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May 2002

Therapy for the Epilepsies

Arch Neurol. 2002;59(5):732-735. doi:10.1001/archneur.59.5.732

EPILEPSY IS a common, frequently misunderstood, treatable condition that causes significant morbidity and mortality if mismanaged. Many new treatment options have been introduced, but there is often controversy about when to use newer antiepileptic drugs, expensive diagnostic procedures, and surgery. Recent epidemiological data, a new proposed classification system for epileptic seizures and epilepsies, new video electroencephalographic (EEG) and diagnostic imaging technologies, and surgical treatment options all should lead to better seizure control with fewer adverse effects and, thus, a better quality of life for persons with epilepsy.