Cognition and Behaviour in Childhood Epilepsy – Chapter 7: Chronic Cognitive Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs in Childhood Epilepsy (ebook)

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Chapter 7 РChronic Cognitive Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs in Childhood Epilepsy

The cognitive side effects of the antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have emerged as an important aspect in medical decision making in childhood epilepsy. Children with epilepsy have a higher risk of learning disabilities and academic weakness because of the epilepsy and the seizures. In such a situation, even a modest adverse drug effect may have consequences because it can amplify the already existing weaknesses and ultimately may cause developmental arrest. Children are potentially more susceptible to the adverse effects of AEDs than adults because of the potential effect of AEDs on brain maturation and hence on neurodevelopment. Early identification of AED-induced cognitive impairment in children with epilepsy is, therefore, crucial because those deficits impact on future educational possibilities and eventually the occupational and social outcomes.

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.