Saturday, April 23, 2011

treatment of photosensitive seizures

Take Home Points
• Light-induced seizures are not uncommon.
• Most patient with epilepsy can safely watch
television or play video games (using easy
preventive measures in those who are lightsensitive).
• Blue sunglasses can be very effective (and
documented with EEG & photic stimulation).
• Valproate & levetiracetam are the two most
effective treatments currently available, and the
drug selection for a given epilepsy syndrome
should consider if photosensitivity is present.
• Follow-up EEG with photic stimulation is helpful to
access the patient's response to treatment.

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