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This atlas is likely one of the such a lot finished compilations of obtainable assets for epilepsy ever tried, offering an illustrative presentation of knowledge at the present prestige of epilepsy companies and care on hand from one hundred sixty international locations overlaying 97.5% of the area population.The info make sure what pros within the box of epilepsy have recognized for a very long time - that epilepsy care is grossly insufficient in comparison with the wishes in such a lot international locations. by way of epilepsy care, so much nations are constructing international locations .
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Today, as a result of continuing improvement in presurgical diagnostic technology, as well as microsurgical techniques, epilepsy surgery is a safe and effective alternative treatment for a wide variety of epileptic conditions that are not adequately treated by AEDs. Because surgical treatment is presently the only therapy that can actually cure epilepsy, and because complete elimination of epileptic seizures can prevent or reverse the severe psychological and social consequences of epilepsy, as well as developmental delay in some childhood epilepsy conditions, its timely application offers the potential to rescue people with epilepsy from a lifetime of disability.
In addition to seizure control, patients with epilepsy have a range of psychosocial needs that may require attention. Despite the shared concerns of patients and doctors, the quality of care and therapeutic outcome may differ across countries because of variations in medical systems. The Commission of European Affairs of ILAE has deﬁned standards for appropriate care (54), which have not yet been met by many European countries (55). The situation in many developing countries is likely to be even less satisfactory.
Almost half of the high-income countries also have less than one hospital bed for epilepsy care per 100 000 population. Limitations ◆ In many countries beds are not earmarked for patients with epilepsy. Beds occupied by people with epilepsy are part of the pool for neurology, neuropsychiatry, internal medicine, geriatrics, paediatrics or general beds, so they may not have been reported. ◆ In many countries, patients with status epilepticus are managed on beds allocated to internal medicine, emergency services or intensive care units, so these may not have been reported.
Atlas: Epilepsy Care in the World 2005 by World Health Organization