Epilepsy in the elderly: facts and challenges

Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 12/23/2010

Stefan H – The diagnosis of epilepsy in the elderly can be difficult and may require long–term video–EEG monitoring. Stroke is the most frequent etiology in epilepsies in the elderlies. Status epilepticus in acute symptomatic epilepsies often results in fatality and may become an increasing health problem. The article also describes the current strategies in antiepileptic drug treatment and epilepsy surgery in the elderly. Novel antiepileptic drugs are necessary as current antiepileptics have strong interaction potentials and harmful side effects, making them ill–suboptimal for treating epilepsy in the elderly.

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