There are unique challenges to the care of women with epilepsy, including the gender-specific influences that women may experience owing to their age, hormonal status, and co-morbidities. Pregnancy is also a very important time for many women with epilepsy. This textbook is a portable, essential guide to the practical management of women with epilepsy. Busy clinicians can access a wealth of information summarized in a succinct and easily accessible format. Experts from around the world have reviewed and synthesized the available data from studies in hormones in epilepsy, pregnancy registries, and many aspects of the care of women with epilepsy from adolescence, through pregnancy, to menopause. Of interest to all who care for women with epilepsy, including neurologists, internists, obstetricians, anesthetists, primary care practitioners, nurses, and lactation consultants.
Esther Bui is a Staff Neurologist and Lecturer, Division of Neurology and Division of Obstetrical Medicine, Department of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, ON, Canada. The late Autumn M. Klein MD PhD was formerly Chief, Division of Women's Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Neurology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, UPMC Presbyterian/Magee Women's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Preface; 1. Epidemiology of women with epilepsy Kristi A. McIntosh and Nathalie Jette; 2. Psychiatric comorbidities of epilepsy in women Sherese Ali; 3. Sleep-related comorbidities in women with epilepsy Carin Dove and Brian J. Murray; 4. Hormonal influences in women with epilepsy Alberto Verrotti, Marianna Sebastiani, Alessandra Scaparrotta and Carla Verrotti; 5. Antiepileptic drugs and hormones Pavel Klein and Jaromir Janousek; 6. Genetic causes of epilepsies in women Danielle Molinari Andrade; 7. Epilepsy in girls during childhood and adolescence Cristina Y. Go and O. Carter Snead, III; 8. Catamenial epilepsy Sima Indubhai Patel and Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer; 9. Fertility in women with epilepsy Mark Quigg; 10. Selecting contraception for women with epilepsy Page B. Pennell and Anne Davis; 11. Preconception counseling for women with epilepsy Elizabeth E. Gerard; 12. Teratogenicity and antiepileptic drugs Georgia Montouris; 13. Seizure management in pregnancy A. Gabriela Lizama and Pamela Crawford; 14. Obstetric and fetal monitoring in women with epilepsy Dini Hui and Ori Nevo; 15. Pregnancy and epilepsy: neuroimaging Kalliopi A. Petropoulou; 16. Obstetrical anesthesia and the pregnant epileptic patient Fatima Zahir and Jonathan H. Waters; 17. Seizure management in the postpartum period Elinor Ben-Menachem; 18. Breastfeeding and use of antiepileptics Weerawadee Chandranipapongse and Shinya Ito; 19. Post-partum safety issues for women with epilepsy Diane T. Sundstrom and Patricia Osborne Shafer; 20. Management of the neonate: clinical examination and surveillance Eugene Ng; 21. Menopause and HRT in women with epilepsy Cynthia L. Harden; 22. Bone health in adolescent girls and postmenopausal women with epilepsy Alison M. Pack; Index.