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What To Do When the Patient Does Not Respond to Treatment and is Not a Candidate for Surgery - Spanish Symposium 2017

2017 recordingsPresented entirely in Spanish, this symposium focuses on the importance of the early differentiation of paroxysmal non-epileptic events and epilepsy so that treatment for epilepsy is not delayed. In cases of refractory epilepsy, referral considerations for epilepsy surgery evaluation will be discussed, as will the challenging situation in which said evaluation concludes that the person with epilepsy is not a candidate for surgery. In this case, as well as in situations where epilepsy surgery is unavailable, the appropriate role and evidence for the remaining therapies, vagus nerve stimulation, brain stimulation, and the ketogenic diet will be presented and patient selection criteria presented.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Following participation in this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Differentiate epilepsy from paroxysmal non-epileptic events
  • Appropriately select patients for the ketogenic diet
  • Identify the criteria for selection of candidates for vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) vs. other types of neuromodulation
TARGET AUDIENCE
Neurologists, epileptologists, pediatric neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses

Co-chairs: David King-Stephens, M.D., and Mario A. Alonso-Vanegas, M.D.