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Book and Media Reviews
May 9, 2012

The Causes of Epilepsy: Common and Uncommon Causes in Adults and Children

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Author Affiliation: Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (vwongmd@gmail.com).

JAMA. 2012;307(18):1979-1980. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.4478

It is no easy task to classify epileptic seizures and epilepsy etiologies, with a recent commentary citing 9 articles on the topic published in 2011 alone.1 Providing a cause of a patient's seizures is clearly a necessary component of any classification scheme. The commentary also notes the importance of precisely defining the etiology of epilepsy in an individual patient, given its implications for prognosis and treatment.

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