Diagnosis and management of epilepsy in adults



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This guideline covers all aspects of diagnosis and management of adults with epilepsy including a completely revised section on epilepsy and women’s health and new sections covering psychiatric comorbidity, sleep, and mortality (including sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).

Guideline No.143
ISBN 978 1 909103 34 4
Published May 2015

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“Following an event in June 2015 to discuss implementation of SIGN 143: Diagnosis and management of epilepsy in adults, a group of epilepsy specialists, including members of the SIGN guideline development group, worked with women with epilepsy and Epilepsy Connections to develop information materials (an A3 poster and A5 postcard) for women with epilepsy who are pregnant or who are thinking about having a baby.These materials will be distributed to neurology clinics, GP practices and sexual health clinics, initially within the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde area. A pilot project involving distribution of the materials though community pharmacies in NHS GG&C will also be running during the coming year.Epilepsy is one of the leading contributors to maternal mortality in the UK, and women with epilepsy are more likely to give birth to babies with congenital malformations than women who don’t have epilepsy. However, women with epilepsy who get the right information, treatment and support have more reliable contraception, better health during pregnancy and improved pregnancy outcomes. The need for women with epilepsy of childbearing potential to have access to specialist epilepsy care was highlighted in SIGN 143"


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