Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy 3rd Edition PDF

Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy 3rd Edition PDF

by MD, John Pellock; MD, Blaise Bourgeois; MD, Edwin Dodson;

As with the first and second editions, the goal of this third edition of Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy is to assist all professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients with seizures and epilepsy. Our goal continues to be the perfect result: no seizures, no side effects, and  no stigma to limit these children from achieving their 
full potential.
The scope and depth of coverage of this book remains unique in its field. We have again tried to balance discussions of practical medical management with the scientific basis of epilepsy and its treatment in a clear and concise manner. The book focuses on the special issues of children with epilepsy and is intended as both a practical guide and a reference for clinicians and investigators. With many more options for the treatment of epilepsy—including new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), vagus nerve stimulation, the reintroduction of the ketogenic diet, increased emphasis on quality of life, as well as improved presurgical evaluation and surgical intervention—hope for a more normal life for all children with epilepsy should continue to grow. To accomplish all the new goals set for this third edition, the previous editors asked Drs. Douglas R. Nordli and Raman Sankar to join them as associate editors

Systematic coverage of individual drugs and other medical treatment modalities was already quite extensive 
in the second edition but has now been enhanced and expanded to cover the newer drugs not covered previously, as well as updated to include new information on the previously discussed drugs. A chapter on sulthiame by Dr. Dietz Rating has been added, because of the unique role of this drug in the treatment of the common syndrome of benign rolandic epilepsy. Other new chapters cover vitamins, dietary considerations, and alternative therapies (Dr. Orrin Devinsky); immunotherapy (Dr. Raman Sankar); and AEDs in development (Dr. Jacqueline French). The section on surgical treatment contains updated coverage of 
neurophysiologic evaluation (including magnetoencephalography), advanced imaging, surgical procedures,and outcomes, in addition to an update on vagus nerve stimulation. 
The section on psychosocial aspects has been expanded and includes chapters on costs of pediatric epilepsy, quality of life, intelligence, co-morbidities, and educational placement, as well as cognitive side effects of AEDs.We would be remiss in introducing this third edition without acknowledging the contribution of several of the previous authors who have now died. Drs. Kiffin Penry and Fritz Dreifuss, two of the founding fathers of pediatric epilepsy in the United States, have left us to carry on their work. Dr. Eric Lothman died quite prematurely, but his contribution to the understanding of the pathophysiology of seizures and epilepsy remains current even in this edition and will do so for years to come. In honoring these and others who have encouraged and guided our careers, we hope that this book meets the needs of those who care for children with epilepsy as well as the children and families who 
have to deal with seizures. For some, epilepsy will be a transient and distant memory, while for others epilepsy is an ever-present burden. Evaluating and treating these children in the most appropriate and efficient fashion while avoiding adverse cognitive and psychosocial effects remains both challenging and rewarding, and it requires state-of-the-art knowledge. We hope that you will find such knowledge in this 
book, and we hope that this third edition of Pediatric Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Therapy will help you and your colleagues provide state-of-the-art care to your patients and their families.


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