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Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

ISSN: 2044-1282
Previously published as: Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Online from: 2010

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Syndromic classification of seizure disorders and its relevance to intellectual disability epilepsy


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Title:Syndromic classification of seizure disorders and its relevance to intellectual disability epilepsy
Author(s):Robert Winterhalder, (Consultant Psychiatrist in the Bromley Learning Disability Epilepsy Service, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Orpington, UK)
Citation:Robert Winterhalder, (2011) "Syndromic classification of seizure disorders and its relevance to intellectual disability epilepsy", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 5 Iss: 6, pp.37 - 43
Keywords:Adults, Epilepsy, Intellectual disability, Learning disability, Seizure
Article type:Literature review
DOI:10.1108/20441281111187180 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the application of a syndromic approach to seizure disorders in intellectual disabilities, in the light of recent advances in research and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Report on classification in 2010.

Design/methodology/approach – The ILAE Report is reviewed with an emphasis on neurodevelopmental seizure disorders, which may present to clinicians working in the field of adult intellectual disability. The advantages of applying a syndromic approach and the difficulties often encountered are also discussed.

Findings – Adopting a syndromic approach to seizure disorders in adults with intellectual disability should lead to rational prescribing, appropriate packages of care, and an improvement in the quality of research in this field.

Originality/value – This paper highlights the importance of identifying epilepsy syndromes in adults with intellectual disability, in the light of recent international reports on classification. It is of value to clinicians (particularly psychiatrists and learning disability nurses) practising in the field of epilepsy and intellectual disability.



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