Author Affiliation: Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (email@example.com).
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.
Wong VSS. The Causes of Epilepsy: Common and Uncommon Causes in Adults and Children. JAMA. 2012;307(18):1979-1980. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.4478