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EPILEPSY SYNDROMES

Whilst conceptualizing epilepsies by their underlying etiology is very important, epilepsies may also be organized (by reliably identified common clinical and electrical characteristics) into epilepsy syndromes. Such syndromes have a typical age of seizure onset, specific seizure types and EEG characteristics and often other features which when taken together allow the specific epilepsy syndrome diagnosis. The identification of an epilepsy syndrome is useful as it provides information on which underlying etiologies should be considered and which anti-seizure medication(s) might be most useful. Several epilepsy syndromes demonstrate seizure aggravation with particular anti-seizure medications, which can be avoided through appropriate early diagnosis of the epilepsy syndrome.

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