alexa Epilepsy and dementia in the elderly.


Advances in Robotics & Automation

Author(s): Hommet C, Mondon K, Camus V, De Toffol B, Constans T

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Abstract Epilepsy is a frequent condition in the elderly; however, it remains a relatively understudied condition in older adults with dementia. The diagnosis of a seizure is particularly difficult and is most often based on questions to the caregiver. Epilepsy in dementia has significant consequences on the prognosis of the underlying dementia: it can result in a worsening of cognitive performance, particularly in language, as well as a reduction in autonomy, a greater risk of injury and a higher mortality rate. In this review, management strategies are recommended for the clinician. The presence of pre-existing Alzheimer's disease does not exempt the clinician from ruling out other symptomatic causes of seizures. Anti-epileptic drugs (AED) should be started only after the diagnosis has been clearly established, when the risk of recurrence is high, and with monotherapy whenever possible. Although few data are available, the more recent AED offer significant advantages over the older medications in this context. (c) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel. This article was published in Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord and referenced in Advances in Robotics & Automation

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