Epilepsy is a common problem for older adults, and has a greater impact in older people compared to younger populations. This module describes key differences between the causes and presentation of epilepsy in older versus younger people, as well as special considerations for prescribing antiseizure drugs for older people. This two-hour activity contains a online learning module as well as a patient review exercise involving preparation of a GP Management Plan for a patient.
Dr Michelle Kiley outlines the aetiology and classification of status epilepticus, a condition involving abnormally prolonged seizues, and provides guidance on its identification, possible complications and management.
Dr Athanasios Gaitatzis discusses some key aspects of epilepsy management in women in general practice. Issues surrounding preconception, counselling, pregnancy and breastfeeding are outlined with discussion of seizure control and antiepileptic drugs.
Epilepsy is an episodic, sometimes unpredictable condition that can often impair consciousness. Any medical condition that impairs a person’s capacity to drive has to be notified to the state or territory’s vehicle licensing body.