An epilepsy syndrome is defined as a group of signs and symptoms that usually occur together and provides information on the types of medication and treatment that will be more effective. The features of a syndrome can include things such the age that the seizures started, gender, the types of seizures, the part of the brain that’s affected and much more.
Diagnosing a syndrome can enable healthcare professionals to make more informed decisions and provide insight into what the future might be like for a person with epilepsy and the possibility of remission or worsening. Many healthcare professionals will use syndromes to describe a person’s epilepsy.
As previously mentioned, there are a number of features that could be part of an epilepsy syndrome, including:
This is by no means an exhaustive list and there may be countless other factors taken into account, some more unique and rare than others. Many syndromes will be made up of a combination of factors from the above, but not all.
If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy then it’s also likely your healthcare professional may consider the possibility of diagnosing a particular syndrome. The process of diagnosing an epilepsy syndrome can be complicated as many of the features overlap, which means it can take some time to determine an accurate diagnosis. This can be frustrating, but you can help by documenting your epilepsy as much as possible. This will provide your healthcare professional with more information with which to make a diagnosis.
There are many different types of epilepsy syndrome, which we will be discussing in more detail in future posts, these include:
For more information on epilepsy syndromes, get in touch with National Epilepsy Training. Call us on 01706 373075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.