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Epilepsy: An Overview

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD and Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Epilepsy is a seizure disorder of varied etiology and symptomatology and its treatment depends on multiple factors, including age of onset and type of seizure. Most often, epilepsy is a lifelong condition that requires close medical management. Antiepileptic drug therapy often requires monitoring for drug dose adjustment and drug interaction surveillance. Screening is needed to identify comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions, as well as feelings of social stigma and isolation by epileptic patients. Educating patients and families to increase awareness of epilepsy and treatment options in their unique circumstances will assist them to overcome stereotypes and to obtain a higher quality of life.

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Course Syllabus

I.        Introduction
II.       Epilepsy Types and Etiology
1.        Risk Factors
III.      Epilepsy Syndromes
1.        Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
2.        Frontal Lobe Epilepsy
3.        Parietal Lobe Epilepsy
4.        Occipital Lobe Epilepsy
5.        Primary Generalized Epilepsy
6.        Idiopathic Partial Epilepsy
7.        Symptomatic Generalized Epilepsy
8.        Progressive Myoclonic Epilepsy
9.        Reflex Epilepsy
IV.      Febrile Seizures
V.       Case Study: Febrile Seizures
1.        FEVER Study
VI.      Summary


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