Navigation Links
Some Epilepsy Patients Not Always Aware of Seizures
Date:11/15/2007

That can lead to under-reporting when applying for driver's licenses, researchers suggest

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with focal epilepsy, simply asking how often they have seizures doesn't provide a true count of their seizure frequency, German research suggests.

Reminding patients to keep written records of their seizures may not help, either, because they may be unaware of some seizures, said the University of Bonn Medical Center researchers.

"In conclusion, patient seizure counts are not valid, and reports of complete seizure freedom may need objective evaluation (e.g., regarding a driver's license)," the study authors concluded.

The study, published in the November issue of the journal Archives of Neurology, included 91 adults with focal epilepsy -- also known as partial seizures -- which involves one specific area of the brain.

The patients were outfitted with electrodes and monitored by video for an average of 4.5 days. They were asked to keep a seizure diary and to push a warning button to summon a nurse when they detected the onset of a seizure.

About half (42) of the patients received daily reminders about documenting all their seizures.

During the study, the patients experienced a total of 582 partial seizures but did not report 323 of them. The researchers found that 85.8 percent of all seizures that occurred during sleep were unreported, compared with 32 percent of seizures that occurred while patients were awake.

"Patients activated the push-button alarm ahead of 51 seizures (8.8 percent) but failed to document 17 (33.3 percent) of these seizures," wrote the study authors, who also found that patient self-reporting varied by seizure type.

Patients failed to report 73.2 percent of complex partial seizures (which impair consciousness) and 26.2 percent of simple partial seizures (which don't affect consciousness).

More information

The Epilepsy Foundation has more about partial seizures.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Nov. 12, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Some Epilepsy Patients Are Good Candidates for Surgery
2. Ovation further advances development pipeline with new phase III epilepsy study
3. A childs IQ could be affected by maternal epilepsy
4. Research shows how genetic mutation causes epilepsy in infants
5. Epilepsy Drug Holds Promise as Treatment for Alcoholism
6. Lamotrigine May Reduce Epilepsy Seizures
7. Childhood epilepsy research offers new hope for seizure control
8. Epilepsy drugs may cause sexual disorders
9. Quality of life study examines burden of epilepsy
10. Epilepsy-induced brain cell damage prevented in the laboratory
11. Epilepsy genes may cancel each other
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... In honor ... will offer an incentive to people who share their fitness journey on social media. ... premium first aid products, will award a $100 product voucher each week during May ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... , ... East Los Angeles dentist , Dr. Ramin Assili, is now ... receive any dental extraction treatment for $40 off the regular price. This promotion cannot ... lower price, patients can more easily afford extractions to eliminate teeth that are damaged ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Dr. Rassouli, dentist in Orange County, CA ... the research, which was published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,” more ... million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that dental problems may increase the ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... ... Pregnancy Awareness Month offers a great time to get familiar with the latest ... to have a baby, it’s best to get started before age becomes an issue,” ... & Pregnancy Organizer, written for women who plan on becoming pregnant to learn about ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... ... Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh of Carolina Facial Plastics isn’t surprised that Charlotte, NC, the city where ... 5 US Cities with the Highest Plastic Rates .” The other cities that made ... calculated using a survey by RealSelf and combining that data with the number ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... Mich. , April 28, 2016   ... . Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s ... has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Valley ... Specialty Pharmacy ("TNH"), a leading specialty pharmacy that ... Van Nuys, California . In 2015, TNH ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016 Research and Markets ... Surgery Products Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... The global plastic surgery products market is ... the period 2016-2020. , ,The growing adoption of laser ... growth of the market. Lasers are used to treat ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016 ... Phillips und Stephen Schmidt ... ArisGlobal®, ein führender Anbieter cloudbasierter Softwarelösungen ... bekannt, dass neue Führungskräfte zum Team Sicherheit ... die vielfältige Erfahrungen mitbringen.  Dies wird die ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: