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ILAE classification of the epilepsies: position paper of the ILAE Commission for Classification and Terminology

Ingrid E Scheffer, Samuel Berkovic, Guiseppe Capovilla, Mary B Connolly, Jacqueline French, Laura Guilhoto, Edouard Hirsch, Satish Jain, Gary W Mathern, Solomon L Moshe, Douglas R Nordli, Emilio Perucca, Torbjorn Tomson, Samuel Wiebe, Yue-Hua Zhang, Sameer M Zuberi



The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) classification of the epilepsies has been updated to reflect the gain in understanding of the epilepsies and their underlying mechanisms following the major scientific advances that have taken place since the last ratified classification in 1989. As a critical tool for the practicing clinician, epilepsy classification must be relevant and dynamic to changes in thinking, yet robust and translatable to all areas of the globe. Its primary purpose is for the clinical diagnosis of patients but it is also critical for epilepsy research, development of antiepileptic treatment and communication around the world. The new classification is based on a dr..

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