The award-winning Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood is the standard resource for parents in need of comprehensive medical information about their child with epilepsy. Now in its third edition, this highly praised book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in childhood, including the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for children who either do not respond to traditional drug therapy or who suffer intolerable side effects from medications.
In addition to providing up-to-date information about new diagnostic techniques as well as new drugs, diet, and surgical treatments, the authors have included a chapter addressing routine health care for children with epilepsy and a new chapter on complementary and alternative therapies. Also new to this edition are discussions of the progress made in the evaluation for surgery, a chapter on insurance issues, and a section detailing additional resources.
"No child's life should be defined by seizures. If we understand how the brain works, what happens during seizures, and how to cope with epilepsy, we can overcome the mythology of epilepsy and fight society's prejudices, allowing every child with epilepsy to reach his or her full potential."-From Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood
John M. Freeman, M.D., is Lederer Professor of Pediatric Epilepsy and director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Eileen P. G. Vining, M.D., is associate professor of neurology and pediatrics and associate director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center. Diana J. Pillas is coordinator-counselor at the Pediatric Epilepsy Center and former president of the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region.
Contents:Lits of Figures and Tables Foreword tothe Third Edition, by Trish Marlow Foreword to the Second Edition, by Jim Abrahams Foreword to the First Edition, by Tony Coelho Preface AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart One Why do Seizures and Epilepsy Occur?1. How the Brain Works: Understanding Seizures and Why There Are So Many Types 2. The Kinds of Seizure and Where They Arise in the BrainPart Two Diagnosing Seizures and Epilepsy3. How We Diagnose a Seizure and Decide What It Will Mean for Your Child 4. How We Evaluate and Think About the First Seizure 5. Decision Making: Assessing Riskd and Benefits after a Nonfebrile Seizure 6. What to Do during a Second Big Seizure 7. Understanding Your Child's Tests: EEG, CT, and MRI 8. The Epilepsies of Childhood: Special Patterns and CausesPart Three Treating Seizures and Epilepsy9. Medical Treatment of Seizures 10. Status Epilepticus: A Medical Emergency 11. The Outlook for the Child with Seizures 12. The Ketogenic Diet 13. Vitamins, Minerals, and Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy 14. Surgical Approaches to EpilepsyPart Four Coping with Epilepsy15. Coping with Seizures and Epilepsy 16. Coping with the Uncertainties of Seizures and Epilepsy: The Power of Positive Thinking 17. Coping with Substantial Handicap: Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, and Difficult-to-Control Seizures 18. Epilepsy as a Psychosocial Disease 19. Counseling: A DialoguePart Five Living with Epilepsy20. School: Learning and Behavior 21. Routine Medical Care and Epilepsy 22. Sports and Epilepsy Driving and Epilepsy Marriage, Pregnancy, and Children 25. Support Services and Additional Information for People with Epilepsy and Their Families 26. Insurance and Other Financial IssuesConclusionGlossary Index