Progressing Paediatrics: Childhood epilepsies

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About the course

The epilepsies of childhood are an enigma. They are the most frequently over-diagnosed but paradoxically, also under-diagnosed group of paroxysmal neurological disorders. Their investigation and treatment have become more complicated and challenging; this reflects major advances in neuro-imaging and molecular genetics, choice of medication and earlier treatment with surgery and dietary manipulation. Finally, the holistic and personalised management of children with an epilepsy is often fragmented and poorly-organised.

The course will be delivered by clinicians with extensive experience and passion about the paediatric epilepsies, including service development and delivery.

Learning aims, objectives and outcomes 
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • discuss the importance of seizure recognition and the current seizure and syndrome classifications
  • identify the appropriate use of investigations in the epilepsies (EEG / MRI / genetic analyses)
  • discuss treatment choices including medication, surgery and the ketogenic diet
  • apply NICE quality standard statements to epilepsy management and the comprehensive care of the epilepsies
  • demonstrate insight into the challenges arising from the management of complex epilepsies of childhood
  • outline the importance of appropriate referral pathways to tertiary epilepsy centres for medical and surgical treatment options.

General and Community Paediatricians, Paediatric Trainees, Epilepsy Specialist Nurses and AHPs (allied health professionals) involved in the care of children with seizures and epilepsies.

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