Risk of recurrence after drug withdrawal in childhood epilepsy


Olmez A., Arslan U. , Turanli G., AYSÜN S.

SEIZURE-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EPILEPSY, vol.18, no.4, pp.251-256, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.seizure.2008.10.011
  • Title of Journal : SEIZURE-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EPILEPSY
  • Page Numbers: pp.251-256

Abstract

Objectives: After a reasonable seizure-free period, discontinuation of antiepileptic drugs (AED) is usually decided in epileptic patients despite the risk of seizure recurrence. In children, risk of recurrence after discontinuation of AED is generally 20-40%; however, there is still no general agreement on the criteria to predict safe discontinuation. This study was designed to determine the risk of recurrence and related risk factors after drug withdrawal in epileptic children.