The Primary Care of Seizure Disorders

The Primary Care of Seizure Disorders

A Practical Guide to the Evaluation and Comprehensive Management of Seizure Disorders

1st Edition - August 1, 1982

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  • Author: Hugh B. McIntyre
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483165257

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The Primary Care of Seizure Disorders: A Practical Guide to the Evaluation and Comprehensive Management of Seizure Disorders is designed to help physicians who in the course of clinical practice care for patients who have epileptic seizures. The intention is to provide a thorough but concise treatment of the subject which may serve as a basic text as well as a handy reference source for solving problems as they arise on a case-by-case basis. The book contains 10 chapters organized according to the sequence which clinical management often follows. These include differential diagnosis and genetic aspects of seizure disorders; the electroencephalographic evaluation; medical therapy of seizure disorders, including first aid and the treatment of status epilepticus; psychiatric aspects of epilepsy; problems of noncompliance; medical-legal aspects of epilepsy; and finding ancillary, community resources for patients, including voluntary organizations and patient and lay education.

Table of Contents

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    1. Seizure Disorders: Some Basic Considerations



    Neurological Consultation

    2. The Clinical Evaluation of Seizures

    Differential Diagnosis

    Seizures from Acquired Toxic Metabolic Disturbances

    Seizures Associated With Intracranial Infections

    Seizures Associated With Brain Diseases of Unknown Origin

    Acute Traumatic Seizures

    Management of the Single Seizure

    Classification of the Epilepsies

    Experimental Epilepsy

    Partial and Secondary Generalized Epilepsy

    Primary Generalized Epilepsies

    Evaluation of the Patient With Possible Seizures

    Seizures in Infancy and Early Childhood

    3. Genetic Aspects of Epilepsy

    Chromosomal Abnormalities

    Mendelian Disorders

    Genetic Susceptibility

    Genetic Counseling

    Conclusion and Tables

    4. Electroencephalography

    Source of the EEG

    Obtaining the EEG

    Requesting the EEG

    The EEG Report

    Electrogenesis of Seizures

    The EEG in Seizure Disorders

    Unusual EEG Patterns With Unproven Relationship to Epilepsy

    Medications and the EEG

    Sequence of the EEG Workup

    Glossary of Selected EEG Terms

    5. Medical Treatment of Seizure Disorders

    Oral Drug Therapy

    Cutaneous Reactions to Anticonvulsants

    Other Considerations in Drug Therapy

    Surgical Therapy


    6. First Aid and Emergency Treatment of Status Epilepticus

    First Aid

    Status Epilepticus

    Convulsive Generalized Tonic-clonic Status


    Generalized Tonic Status and Myoclonic Status

    Absence Status

    Unilateral Status Epilepticus

    Partial Status Epilepticus

    Neonatal Status Epilepticus

    7. Practical Psychiatric Aspects of Epilepsy



    Epileptic Patient's Difficulties

    Differential Diagnosis

    Psychiatric Consultation

    8. Noncompliance and the Management of Epilepsy

    Assessing Compliance and Noncompliance

    Reasons for Noncompliance

    Improving Compliance

    9. Medical-Legal Aspects of Epilepsy


    Special Education


    Criminal Justice System

    Military Status

    Civil Litigation

    Medical Malpractice Implications of Epilepsy

    10. Ancillary Management of Seizure Disorders

    Voluntary Organizations

    Patient and Lay Education



Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1982
  • Published: August 1, 1982
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483165257

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Hugh B. McIntyre

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