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Arch Neurol. 1995 Apr;52(4):363-6.

Prevention as it pertains to epilepsy.

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Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA.


Prevention may be practiced at various levels in the hierarchy of epilepsy; at the level of epilepsy itself (epileptogenesis), the individual epileptic seizures (ictogenesis), or in the avoidance of the consequences of the epilepsies or their component seizures. Moreover, it also applies in the arena of psychosocial predicaments, the neurologic or other injurious side effects of recurrent seizures, and the unwanted side effects of drug therapy or surgery employed in management, where attention to the risk/benefit analysis of the treatment employed may greatly influence outcome not only of life itself but also its quality.

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