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DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF EPILEPSY

Drazkowski, Joseph F.; Chung, Steve S.

CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology: June 2010 - Volume 16 - Issue 3, Epilepsy - p 36-56
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000368231.11492.9c
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Epilepsy is a relatively common neurologic disorder that has important implications for patients, health care providers, and society. Making the correct diagnosis for transient neurologic events as with many neurologic conditions starts with an accurate and complete history and consequently leads to a directed diagnostic workup. In this chapter, we present transient neurologic events that are commonly included in the differential diagnosis for epilepsy and how to evaluate and distinguish among the possibilities. Making the correct diagnosis of epilepsy or one of its mimickers allows the practitioner to prescribe appropriate therapy for what are often divergent conditions.

Relationship Disclosure: Dr Drazkowski's compensation and/or research work has been funded, entirely or in part, by research support from Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., and NeuroVista Corporation. Dr Chung has received personal compensation for speaking engagements from Cyberonics, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, and UCB, and for consulting from GlaxoSmithKline and UCB. Dr Chung has received research support in the form of grants from Eisai Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Schwarz Pharma, UCB, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

Unlabeled Use of Products/Investigational Use Disclosure: Drs Drazkowski and Chung have nothing to disclose.

© 2010 American Academy of Neurology
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