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Epileptic Prodromes 

Epileptic Prodromes
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Epileptic Prodromes
Author(s):

Florian Mormann

and Klaus Lehnertz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199796793.003.0022
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date: 29 November 2020

For patients with epilepsy who do not achieve complete seizure control, it is the sudden, unforeseen way in which seizures strike ‘like a bolt from the blue’ that represents one of the most disabling aspects of their disorder. Apart from the risk of serious injury, seizures are often associated with an intense feeling of helplessness that has a strong impact on patients' everyday lives. The ability accurately to anticipate the occurrence of seizures could significantly improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy. This chapter critically reviews the scientific evidence for the existence of prodromal pre-seizure states, including clinical as well as electrophysiological pre-ictal phenomena.

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