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Epilepsy And Seizure Disorders

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

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No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Epileptic seizures are caused by a part of the brain called a seizure focus that sends out erratic and uncoordinated electrical signals and a seizure occurs in response. Epilepsy is not considered to be a curable disease. However, it is a disease that can be managed. Although epilepsy is incurable, many people who have the disease are indistinguishable from those who do not have epilepsy. In the first year after someone has been diagnosed with epilepsy, approximately half of all patients will be free of seizures using only one anti-convulsant medication and there is a good chance that the epileptic patient will become seizure free. The longer someone is free of seizures the more optimistic the outlook.

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Course Syllabus

  • Statistics and Causes of Seizures
  • Structure and Organization of the Nervous System
  • Tonic-Clonic Seizure
  • Signs and Symptoms of an Epileptic Seizure
  • Epileptic Seizure Risk Factors
  • Treatments for Epilepsy
  • Prognosis for a Patient with Epilepsy
  • Emergency Treatment for a Tonic-Clonic Seizure

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most common cause of seizures.
  • Identify the three stages of an epileptic seizure.
  • Identify the correct name for the signs/symptoms that immediately precede a seizure.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of a seizure.
  • Identify the three basic treatments for epilepsy.


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