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Experts Urge Cognitive Testing of Kids With Epilepsy
Date:8/12/2009

nitored for cognitive problems resulting from the epilepsy drug," Fastenau said.

"Surprisingly, our study also found that academic achievement in these children was unaffected around the time of the first visit, about three months after the first seizure in this study, suggesting there is a window early in epilepsy for intervention to avoid hurting a child's performance at school," he said.

However, David Loring, of Emory University in Atlanta, said in an accompanying editorial that, because the cognitive problems were noted near the time of the first seizure, it was clear that neither the epilepsy nor the drugs caused the cognitive difficulties.

"It provides strong evidence that these cognitive problems can be attributed to underlying brain abnormalities that lead to epilepsy, rather than from extended exposure to epilepsy drugs or the effect of numerous seizures," Loring said.

The study appears online Aug. 12 in Neurology.

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about epilepsy.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, Aug. 12, 2009


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