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Epileptologist

Origin of the Field: – Field of epileptology established early 20th century – William P. Spratling credited as first epileptologist – Term “epileptologist” coined in […]

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Origin of the Field:
– Field of epileptology established early 20th century
– William P. Spratling credited as first epileptologist
– Term “epileptologist” coined in 1904

Training and Expertise:
– Training involves neurology or pediatric neurology residency
– Followed by fellowship in clinical neurophysiology or epilepsy
– Accredited fellowships focus on EEG, surgical planning, and clinical epilepsy treatment
– American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology offers subspecialty certifications in epilepsy
– Epileptologists consulted when seizures persist despite treatment by regular physician

Specialization Areas:
– Epileptologists specialize in epilepsy treatment
– Expertise in epileptic seizures, seizure disorders, anticonvulsants
– Specialize in cases where all seizure treatments fail
– Specialize in poorly controlled epilepsy in pregnant women
– Some specialize in treating epilepsy in children

References:
– Wilner, A.N. (2008). Epilepsy 199 Answers: A Doctor Responds To His Patients Questions. Demos Medical Publishing.
– Devinsky, O. (2008). Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide. Demos Medical Publishing, LLC.
– Schachter, S.C.; Schomer, D.L. (1997). The Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment of Epilepsy: A Practical Guide. Elsevier Science.
– Lüders, H.; Comair, Y.G. (2001). Epilepsy Surgery. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
– Gumnit, R.J. (1995). Your Child and Epilepsy. Demos Medical Publishing LLC.

Role and Consultation:
– Epileptologists specialize in treatment of epilepsy
– Consulted when seizures persist despite prior treatment
– Expertise includes special situations like poorly controlled epilepsy in pregnant women
– Not always required for treatment of all seizure disorders
– Training involves residency in neurology or pediatric neurology, followed by fellowship in epilepsy

Epileptologist (Wikipedia)

An epileptologist is a neurologist who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy. Epileptologists are experts in epileptic seizures and seizure disorders, anticonvulsants, and special situations involving seizures, such as cases in which all treatment intended to stop seizures has failed and epilepsy (especially poorly controlled epilepsy) in pregnant women. Some epileptologists specialize in treatment of epilepsy in children.

The training required for expertise in epilepsy generally involves a residency in neurology or pediatric neurology followed by a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology or epilepsy. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology first held subspecialty certifications in epilepsy after a vote in 2010 with ACGME-accredited fellowships appearing in the mid-2010s. Accredited fellowships are one year in duration and focus on training in EEG, surgical planning, and the clinical treatment of epilepsy.

An epileptologist is not necessary for the treatment of all seizure disorders, and is generally only consulted if seizures do not stop, despite treatment from a regular physician or neurologist.

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