Cognition and Behaviour in Childhood Epilepsy – Chapter 6: Disentangling the Role of Seizures and EEG Abnormalities in the Pathophysiology of Cognitive Dysfunction (ebook)
Chapter 6 – Disentangling the Role of Seizures and EEG Abnormalities in the Pathophysiology of Cognitive Dysfunction
Although seizures are the most striking clinical manifestation of the epilepsies, children with epilepsy are at risk not only for seizures but also for a number of comorbid health problems defined as conditions that occur in children with epilepsy at a higher rate than would be expected by chance. Common comorbidities that occur in children with epilepsy include cognitive dysfunction, such as memory, attention, or processing difficulties; mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and oppositional-defiant disorder; and somatic comorbidities, such as sleep disorders and migraines. Epilepsy comorbidities are common and often severe. Many parents of children with epilepsy consider the comorbidities to outweigh the burden of the seizures themselves.
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.