Epilepsy versus non-epileptic attack disorder: A diagnostic and therapeutic challenge


Epilepsy and non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD) share a vast number of clinical features, however the aetiology and management are very different. Video-EEG is the gold standard diagnostic tool and relies on the occurrence of seizure activity during assessment to make a diagnosis. Added complexity arises from the co-existence of epilepsy and NEAD, occurring in a significant proportion of patients. Comprehensive assessment and investigation is therefore required to prevent gross mistreatment in this diagnostically difficult subgroup. We present a case of NEAD with co-existing epilepsy and the challenges that this may present in clinical practice.

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Smith, C. and Ramtahal, J. (2013) Epilepsy versus non-epileptic attack disorder: A diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, 2, 1-4. doi: 10.4236/crcm.2013.21001.

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