Description & Objectives

Description & Objectives

Target Audience

This symposium is intended for general neurologists, mid-level providers, neurology residents and fellows, subspecialists in clinical epilepsy (adult and pediatric), neurosurgeons and neuro-critical care unit (NCCU) staff.

Needs Assessment

Uncontrolled or mismanaged epilepsy can be devastating and can severely affect the personal and professional aspects of an individual’s life. Health-care professionals who treat patients with epilepsy are faced with a rapidly changing field, and they may not be aware that epilepsy is managed differently in different patient populations. Successful treatment of epilepsy patients requires complex strategies. Continuous advances in technology require that clinicians in the field receive frequent updates on research findings and treatment options in order to provide the most informed and evidence-based care for patients. This course will provide attendees with new information about advances in clinical epilepsy and neurophysiology for diagnosing and treating a variety of epilepsy patients. Participants will also receive updates on new research findings to provide the most informed and evidence-based care for patients.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Outline the differential diagnosis of epilepsy and non-epilepsy, describe the presentation of psychogenic seizures not due to epilepsy and discuss the causes of and treatments for psychogenic seizures
  • Review the definitions and functions of the circadian timing system, discuss the actions of the circadian timing system on epileptic seizures and describe perturbations of the circadian timing system induced by seizures and the epileptic lesion
  • Identify how older patients differ from younger patients with epilepsy, list how diagnosis of seizures in older adults varies from younger seizure patients and use an algorithm for best treatment approaches
  • Discuss things patients with epilepsy should consider before conception, discuss the choice of antiepileptic drug for pregnancy and describe the physiologic changes during pregnancy that will impact the management of epilepsy
  • List the roles of the staff nurse in the epilepsy monitoring unit; describe the role of the staff nurse in regard to seizure observation, rescue medication management, safety and patient/family education; and discuss how the neuroscience nurse caring for the patient in the epilepsy monitoring unit may optimally contribute to the multidisciplinary epilepsy team and patient outcomes
  • Briefly review recent research on inflammation and epilepsy including aspirin and statin medications and discuss new ideas on complex patient management, particularly in post-stroke or vascular origin epilepsy
  • Describe the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of Tuberous Sclerosis and review the management of Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Outline the Institute of Medicine (IOM) process, list the main findings of epilepsy in the United States and review the main IOM recommendations regarding epilepsy
  • Describe the indications, methods and results for cortical mapping
  • Discuss the use of subcortical electrology to study brain functions and describe the correlation between Functional MRI and ECoG findings
  • Review the benefits and risks of standard epilepsy surgery, discuss the use of radiosurgery on epileptic lesions, discuss current data on the use of radiosurgery in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy and outline mechanisms of the anticonvulsant effects of focal radiation
  • Review the current and upcoming therapies for epilepsy which employ stimulation, list the indications for neuromodulation in patients with epilepsy and describe the risks and limitations in treating epilepsy patients with stimulation
  • Describe how impending movements can be predicted based on neural activity in the human frontal lobe and review the distribution of neurons with mirror properties in the human brain

Descriptions & Objectives
CME Credit
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Walk-in registration will be available at the conference.

June 14, 2013
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7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Swedish/Cherry Hill
Swedish Education
and Conference Center


Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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