John Libbey Eurotext

Epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases in adults: a clinical review Volume 8, supplément 1, Supplement 1, April 2006

EFSN, Département de Neurologie, University of Grenoble Hospital, France

Neurodegenerative disorders in adults are progressively recognized as one of the major causes of epilepsy. Improved health care, resulting in increased longevity, will unavoidably lead to an increase of epilepsy cases in the elderly. For example, in Alzheimer’s disease, almost 10% of the patients present with seizures, eventually necessitating an antiepileptic treatment. We review available data on epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of the epilepsies when associated with major neurodegenerative disorders. Controlled, prospective studies are lacking.