C80 - Epileptologists’ Secrets for the Busy General Neurologist: Localization, Imaging, and Fear of Surgery

Event Time: Monday May 6, 2019 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Topic(s): Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG)
Director(s): Carol Ulloa MD
Description: This program will provide general neurologists some of the most important practical concepts that allow epileptologists to give patients more precise epilepsy diagnoses, find the etiology of the epilepsy, assess candidacy for surgical treatment options, and understand the risk of potential cognitive decline after epilepsy surgery. We will explore barriers and misconceptions within these topics, with the goal of improving the care and outcomes for patients with epilepsy. The program will first feature a general neurologist who will highlight the challenges neurologists often face when diagnosing and treating patients with epilepsy and drug resistant epilepsy. Using seizure videos, we will provide pearls on obtaining an epilepsy history that will optimize time in the clinic. In turn, this will help localize the seizure focus, guide diagnosis-specific treatments, and improve outcomes. Using a case-based approach, faculty will give the epileptologists perspective of frequently missed MRI abnormalities that, when found, provide an etiology and are often amenable to surgical treatment. Finally, we will address concerns about cognitive decline following epilepsy surgery, misconceptions about eligibility, and how non-invasive tests such as functional MRI help plan safe surgeries.
Completion Message: General neurologists/attendees will give more specific epilepsy diagnoses and avoid non-specific terms such as "seizure disorder", recognize the limitations of MRIs performed and interpreted at places outside of a comprehensive epilepsy center, understand the data on cognitive outcomes after epilepsy surgery, and learn when to refer to an epilepsy specialist.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement

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