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Epilepsy: An Overview of the Types of Seizure Disorders and Treatment

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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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 the type of seizure. Epilepsy is typically a lifelong condition that requires close medical management. Antiepileptic drug therapy often requires monitoring for drug dose adjustment and drug-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 in overcoming stereotypes and obtaining a higher quality of life.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  1. Epilepsy Types and Etiology

Risk Factors

  1. 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
  1. Febrile Seizures
  1. Case Study: Febrile Seizures
  1. Summary


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