New PDF release: ABC of epilepsy
By W. Henry Smithson, Matthew C. Walker
ABC of Epilepsy presents a pragmatic consultant for normal practitioners, and all these operating in fundamental care, at the prognosis, remedy and administration of epilepsy, and for the ongoing tracking and long-term aid of what's nonetheless a comparatively poorly understood neurological illness.
This fresh name within the ABC sequence is very illustrated all through and provides what epilepsy is, its category, and the way to diagnose it. It covers anti-epileptic medicinal drugs and non-drug remedies, in addition to self-management and residing with epilepsy.
Edited via a surgeon and neurologist crew, the ABC of Epilepsy displays present great guidance and is perfect for all GPs, basic future health care execs, perform nurses and professional nurses, and non-specialist clinical employees who play an expanding function in tracking and dealing with of epilepsy patients.
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Commonly the stimulator is active for 30 seconds every 5 minutes both day and night. Side effects are only experienced while the stimulator is active and include discomfort in the throat, a cough, difﬁculty swallowing and a hoarse voice. One positive effect is that VNS can reduce the symptoms of depression, indeed refractory depression is another indication for use. As the stimulator is metallic, care should be taken if an MRI scan is being considered. Source: Adapted from Blenkiron and Timms (2011).
To have the epilepsy assessed in the context of their quality of life, not just their seizures; encouragement to make notes, acknowledging that it can be a lot to remember; to have their family and carers appropriately involved; for the language used to be patient friendly and age appropriate; to be given details of further sources of information and support: specialist nurses, charity resources such as websites, self-help and helplines (information about national and specialist epilepsy charities is available in the Appendix); to have any concerns taken seriously and acknowledged, even if there is little, if anything, a clinician can do about them; acknowledgement of concerns is important to the relationship; to have access to specialist help by phone/email between reviews; to be offered referral to tertiary centres if needs be.
ABC of epilepsy by W. Henry Smithson, Matthew C. Walker