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Non-epileptic attack disorder: the importance of diagnosis and treatment

Dickson, Jon Mark, Peacock, Marian, Grünewald, Richard A, Howlett, Stephanie, Bissell, Paul and Reuber, Markus (2017) Non-epileptic attack disorder: the importance of diagnosis and treatment. BMJ Case Reports. ISSN 1757-790X

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A 50-year-old woman was taken to hospital by emergency ambulance during her first seizure. She was admitted to hospital, treated with intravenous diazepam, diagnosed with epilepsy and started on antiepileptic drug (AED) therapy. This was ineffective so she was referred to a tertiary centre where she underwent video EEG and was diagnosed with non-epileptic attack disorder. Her experience of the diagnosis was positive; it allowed her to understand what was happening to her and to understand the link between her seizures, adverse childhood experiences and the death of her mother. She stopped taking AEDs and she was referred to a psychologist which led to a significant improvement in her functioning and quality of life. We present this case as a good example of the benefits of accurate diagnosis, clear explanation and access to specialist care

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 13:52
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:05


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