Epilepsy In Childhood

Editor(s): International Committee of Paediatricians Annales Nestlé Vol.61 / 3,  2003
  • The Classification of Epilepsy and Epileptic Seizures

    Author(s): J.W. Sander

    Epilepsy is the propensity to have recurrent and unprovoked epileptic seizures and can result from a number of underlying aetiologies. Epilepsy is thus best considered a symptom of an underlying brain disorder [1]. A single seizure is not usually considered sufficient to diagnose epilepsy. Epileptic seizures occurring solely in association with precipitants or triggering factors are termed acute symptomatic or situation-related seizures. Such precipitants include fever in young children, strokes, metabolic disturbances, alcohol or drug abuse, and acute head injury. Recurrent acute symptomatic seizures are not usually considered as “epilepsy”.

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