists comment on the potential mechanisms underlying clinical observations, and clinicians assess the potential impact of recent results of experiments in the laboratory. This book highlights the importance that original observations have in inspiring both new treatments and continued research.

Key Features

  • Presents unique and challenging case vignettes in epilepsy contributed by eminent physicians in the field
  • Provides practicing physicians with examples of how baffling cases were handled and solved
  • A new section provides a translational perspective, with basic scientists discussing the potential mechanisms underlying original clinical observations, and clinical scientists discussing the clinical implications of experiments in the epilepsy laboratory


Basis scientists in epilepsy who are interested in the current clincial challenges; Physicians (Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Neuropediatricians) entering the field of epilepsy; experienced Physicians who want to learn how experts handle their cases and what lessons they learn from their patients

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition List of Contributors Part I Diagnostic Puzzles and Uncertainties

1. A Young Woman with Mouth Jerking Provoked by Reading 2. Two Adult Patients with Infantile Spasms 3. An Infant with Partial Seizures and Infantile Spasms 4. Epilepsia Partialis Continua versus Non-Epileptic Seizures 5. Panic Attacks in a Woman with Frontal Lobe Epilepsy 6. Frequent Night Terrors 7. Genetic (Generalized) Epilepsy with Febrile Seizures Plus 8. A Visit to the Borderland of Neurology and Psychiatry 9. A Case of Complex Partial Status Epilepticus 10. Late-Onset Myoclonic Seizures in Down’s Syndrome 11. Fainting, Fear, and Pallor in a 22-Month-Old Girl

Part II Intriguing Causes and Circumstances

12. Hyperactive Behavior and Attentional Deficit in a 7-Year-Old Boy with Myoclonic Jerks 13. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Loss of Episodic Memory, and Depression in a 32-Year-Old Woman 14. Epileptic “ Dreamy States ” in a Young Man 15. Nocturnal Seizures in a Man with Coronary Disease 16. Non-convulsive Status Epilepticus and Frontal Lobe Seizures in a Patient with a Chromosome Abnormality 17. An Unusual Cause of Nocturnal Attacks 18. Myoclonic Jerks in a Computer Specialist 19. Their Previous Physicians had Told Them that They Should not Become Pregnant Because They have Epilepsy 20. Status Epilepticus after a Long Day of White-Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon 21. A Farmer Who Watched His Own Seizures 22. The Borderland of Neurology and Cardiology 23. A Man with Shoulder Twitching 24. The Girl with Visual Seizures Who wasn’t Seeing Things – Transient Blindness in a Young Girl 25. A Young Man with Noise-Induced Partial Seizures 26. Non-convulsive Status Epilepticus in a Patient with Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy 27. Pseudohypoglycemia Manifesting as Complex Partial Seizures in a Patient with Type III Glycog


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About the Editor

Dieter Schmidt

Affiliations and Expertise

Epilepsy Research Group, Berlin

Steven C. Schachter

Affiliations and Expertise

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA