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F1000 Med Rep. 2010 Jul 14;2:51. doi: 10.3410/M2-51.

Advances in epilepsy: new perspectives on new-onset epilepsy, comorbidities, and pharmacotherapy.

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  • 1Rush Medical College at Rush University, Laboratory of Electroencephalography and Video-EEG-Telemetry, Section of Epilepsy and Rush Epilepsy Center, Rush University Medical Center 1653 West Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612 USA.


The purpose of this brief article is to review old concepts of the significance of acute symptomatic seizures, the impact of psychiatric comorbidities on the response of pharmacologic and surgical treatments of the seizure disorder, and the importance of factoring comorbid medical comorbidities into the choice of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). In addition, this article provides an update on the latest data on the teratogenic effects of AEDs and reviews the most relevant results of a recent practice guideline on pregnancy issues in women with epilepsy. The article closes with a review of the latest advances in the therapeutic effects of first- and second-generation AEDs.

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