A Clinical Guide to Epileptic Syndromes And Their Treatment: Based on the New Ilae Diagnostic Scheme

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Bladon Medical Pub., 2002 - Medical - 278 pages
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Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting 1-2% of the population and 4% of children. Epilepsy is not a single disease but a general label for a multitude of different disorders or syndromes. Accurate diagnosis of the syndrome is therefore essential for both short- and long-term management. The standardised classification and terminology for epileptic seizures and syndromes by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) provides a fundamental framework for organising and differentiating various types of epileptic disorders. This is the first book to present a detailed analysis of the new diagnostic scheme of the ILAE Task Force of 2001 mandated by the dramatic increase in the knowledge of epileptic syndromes through advances in clinical and EEG aspects, brain imaging technologies and genetics. The author presents an authoritative and concise description of all syndromes in neonates, infants, children, teenagers and adults. Each syndrome is presented with unambiguous clarity, practical tips and useful tables on clinical features, differential diagnosis and management. Guidelines for established and developing management regimes and treatments are objectively accounted. All these elements make this book readily accessible to the intended audience and particularly to busy physicians.

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Classification and significance of epileptic syndromes
Brain imaging in the diagnosis and management of epilepsies

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About the author (2002)

Chrysostomos Panayiotopoulos is an internationally renowned leader and expert in the field of neurology. He has worked for over 15 years as a Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsies at St. Thomasa (TM) Hospital in London, UK. In addition to this, he holds several honorary titles including Honorary Senior Lecturer at Guys, Kings and St. Thomasa (TM) Medical school, Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Epileptology at Guya (TM)s Department of Paediatric Neurology, London. He has also been an invited professor to Harvard University and the University of Western Australia, where he was appointed Honorary Director of the Department of Neuropathology.

Dr. Panayiotopoulos has researched prolifically, investigating the clinical and neurophysiological investigations of the muscles, peripheral and central nervous system, with a particular focus on epilepsy. Moreover he has successfully secured more than a quarter of a million pounds of research funding.

Dr Panayiotopoulos has been an active contributor to a number of highly established peer-reviewed journals. He has written over 136 articles in English, in journals such as the Lancet, Brain, Neurology, Annals of Neurology and Archives of Neurology to name but a few. These papers have been cited more than 1000 times in leading journals such as the Lancet, Nature, Neurology and Muscle and Nerve. He has also published over 50 articles in Greek. He has been the invited author of over 44 chapters in neurology books. He has also sat on the editorial board of "Annals of Saudi Medicine" and acted as a reviewer for: "Brain," "Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry," "Muscle and Nerve," "Epilepsia," "Lupus," "Journalof Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology," "Epilepsy Research," and "Seizure."

Moreover his work on establishing the syndromic diagnosis of epilepsies and the appropriate video-EEG methodology for their diagnosis, has been regarded by some as ground breaking and he is recognised as one the leading authorities on epilepsy. He was appointed as one of the 12 members of the Commission on Classification and Terminology of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and subsequently as a key advisory member.

Dr. Panayiotopoulos is now Consultant emeritus in the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsies at St. Thomasa (TM) hospital, London and also has a consultancy with USB pharma, Brussels, Belgium. He is married with two children.

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Early-onset benign childhood occipital seizure susceptibility syndrome: a syndrome to recognise. Epilepsia 1999: 40: 621-630

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