Benign Childhood Partial Seizures and Related Epileptic Syndromes

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John Libbey Eurotext, 1999 - Convulsions in children - 406 pages
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The most important advance in recent epileptology is the recognition of epileptic syndromes and diseases, most of which are well defined and easy to diagnose. The benign childhood partial seizures syndromes exemplify the importance of a precise diagnosis and classification of epilepsies. They are common, and have an excellent prognosis which is better than that of febrile convulsions. Paediatricians and clinical neurophysiologists are now familiar with the Rolandic seizures but are not yet accustomed to diagnosing other benign childhood partial seizures and in particular benign childhood occipital seizures which are often confused with cerebral insults or migraine. The aim of this reference book is to describe the clinical and EEG manifestations of benign childhood partial seizures with particular emphasis on the occipital seizures which are often more characteristic, easier to diagnose and, in some cases, more benign than Rolandic seizures.

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The diagnosis of epilepsies
The significance of the EEG in the diagnosis and management of epilepsies
General aspects and nomenclature
Rolandic seizures and centrotemporal spikes
Centrotemporal spikes and other electroencephalographic findings
Occipital seizures and related epileptic syndromes
The syndromes
Panayiotopoulos syndrome
Occipital spikes occipital paroxysms and other electroencephalographic
Chapter 12A Epilepsies characterized by seizures with specific modes of precipitation
2B Idiopathic photosensitive occipital seizures
Occipital epilepsies versus migraine with aura acephalgic
a review
Severe syndromes of mainly linguistic and neuropsychological deficits seizures
Epilogue and conclusions
Subject index

Late onset benign childhood occipital seizures or Late onset idiopathic

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About the author (1999)

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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