Epilepsy in Childhood and Adolescence

3rd Edition

By Richard Appleton, John Gibbs

© 2003 – CRC Press

160 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

About the Book

The third edition of a benchmark reference, Epilepsy in Childhood and Adolescence has been completely updated to include information on the latest pharmacological, alternative, and surgical treatments for epilepsy in children and adolescents. Presenting the information in a convenient tabular format, the book reviews the impact of epilepsy that develops in childhood. After defining what is and what is not a seizure, the authors guide you through the classification of seizures encountered at different stages of maturation.

The book provides several chapters on seizures in the neonatal period, febrile seizures, and the management of status epilepticus. It covers the pharmacology of antiepileptic drugs and their rational selection for use in specific epileptic syndromes and medically intractable epilepsy and guidelines for evaluating patients who would benefit from other forms of therapy including epilepsy surgery. The authors highlight the transition from childhood to adulthood and the impact this has on the management of the disease. Drawing on personal experience, they explore a practical approach to the diagnosis of the various causes of epilepsy, medical and surgical management, and when to refer the patient to an epilepsy specialist or clinic.


"In my opinion, this book is the most useful text now available covering the field of childhood and adolescent epilepsy. It is quite readable and the entire text can be covered in a little over two hours."

--Donald F. Farrell, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, for Doody's Review

Table of Contents


Classification of Epilepsies

Aetiology of Epilepsy

Genetics of Epilepsy

Neonatal Seizures

Febrile Seizures

Epilepsy in Adolescence

Investigation of Epilepsy

Drug Treatment of Epilepsy

Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy

Alternative Treatments of Epilepsy

Status Epilepticus

The Impact of Epilepsy

Epilepsy Clinics

Appendix 1. Key Points on Childhood Epilepsy

Appendix 2. Useful Addresses


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Neurology
MEDICAL / Pediatrics