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Epilepsy in Women

Cynthia Harden (Editor), Sanjeev V. Thomas (Editor), Torbjorn Tomson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-67267-9
228 pages
March 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Epilepsy requires careful management and monitoring through a woman’s life

Epilepsy is a complex disease. The hormonal changes women experience, both day-to-day menstrual fluctuations and the longer waxes and wanings of a reproductive lifetime, make the management of epilepsy even more complicated. At some point, the well-being of a second person, a fetus, might also have to be taken into account.

Epilepsy in Women
provides a detailed guide to this challenge. The wide-ranging approach encompasses all aspects of a woman’s life including:

  • Social and psychological impacts
  • The impact in reproductive life
  • Contraception
  • Pregnancy
  • Fetal health and long term developmental outcomes
  • Lactation
  • Menopause

Each practical chapter begins and ends with a case study that demonstrates the more general challenge. The authors develop themes to provide clinical guidance based on evidence and experience.

Written and edited by an international cast of experts, Epilepsy in Women provides crucial tips and recommendations for neurologists and gynecologists who need to be aware of the subtle effects of epilepsy on woman’s life.

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1 Gender difference in epidemiology and comorbidities of epilepsy
Ettore Beghi Massimiliano Beghi

2 The Social and Psychological Impacts of Epilepsy
Sanjeev. V. Thomas & Aparna Nair

3 The Menstrual Cycle Sex Hormones and Neuronal Excitability
Doodipala Samba Reddy

4 Catamenial epilepsy
Erik Taubøll, Line Sveberg Røste & Sigrid Svalheim

5 Impact of epilepsy and AEDs on reproductive health
Gerhard Luef

6 Contraception and epilepsy
Anne Davis & Kathleen Morrell

7 Diagnostic challenges with seizures in pregnancy
Sanjeev V. Thomas

8 Seizure control during pregnancy
Anne Sabers

9 Effect of pregnancy on AED kinetics
Peter Forgacs & Page Pennell

10 Fetal and maternal risks with seizures
Vilho Hiilesmaa & Kari Teramo

11 Obstetrical outcome and complications of pregnancy
Ingrid Borthen & Nils E. Gilhus

12 Mechanisms of teratogenic effects of AEDs
Lynsey E. Bruce, Ana M. Palacios, Bogdan J. Wlodarczyk & Richard H. Finnell

13 Major congenital malformations
Dina Battino & Torbjörn Tomson

14 Fetal AED syndromes
Usha Kini

15 Postnatal cognitive development
Evan Gedzelman & Kim Meador

16 Management of postpartum period and lactation
Autumn Klein

17 Management of epilepsy and pregnancy
Sanjeev V. Thomas, Torbjörn Tomson & Cynthia Harden

18 Perimenopause and Menopause
Cynthia Harden

19 Bone health
Alison Pack

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