Epilepsies (adult)

Current Care Summary
Working group set up by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Neurological Society
31.1.2014

Current Care Guideline «Epilepsiat (aikuiset)»1 and Summary «Epilepsiat (aikuiset)»2 in Finnish

First epileptic seizure is an indication for an urgent referral to a neurology care unit. Diagnosis of epilepsy is based on medical history and clinical examination, supplemented with MRI, EEG and laboratory tests. Exact diagnosis of the epilepsy type and etiology are the basis of the treatment. Patient education improves outcomes. The goal is complete long-term seizure control without significant adverse effects. Antiepileptic medication is usually initiated after the second epileptic seizure. If the patient does not respond to two appropriate drug schedules, patient should be evaluated for surgical treatment options.

Reetta Kälviäinen

Hanna Ansakorpi

Sanna Flander

Arto Immonen

Tapani Keränen

Juho Kivistö

Jukka Peltola