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EpilepsyDiagnosis.org

The ILAE Commission on Classification and Terminology welcomes you to EpilepsyDiagnosis.org, a cutting edge online diagnostic manual of the epilepsies.

Goal

The goal of epilepsydiagnosis.org is to make available, in an easy to understand form, latest concepts relating to seizures and the epilepsies. The principle goal is to assist clinicians who look after people with epilepsy anywhere in the world to diagnose seizure type(s), diagnose epilepsy syndromes and define the etiology of the epilepsy. The site is principally designed for clinicians in primary and secondary care settings caring for people with epilepsy and we hope will also serve as a useful teaching aid.

Structure

The structure of this site reflects the importance of seizure type, syndrome, and etiology in clinical practice. On this website, you will find current classification concepts for seizures, with their clinical features, video examples, EEG correlate, differential diagnosis and related epilepsy syndromes. Epilepsy syndromes are detailed by their clinical features, seizure types, EEG, imaging and genetic correlates and differential diagnoses. The site includes sections on etiologies of epilepsies and epilepsy imitators with cross-referencing between these sections and seizure and syndrome sections.

Definition of epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disease of the brain defined by any of the following conditions:

  • At least two unprovoked (or reflex) seizures occurring more than 24 hours apart
  • One unprovoked (or reflex) seizure and a probability of further seizures similar to the general recurrence risk (at least 60%) after two unprovoked seizures, occurring over the next 10 years
  • Diagnosis of an epilepsy syndrome

Epilepsy is considered to be resolved for individuals who had an age-dependent self-limited epilepsy syndrome but who are now past the applicable age, or for those who have remained seizure-free for the last 10 years, with no seizure medication for the last 5 years.

Videos

A short and instantaneous registration process is required to view videos on this site, and this is open to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Individuals with seizures or epilepsy imitating conditions and their families have kindly given consent for videos to be freely available in this way.

Further development

You will notice that there are some sections that do not have video examples as yet, notably Epilepsy Imitators, and some text sections that require expansion. The ILAE Syndromes and EpilepsyDiagnosis.org Task Force of the Commission on Classification and Terminology will continue to develop EpilepsyDiagnosis.org and add further videos and text over time.

Please have a look EpilepsyDiagnosis.org, use it for your own education, for teaching and let colleagues, patients and families know about the resources on this site. We would be very grateful if you could complete the survey on the Give Feedback page. This will help us in our further development of this continually evolving site. Future plans include developing continuing medical education (CME) packages linked to the site and providing downloadable information for people with epilepsy, their families and carers.

Acknowledgement

The website has been developed in partnership with eResearch at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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