Medical comorbidities in the treatment of epilepsy

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Abstract

The treatment of epilepsy extends far beyond seizure control. Many comorbidities have a significant impact on the medical management and quality of life of patients with epilepsy. In this review, we examine interactions between epilepsy and some common medical conditions. Psychiatric disorders with a high prevalence in epilepsy include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychosis. Depression is common, psychosis occurs both in direct relation to seizures and interictally, and suicide rates are increased. Changes in sexual function and reduced fertility and marriage rates are described, including a discussion of polycystic ovary syndrome, which is increased in women with epilepsy. The effects of other chronic medical comorbid conditions are reviewed, including the effects of antiepileptic medications on bone health and the impact of renal insufficiency on pharmacological therapy of epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume4
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Oct 2003

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Comorbidity
Epilepsy
Psychotic Disorders
Seizures
Therapeutics
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Birth Rate
Anxiety Disorders
Marriage
Mood Disorders
Anticonvulsants
Suicide
Renal Insufficiency
Psychiatry
Quality of Life
Pharmacology
Depression
Bone and Bones
Health

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular
  • Comorbidity
  • Epilepsy
  • Medical
  • Psychiatric
  • Reproduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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Medical comorbidities in the treatment of epilepsy. / Boro, Alexis D.; Haut, Sheryl R.

In: Epilepsy and Behavior, Vol. 4, No. SUPPL. 2, 10.2003.

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