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10. Who Requires Treatment for Seizures?

The decision to treat children for seizures has to be a responsible serious decision based on the statistical risk for further seizures. Treatment is generally continued for two (2) years after the last seizure.

In those who've had one (1) seizure event, have normal development, a normal neurological examination, and a normal EEG and MRI, the risk for further seizures is about 25% for the next four (4) years. In this situation, no treatment will be initiated. If any of the above turn out to show an abnormality indicating an increased seizure risk or if a second seizure has occurred, treatment with anticonvulsant medications will be started for two (2) years.

During treatment blood tests for liver functions, blood counts must be obtained on regular intervals.

Other topics in the Seizure section:
Main Seizures Page
What is a Seizure? | What is Epilepsy?
Different Types of Seizures | Febrile Seizures
Seizure Precautions | What to do During a Seizure?
Possible Causes for Seizures
What Evaluation is Needed for a First Seizure?
What Other Conditions May Look Like Seizures?
Who Requires Treatment for Seizures?
Anti-Epileptic Medications
How Long Does Treatment for Epilepsy Last?
Managing Seizures with Medications
Side Effects of the Anti-Convulsant Medications
Why Should Seizures Be Treated? | The Ketogenic Diet
Vagal Nerve Stimulation | Epilepsy Surgery
Links/Associations Related to Seizures/Epilepsy

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