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Baxendale, S; (2017) Epilepsy. In: Wilson, BA and Winegardner, J and van Heugten, CM and Ownsworth, T, (eds.) Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: The International Handbook. (pp. 77-80). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Epilepsy is a condition characterised by recurrent, unprovoked seizures, or a high probability (>60 per cent) of seizure recurrence following a single seizure (Fisher et al., 2014). Most neurological conditions (MS, AD, etc.) are unified by a common underlying process within the brain, giving rise to a number of symptoms. Epilepsy is different in that the diagnosis is conferred on the basis of the defining symptom, seizures. The abnormalities and pathologies that can result in seizures are multiple and varied and may be structurally apparent or cryptogenic, genetic or acquired (Berg et al., 2010). This makes epilepsy both the most common neurological disorder worldwide and the most common neurological comorbidity of other neurological conditions. It follows that people with epilepsy form an extremely heterogeneous population.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Epilepsy
ISBN-13: 9781138643093
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781315629537.ch10
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315629537.ch10
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040876
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