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Neurologist Allan Krumholz, MD, recognizes how life altering a first seizure can be for many people. The words of one particular patient, a single suburban mother of 2, still ring in his ears. “She said, ‘If I can’t drive, you might as well cut off my legs. I won’t be able to take my children to school or go to work,’” he recalled.
Krumholz shared the anecdote earlier this year during a press briefing at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting in Washington, DC. He emphasized not only the dramatic effect a seizure diagnosis has on patients, but also the importance of considering patients’ needs and preferences when physicians determine whether medication is appropriate.
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