Cognition and Behaviour in Childhood Epilepsy – Chapter 4: The Interaction Between Childhood-Onset Epilepsy and Cogniton (ebook)


Chapter 4 – The Interaction Between Childhood-Onset Epilepsy and Cogniton: Long-Term Follow Up

The long-term outcome of childhood epilepsy has two main themes: seizure remission and social success. Seizure outcome is generally straightforward and is typically defined at the end of follow-up as a terminal remission from seizures for several years, persistent infrequent seizures despite treatment, and intractable epilepsy. Social outcome is more complex and depends on many factors including the culture where the person lives and cognitive ability. Few studies have specifically addressed the issue of long-term cognitive outcome for children with epilepsy. There is no standard definition for long-term – publications have used this honorific concept with definitions ranging from 1 year all the way to 50 years. For this chapter we have only included studies with a follow-up of greater than 3 years.

About the book

For many parents, cognitive and behavioral comorbidities, such as ADHD, autism and intellectual disability, are the real burden of childhood epilepsy. This title offers concrete guidance and treatment strategies for childhood epilepsy in general, and for the comorbidities associated with each epilepsy syndrome and their pathophysiology. The book is written by experts in the field with an important clinical experience, while chapters by clinical neuropsychologists provide a strong theoretical background.

Readership: Epileptologists, Paediatric Neurologists, Paediatricians and Neuropsychologists.