Epilepsy in old age.

[Epilepsy in old age]. Nervenarzt. 2020 Mar 06;: Authors: Siebenbrodt K, Strzelczyk A, Rosenow F Abstract In an aging society, epilepsy in old age will become a more and more relevant disease. The diagnosis is often difficult because of the frequent occurrence of focal seizures in old age, which are easily overlooked. The diagnosis is often delayed, particularly in older patients who, for example also suffer from dementia. The causes of the epilepsy can be manifold in the aging brain. Another challenge for neurologists is the medicinal treatment of geriatric epilepsy, as many anticonvulsive drugs can be associated with serious side effects and interactions. The evidence for the effectiveness and tolerability of anticonvulsive drugs in old age is insufficient, so that the choice of drugs must be made on an individual basis. Status epilepticus is a neurological emergency, which occurs not only more frequently in older than in younger persons but is also associated with a higher mortality, so that immediate diagnosis and adequate treatment is necessary. PMID: 32144451 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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