Neurology Now:
doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000345692.37064.79
Department: Letter

Epilepsy

Trefil, John M.D. (retired)

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Albion, CA

I have a 27-year-old daughter who has several types of epilepsy, which remain poorly controlled despite our having tried most of the anti-seizure drugs both alone and in combination. I recently viewed a TV program that featured an epilepsy patient who had a German shepherd dog that accompanied the patient publicly. When a seizure was imminent, the dog would press any key on the cell phone that was programmed to direct all such calls to 911.

Where is it possible to procure such a dog, and what kind of training is required?

—John Trefil, M.D. (retired)

Albion, CA

©2009 American Academy of Neurology

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