The diagnosis and management of epilepsy is complicated by the changing clinical setting in which the disorder occurs. Both epilepsy and its co-existing clinical conditions are dynamic. Often times, issues related to epilepsy and seizure control are emphasized, with less focus on the clinical setting itself. This session addresses the issues of diagnosis and management of epilepsy when other conditions intervene.
Following participation in this activity, learners should be able to:
- Delineate and discuss the principles of transitioning the care of children with epilepsy to adult clinical care settings
- Recognize the potential of decline in memory, cognition and behavior following epilepsy surgery, which may be independent of the degree of post- surgical seizure control
- Develop management plans for women with epilepsy considering pregnancy, during pregnancy and labor, and post-partum
- Identify diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to recognize and mitigate mood disorders of depression and suicide risk in those with epilepsy
- Review and discuss emerging behavioral and pharmacologic options for mood disorder exacerbation and the interaction of mood disorders with cognition
- Consider translational scientific evidence of overlapping pathophysiologic mechanism of epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease and potential novel interventions
Neurologists, epileptologists, pediatric neurologists, nurses, psychologists/neuropsychologists, nurse practitioners/physician assistants, pharmacists
Chair: Eli M. Mizrahi, M.D.