What is a Syndrome?
There are many different types of epilepsy classifications. Nowadays, most people are given a specific diagnosis or name for their epilepsy, rather than just told that ‘you have epilepsy’. Some epilepsy disorders are classified as syndromes and are defined based on a unique combination of symptoms.
An epilepsy syndrome is a type of epilepsy that depends upon:
- Family history
- What age the seizures start
- Seizure type(s)
- Cause, and other linked diseases/conditions
- How the syndrome progresses over time
- Presence or absence of brain abnormalities
- EEG findings
- Brain scan findings (such as CT, MRI, PET)
- Response to medication
A diagnosis of a particular epilepsy syndrome is useful in deciding the possible treatment options, what course of the condition may take, and the possible genetic risk of passing it on to offspring.
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