Epilepsy in Women

  • ID: 2251824
  • Book
  • 228 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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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Preface, vii

Contributors, ix

1 Gender Difference in Epidemiology and Comorbidities of Epilepsy, 1Ettore Beghi and Massimiliano Beghi

2 The Social and Psychological Impacts of Epilepsy, 11Sanjeev V. Thomas and Aparna Nair

3 Neurosteroid influences on neuronal excitability: The menstrual cycle and catamenial epilepsy as dynamic models, 23Doodipala Samba Reddy

4 Catamenial Epilepsy, 41Erik Taubøll, Line S. Røste and Sigrid Svalheim

5 Impact of Epilepsy and AEDs on Reproductive Health, 53Gerhard Luef

6 Contraception and Epilepsy, 64Anne R. Davis and Kathleen M. Morrell

7 Diagnostic Challenges with Seizures in Pregnancy, 75Sanjeev V. Thomas

8 Seizure Control During Pregnancy, 91Anne Sabers

9 Effect of Pregnancy on AED Kinetics, 101Peter B. Forgacs and Page B. Pennell

10 Fetal and Maternal Risks with Seizures, 115Vilho K. Hiilesmaa and Kari A. Teramo

11 Obstetrical Outcome and Complications of Pregnancy, 128Ingrid Borthen and Nils Erik Gilhus

12 Mechanisms of Teratogenic Effects of AEDs, 136Lynsey E. Bruce, Ana M. Palacios, Bogdan J. Wlodarczyk and Richard H. Finnell

13 Major Congenital Malformations in Offspring of Women with Epilepsy, 148Dina Battino and Torbjörn Tomson

14 Fetal AED Syndromes, 164Usha Kini

15 Postnatal Cognitive Development, 170Evan R. Gedzelman and Kimford J. Meador

16 M anagement of the Postpartum Period and Lactation, 184Autumn M. Klein

17 M anagement of Epilepsy and Pregnancy, 196Sanjeev V. Thomas, Torbjörn Tomson and Cynthia L. Harden

18 Perimenopause and Menopause, 200Cynthia L. Harden

19 Bone Health, 205Alison M. Pack

Index, 211

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