100 Questions & Answers About EpilepsyAuthor: Anuradha Singh
Whether You Are A Newly Diagnosed Patient Or A Loved One Of Someone Suffering From The Disease, This Book Offers Help. The Only Text To Provide The Doctor’s And Patient’s Views, 100 Questions & Answers About Epilepsy Gives You Authoritative, Practical Answers To Your Questions About Symptoms, Diagnosis, Risk Factors, Types Of Seizures, Treatment Options, Sources Of Support, And Much More. Written By A Prominent Physician, With Actual Patient Commentary, 100 Questions & Answers About Epilepsy Is An Invaluable Resource For Anyone Coping With The Physical And Emotional Turmoil Of Epilepsy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: The Basics
Questions 1-5 address basic questions about epilepsy, including:
What is epilepsy?
What is a seizure?
How common is epilepsy?
What should I know about the brain to understand epilepsy?
Is epilepsy an inherited condition?
Part II: Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Seizure Types
Questions 6-13 discuss different seizure types and risk factors, including:
What are the risk factors/triggers for epilepsy?
What are the different seizure types of epilepsy syndromes?
What are nonepileptic seizures?
Part III: Diagnosis of Epilepsy
Questions 14-20 discuss diagnosis of epilepsy, including:
What tests are performed to confirm the diagnosis?
What is neuroimaging?
What is an electroencephalogram?
What is a vidoe EEG test?
Part IV: Treatment and Its Side Effects
Questions 21-37 address the medical treatment and their side effects, including:
What is the first aid for seizures?
What are antiepileptics?
What are their side effects?
What are old and new antiepileptics?
What are alternative treatment options?
Part V: Children and Epilepsy
Questions 38-49 cover the important seizure types, benign and progressive syndromes in children, the decision to treat, special diet treatment, and consquences of seizures on the developing brain, including:
What are infantile spasms?
What are febrile seizures?
Can children outgrow epilepsy?
Should the first seizure be treated in children?
What are the consquences of seizures on the developing brain?
Will medications slow down my child?
Should we try a ketogenic diet?
Part IV: Women and Epilepsy
Questions 50-68 include some of the important aspects of seizures and antiepileptics on the menstrual cycle, sexuality, and pregancy-related isssues in women with epilepsy.
What is catamenial epilepsy?
Do antiepileptics lower the efficacy of oral contraceptives?
Can I get pregnant?
Can I have a healthy baby?
Will I be able to take care of my baby?
Will my seizure pattern change with menopause?
Part VII: Epilepsy in Older People
Questions 69 and 70 cover precautions while treating older patients with epilepsy.
Will antiepileptics have interactions with other medicines I am now on?
Can I take cough medicines or antibiotics as needed without worrying about drug interactions?
Part VIII: Presurgical Evaluation and Epilepsy Surgery
Questions 71-100 address some of the invasive and noninvasive tests for presurgical testing, temporal and extratemporal surgery, and new therapies available to treat epilepsy.
What is an angiogram?
What is temporal and extratemporal lobe surgery?
What are the complications of epilepsy surgery?
What is a vagal nerve stimulator?
What is transmagnetic stimulation?
What is neuroprosthesis?
Appendix: National Epilepsy Resources