C32 - Treatments for Drug-resistant Epilepsy: Surgery, Devices, and Other Updates

Event Time: Sunday April 22, 2018 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Topic(s): Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG)
Director(s): Ellen Bubrick MD
Description: Epilepsy is a common neurologic disorder, and up to a third of patients suffer from drug-resistant disease. This course will define this patient population using the most current classification system, and then focus on available treatment options including surgical resection, devices, and other non-pharmacologic approaches. The discussion of surgery will be broken down into indications for resection with and without invasive monitoring, intracranial monitoring techniques (e.g., subdural electrodes vs. stereo EEG), and the use of laser ablation. The devices section will cover good candidates for vagal nerve stimulators as well as when to consider responsive neuro-stimulation, and current data on the latter. Other available treatments, including data on diet therapies and cannabinoids, will briefly be discussed.
Completion Message: Participants should be able to identify patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, become familiar with current treatment options for this patient population, and know when to refer these patients for surgery or other treatment options.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice

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