Journal article

Are the days of counting seizures numbered?

Philippa Karoly, Daniel M Goldenholz, Mark Cook

CURRENT OPINION IN NEUROLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2018

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The estimation of seizure frequency is a cornerstone of clinical management of epilepsy and the evaluation of new therapies. Current estimation approaches are significantly limited by several factors. Comparing patient diaries and objective estimates (through both inpatient video-EEG monitoring of and long-term ambulatory EEG studies) reveal that patients document seizures inaccurately. So far, few practical alternative methods of estimation have been available. RECENT FINDINGS: We review the systems of counting currently utilized and their limitations, as well as the limitations imposed by problems defining clinical events. Alternative methodologies that permit the volati..

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