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Clinical Review

Classification of the Epilepsies: Time for a Change?

A Critical Review of the International Classification of the Epilepsies and Epileptic Syndromes (ICEES) and Its Usefulness in Clinical Practice and Epidemiological Studies of Epilepsy

Everitt A.D. · Sander J.W.A.S.

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Epilepsy Research Group, Institute of Neurology, London, UK

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Eur Neurol 1999;42:1–10

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First-Page Preview
Abstract of Clinical Review

Published online: July 06, 1999
Issue release date: July 1999

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0014-3022 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9913 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/ENE

Abstract

The Commission on Classification and Terminology of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) first devised a comprehensive classification for the epilepsies and epileptic syndromes nearly 30 years ago. Despite subsequent revisions, the classification remains too complicated to be of utility in clinical practice and epidemiological research. Recent developments in neuro-imaging and neurogenetics have also contributed to the limited usefulness of the current International Classification of the Epilepsies and Epileptic Syndromes (ICEES). This review examines the evolution, advantages, and notable disadvantages of the ICEES and assesses its previous application in several population-based studies of epilepsy. The important need for a new, simplified, and aetiologically orientated classification which is amenable to use outside of the tertiary epilepsy centre is discussed.


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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Clinical Review

Published online: July 06, 1999
Issue release date: July 1999

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0014-3022 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9913 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/ENE


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