Epilepsy and Pregnancy: For Healthy Pregnancies and Happy Outcomes. John Paul Leach on behalf of the Multispecialty UK Epilepsy Mortality Group

Between 2009 and 2012 there were 26 epilepsy-related deaths in the UK of women who were pregnant or in the first post-partum year. The number of pregnancy-related deaths in women with epilepsy (WWE) has been increasing. Expert assessment suggests that most epilepsy-related deaths in pregnancy were preventable and attributable to poor seizure control. While prevention of seizures during pregnancy is important, a balance must be struck between seizure control and the teratogenic potential of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs).

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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy as a spectrum disorder: A focused review

Since the first, impressively comprehensive description by Janz and Christian [1] juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) has appeared as a well-shaped disease entity. The name-giving seizure type, indispensable for the diagnosis, was single or arrhythmic bilateral, predominantly brachial myoclonus, that could be combined with generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS), mostly in the awakening phase, and absences [2]. Traditionally, JME is considered an idiopathic generalized epilepsy [2]. However, this concept is not accepted any more, but being replaced by a view focusing on ...

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