Provincial Guidelines for the Management of Epilepsy in Adults and Children is the result of a collaborative effort between CCSO, the Epilepsy Implementation Task Force (EITF), and Provincial Neurosurgery Ontario (PNO). The Guidelines included in this document have been developed by a sub-group of the Epilepsy Implementation Task Force for any health care provider engaged in the care of patients with epilepsy before referral to surgery. The guidelines are based on current processes and represent expectations for the highest standards of epilepsy care.
Epilepsy affects around 95,000 Ontarians, of whom approximately 80,000 are adults and over 15,000 are children under the age of 18 (Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences [ICES] & Ontario Brain Institute[OBI], in press). While most individuals with epilepsy can be treated effectively by a primary care physician or general neurologist, an estimated 30% of those diagnosed have medically refractory epilepsy, experiencing seizures that do not respond to treatment with two or more appropriate antiepileptic drugs (Kwan & Brodie, 2000).
Signs of Symptoms of Epilepsy The most important symptoms of epilepsy are. . . .
What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a chronic disorder. It is the. . . .
Seizure Seizures are symptoms of a brain problem. A seizure is a sudden. . . .
What Causes Epilepsy? In most of the epilepsy cases, a cause cannot be. . . .
Epilepsy Diagnosis Epilepsy is generally not easy to diagnose quickly.. . . .
Treating Epilepsy Treatment of epilepsy is usually focused on controlling. . . .