CEO and Managing Director of Epilepsy Action Australia Carol Ireland explores the difficulties children affected by epilepsy face, and offers new options to support them.
While management of seizures in this population remains primarily a specialist responsibility, GPs can play a crucial role in identifying seizures, organising prompt referral, supporting medication management and providing support to families through provision of team-based, patient-centred care.
The management of a patient with epilepsy usually involves one or more pharmacological management strategies. This is discussed with Dr Dan McLaughlin, who is a neurologist from the Brisbane area.
Dr Denis Crimmins discusses the diagnosis and classification of seizure disorders. The identification of the type of seizure and the epilepsy syndrome is important as these will guide the investigation and management of epilepsy.
This feature discusses the impact of epilepsy and its treatment on women in the childbearing years. Areas covered include contraception, labour, pregnancy and lactation and the impact anti-epileptic drugs may have on a developing foetus and baby.