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Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2015 Sep 1;5(9):a022848. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a022848.

Epilepsy: A Spectrum Disorder.

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Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona 85054.

Abstract

Epilepsy, a disorder of unprovoked seizures is a multifaceted disease affecting individuals of all ages with a particular predilection for the very young and old. In addition to seizures, many patients often report cognitive and psychiatric problems associated with both the seizures themselves and its therapy. Epilepsy has numerous etiologies both idiopathic and acquired with a wide range of therapeutic responses. Despite numerous treatments available to control repetitive seizures including medications, diets, immunotherapy, surgery, and neuromodulatory devices, a large percentage of patients continue to suffer the consequences of uncontrolled seizures, which include psychosocial stigma and death.

PMID:
26328931
PMCID:
PMC4561391
DOI:
10.1101/cshperspect.a022848
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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