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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 247-249

Guidelines for epilepsy management in India classification of seizures and epilepsy syndromes

1 Department of Neurology, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India
2 National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

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Sridharan Ramaratnam
New 15/1, Old 25 Parthasarathypuram, T. Nagar, Chennai-600 017
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.74187

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This article is part of the Guidelines for Epilepsy management in India. This article reviews the classification systems used for epileptic seizures and epilepsy and present the recommendations based on current evidence. At present, epilepsy is classified according to seizure type and epilepsy syndrome using the universally accepted International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) classification of epileptic seizures and epilepsy syndromes. A multi-axial classification system incorporating ictal phenomenology, seizure type, epilepsy syndrome, etiology and impairments is being developed by the ILAE task force. The need to consider age-related epilepsy syndromes is particularly important in children with epilepsy. The correct classification of seizure type and epilepsy syndrome helps the individual with epilepsy to receive appropriate investigations, treatment, and information about the likely prognosis.

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