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Canfeld systems diode laser with an 830-nm wavelength to image epi- are designed to produce consistently positioned before- dermal and dermal structures. In practice, this allows and-after images by using chin and forehead rests as accurate characterization of pigmented and nonpig- well as a guide light. The applications in aesthetic medicine including the evalu- near histologic resolution of refectance confocal ation of outcomes following skin rejuvenation with microscopy also identifes features associated with lasers [17, 18]. In aesthetic newer product produced by Quantifcare, 3D Lifeviz medicine, skin-targeted ultrasound represents a non- M icro, is a portable system for the visualization and invasive means of imaging pores, surface irregulari- measurement of wrinkles, scars, and roughness in ties, and age-related dermal changes [13]. This technology provides no infor- associated with photoaging, such as a subepidermal mation on melanin or hemoglobin. The contour of the cap- the Antera 3D skin imaging system (M iravex, Dublin, tured area is visualized by selecting the Contour tab Ireland) uses a hand-held, portable camera and soft- and fltering for small, medium, or large wrinkles ware with complex algorithms to convert light refected (Fig. The roughness of skin or size of individual from the skin’s surface into digital images that display wrinkles and folds is measured using clickable tools topography, hemoglobin, and melanin (Fig. The imaging serves to highlight the capture refected light independent of surrounding nature and extent of skin surface and pigment irregu- lighting conditions (Fig. A directional light tool allows light and shadows to be changed and manipulated A matching tool incorporated into the Antera 3D 7. Improvement in facial redness, roughness, and Skin imaging technologies have become more sophisti- melanin homogeneity is measured following resur- cated in recent years. M ultiphoton microscopy has facing, collagen stimulating, and laser vascular emerged as a sophisticated method of imaging the therapies (Fig. Using the report tool, compari- detailed morphology of epithelial and dermal structures sons between images are presented in a graphic [19]. This an area for quantitative evaluation, matching before-and-after highlights superfcial rhytids and skin texture as well as pores and images, creating a report, and saving an image acne scarring. By analyzing the wavelengths of light refected from measuring changes with serial imaging guides treatment the skin’s surface using detailed algorithmic software, programs and helps determine the effcacy of different quantitative information on surface and subsurface procedures and different technologies. By measuring the topography of patients with quantitative reports that illustrate the the skin, melanin distribution and content, and extent of benefcial effects of treatments encourages them to hemoglobin, a plan of targeted skin rejuvenation can be continue with maintenance programs that improve implemented with defnite goals in mind. Saijo Y, Kobayashi K, Okada N, Hozumi N, Hagiwara Y, sapiens) facial attractiveness in relation to skin texture and Tanaka A, Iwamoto T (2008) High frequency ultrasound color. J Comp Psychol 115(1):92–99 imaging of surface and subsurface structures of fngerprints. Lacarrubba F, Tedeschi A, Nardone B, M icali G (2008) Cosmet Laser Ther 11(2):78–84 M esotherapy for skin rejuvenation: assessment of the sub- 3. Stefanowska J, Zakowiecki D, Cal K (2010) M agnetic reso- 21(suppl 3):S1–5 nance imaging of the skin. J Drugs Dermatol 6(11):1141–1148 melanin content using cross-polarized diffuse refectance 16. Lasers Surg M ed 34(2):174–181 factor and cytokine skin cream for facial skin rejuvenation 7. Dermatol Surg 35(6):929–932 Spectrophotometric intracutaneous analysis: a new tech- 18. Br J Dermatol clinical changes associated with Polaris W R treatment of 146(3):448–457 facial wrinkles. Hatzis J (2004) the wrinkle and its measurement— a skin cal utility of a hand-held computerized optical imaging surface proflometric method. Ulrich M , Rüter C, Astner S, Sterry W , Lange-Asschenfeldt 9(2):103–107 B, Stockfeth E, Röwert-Huber J (2009) Comparison of Cosmeceutical Treatment 8 of the Aging Face Jennifer Linder and dyschromias. The increased consumer interest in skin health and the primary cause of cutaneous aging is a result of appearance combined with a confusing and expansive matrix degradation, which presents as sagging, laxity, cosmetic marketplace has led patients to seek educated rhytids, atrophy, and enlarged pores. To pies are usually designed to protect the existing matrix effectively and ethically deliver on this patient expec- with sunscreens, antioxidants, and matrix metallopro- tation, physicians must understand the intricacies of teinase inhibitors (M M Pi) while triggering new matrix the skin’s aging process and be aware of the topical production with collagen-building ingredients like ingredients currently available, their mechanisms of retinoids, vitamin C, and peptides. Clinically proven topical feature of aging skin is textural variances, which pres- therapies can work to correct many of the visible signs ent as dryness, dehydration, and coarsening of the skin. The dyschromias typically seen as a result of aging can be effectively addressed with the use of 8. All of these presentations of of Visible Aging aging and their possible treatments must be considered when evaluating a patient and making specifc recom- Structural breakdown of the skin occurs as a result of mendations for skin care. M M P peroxynitrite, superoxide anions, peroxide, triplet enzymes, such as collagenase, elastase and hyaluroni- oxygen, and singlet oxygen. An increase of M M P-1 dase are responsible for the natural recycling and destroy- causes collagen fbrils to cleave. These degenerated collagen fbrils are re-stabilized small amount of these enzymes are necessary for healthy through the formation of intermolecular crosslinks [1]. The expression of M M P is develop indistinct outlines and a smaller diameter with increased with as little as 0. Over time, the effects of gravity certainly play a readily as in young skin [16], making wrinkling a com- role [5], yet loss of facial volume [6, 7] as a result mon visible presentation of aging skin. Superfcial of the resorption of facial bones [8] and the atrophy of rhytids begin to form due to this slowing of collagen adipose tissue [9], compounded by the degradation of production [17]. This deeper wrinkling is primarily a result of overexposure to well-organized framework develops a decreased func- extrinsic factors. Sun-protected dermal skin typi- linking of collagen has been well-demonstrated, as is cally decreases in thickness by about 20% after 80 years the escalated degeneration of collagen and elastic fbers of age. Sun-exposed skin, in contrast, thins signifcantly due to an increase in elastase and collagenase expres- earlier [10, 11]. As mentioned, the 8 Cosmeceutical Treatment of the Aging Face 71 age-dependent drop in estrogen levels during peri- 8. This dermal atrophy contributes sub- their individual advantages and disadvantages will stantially to visible facial aging. Age-related degenera- allow a physician to make more informed recommen- tion of the epidermis includes: enlarged corneocyte dations regarding the use of sunscreens. Sunscreens surface area, fattening and reduced adherence of the can have either chemical or physical ingredients or a keratinocytes, and an overall slowing of cell turnover combination of both. For this reason, a broad-spectrum sunscreen should include one Another common visible characteristic of aged skin is of the following: avobenzone, ecamsule, zinc oxide, or enlarged pores. A blend of multiple ingredients is degenerated collagen and elastin network providing typically necessary to provide “ideal” sunscreen pro- reduced support to the follicle walls [28].

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In contrast cheap 100mg penegra visa mens health total body workout, many non-re- ing hippocampus and amygdala untouched could result in sei- sponders exhibited very high seizure frequencies purchase 100mg penegra prostate xtandi. As in the structures of the mesial temporal lobe are involved in generating clinical situation [21] effective 50mg penegra mens health 9 week plan, although high seizure frequency is a reliable or maintaining drug resistance is that the results of seizure free- predictor of pharmacoresistance [20], it is clearly not the only de- dom afer surgery can only be fully attributed to surgery if no pre- terminant of pharmacoresistance. Rogawski [19] mentioned other viously drug-resistant patients become seizure-free without surgery measures of epilepsy severity, such as the extent of structural lesions [27,29]. In a Furthermore, disease-related mechanisms of drug resistance study from Bonn, Germany, the seizure outcome of drug-resistant can change in the course of the epilepsy. Both groups seizure-free having relapsed and 10% had never been seizure-free received medical treatment. In a prospective, long-term, population-based study of 144 seizure-free in the last year of follow-up, as many as 24% of patients patients followed for a median of 40 years since their frst seizure became seizure-free without undergoing surgery, just with a change before the age of 16 years, 19% of patients were drug resistant from of medical regimen [31]. In addition, a number of clinical observa- the start to the end of follow-up, while a further 14% relapsed afer tions have reported that around 20% of formerly drug-resistant pa- remission and became drug resistant, indicating a worsening course tients with partial epilepsy, including patients ineligible for surgery, of epilepsy [22]. On the other hand, 32% of patients became sei- become seizure-free without surgery through a change of medical zure-free afer a median of 9 years of unsuccessful treatment and regimen [32,33,34]. Tese fndings have important implications in the search for This longitudinal study provided incontrovertible evidence that structural brain alterations associated with drug resistance. Tere is preliminary evidence from its underlying mechanisms must have changed over time. Seizures functional imaging [35,36] and from transcranial magnetic stimu- have been postulated to be, among other non-seizure-related fac- lation for changes in the contralateral hemisphere afer successful tors, involved in the generation of drug resistance. Extended changes in excitability and tion is supported by the observation that seizure clusters, defned in functional imaging afer surgery may be related to widespread as three or more seizures in 24 hours, occurring ofen as long as functional impairment in patients with partial epilepsy and sup- 15 years afer starting drug treatment, increased the risk of having port the existence of network changes beyond the resected area drug-resistant epilepsy by a factor of three compared with those in patients undergoing temporal lobe surgery. The network hypothesis of drug resistance afer surgery is based on the existence of non-resected limbic or extralimbic seizure-gen- Structural brain alterations and/or network changes erators lef behind during surgery. In experimental models of epilepsy tered in neocortical neurons from the same patients, and only half this has been called ‘rewiring the brain’ [42]. Indeed, loss of neurons in the hilus of the dentate gyrus, which macoresistant patients, whereas recovery was markedly slowed in is closely associated with development of granule cell disinhibition cells from carbamazepine-responsive patients [50]. The response to prolonged covery from inactivation of Na+ channels of hippocampal granule daily administration of phenobarbital at maximum tolerable doses neurons were signifcantly reduced, although not as pronounced as in epileptic rats of this model can be divided into two categories: a observed with carbamazepine, substantiating the concept that re- responder subgroup with control of seizures and a non-responder duced pharmacosensitivity of Na+ channels may contribute to the subgroup without any signifcant reduction in seizure frequency. This progressive development of pharmacore- correlated with profound alterations in receptor function and phar- sistance during a sustained status epilepticus is paralleled by alter- macology [57,58,59]. Tey found that: tumours, infectious diseases and several brain disorders[70,71,73]. Furthermore, P-gp is ex- sistant epileptic cases but not in drug-sensitive patients or postmor- pressed by tissues with excretory function (small intestine, liver and tem controls. Terefore the development of strategies for bypass- illary endothelial cells, astroglia and neurons following seizures (cf. This could explain that one of the major of inhibitors for the transporters has become an imperative for the predictors of drug resistance is high seizure frequency (or density) pharmaceutical industry [75]. Following the report by necessarily be restricted to the brain, but could also occur in other Tishler et al. If drug resistance is due to such processes, it should be pos- Mdr1 knockout mice were also used to demonstrate P-gp transport sible to demonstrate that the inhibition or avoidance of the of carbamazepine [85] and topiramate [86]. By using a rat microdi- resistance-mediating mechanism counteracts drug resistance in ep- alysis model with microdialysis probes in both brain hemispheres ilepsy. However, have an increased expression of P-gp in focal epileptiogenic brain subsequent data from our group demonstrated species diferenc- tissue. The only could be demonstrated with rodent but not human P-gp in an in exception was levetiracetam which was as efcacious in both re- vitro transport assay [87]. For this purpose, we used epileptic modify such assays in a way that allows evaluating active transport rats that were either responsive or resistant to phenobarbital [99]. A similar clinical tially identifed as substrates of human Pgp by our group, oxcarba- efect of verapamil was reported by Iannetti et al. However, zepine, eslicarbazepine acetate and the carbamazepine metabolite such anecdotes are weak evidence. Tus, clinical trials with more carbamazepine-10,11-epoxide are transported by human P-gp. One major reason for inconsistent data on this pol- develops to some drug efects much more rapidly than to others. Because of diverse confounding 2 have appropriate functionality; factors, detecting tolerance in patients with epilepsy is more dif- 3 be active in drug resistance (and not be an epiphenomenon); and cult but can be achieved with careful assessment of decline during 4 drug resistance should be afected when the mechanism is over- long-term individual patient response. We resistance in epilepsy did not include tolerance as a resistance mechanism in Table 7. For data on the hypotheses see the present and previous reviews [1,4,10,19,47,71]. New avenues for antiepileptic both mechanisms of refractoriness may coexist in the same epilep- drug discovery and development. N Engl J Med 2000; with epilepsy may be a consequence of the disease, the treatment, 342: 314–319. Quantifying the response to antiepileptic drugs: efect of past genetic factors or combinations of these possibilities. Long-term seizure outcomes following epi- pocampal sclerosis or cortical dysplasia) and beyond may be in- lepsy surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Epi- severity and long-term progressive changes in neural networks dur- lepsy Behav 2008; 12: 501–539. Clinical aspects and biological bases of drug-resistant ep- ing development and progression of epilepsy may lead to reduced ilepsies. As outlined in this chapter, there are several other poten- and relapse in pediatric epilepsy: application of a Markov process. Epilepsy Res tial mechanisms, including tolerance, contributing to pharmacore- 2004; 60: 31–40. Intrinsic severity as a determinant of antiepileptic improved treatment of drug-refractory epilepsy is now and will be drug refractoriness. High seizure frequency prior to antiepileptic treatment is a predictor of pharmacoresistant epilepsy in a rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy. Pharmacoresistance and the role of surgery in difcult to treat neocortical resections for epilepsy. Is incident drug-resistance of childhood-onset epilepsy lepsy Society and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. How efective is surgery to cure seizures in drug-resistant in the discovery and development of new antiepileptic drugs. A randomized, controlled trial of sur- with altered ‘epileptic’ gamma-aminobutyric acid A receptors in dentate granule gery for temporal-lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy-associated plasticity in gamma-aminobutyric acid receptor sessment of the long-term efects of epilepsy surgery with three diferent reference expression, function, and inhibitory synaptic properties. On the origin of in- gical candidates with medically refractory localization-related epilepsy. Selective alterations in zure remission in an adult population with refractory epilepsy. Status epilepticus increases the intracellular accu- tive in medial temporal lobe epilepsy?

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Fires may be started by light- tory disorders about their disease, its management includ- ers, cigarettes, stoves, or even cell phones. Chronic supplemental oxygen is rarely, if ever, required nutritionists, and social workers. Heliox reduces the sensation of worse survival, increased risk of respiratory-related hospi- breathlessness and hospitalization rates while increasing talization, lower self-reported health status, and greater peak expiratory ow rates, and it may decrease the work of systemic in ammation. Studies evaluating the e ect of pulmonary reha- Improved understanding of the underlying respiratory 59 bilitation on physical activity show inconsistent e ects. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire, mean di erence Questionnaire—dyspnea, fatigue, emotional function, and –3. In addition, when compared tation improved both maximal and functional exertional with patients who were referred to pulmonary rehabilita- capacity. At least two controlled trials have evaluated the e ects of exercise training in patients with asthma. A er 3 months, the training group expe- • Use of inhaled corticosteroids for at least 4 weeks rienced improvements in physical limitations, symptom frequency, psychological score, and anxiety and depres- Prophylactic treatments sion levels, and had more days with no asthma symptoms. Turner and coworkers103 evaluated 35 mast cell stabilizers > anticholinergics individuals with xed-airway obstructive asthma who were Preventative measures randomized to either supervised-exercise training or usual • Thorough pre-exercise warm-up care for 6 weeks. Continuous treatment with both short- and long-acting β2-agonist bron- or nocturnal oxygen therapy in hypoxemic chronic chodilators e ectively and safely prevents exercise-induced obstructive lung disease: A clinical trial. Exertional desatura- Additionally, asthma self-management education var- tion in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary ies with the age of asthma onset. Effect of been taught what to do during an asthma attack, but only long-term oxygen therapy on survival in patients with 28. Patient-reported asthma chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with moderate self-management education declines as the age of asthma hypoxaemia. Characteristics exchange function is well preserved maintaining nor- and survival of patients prescribed long-term oxy- mal oxygenation. However, during asthma exacerbations, gen therapy outside of prescription guidelines. Training with supplemental oxygen in gen therapy in hypoxic chronic bronchitis (abstract). Summary of a report of the royal triggered thermal burns in the presence college of physicians. Home Domiciliary oxygen cylinders: Indications, prescription oxygen therapy: Adjunct or risk factor. A pragmatic assessment of the diagnosis and management of asthma— the placement of oxygen when given for exercise Summary report 2007. Effects of breathing supplemental oxygen driven β2-agonists nebulization for children and before progressive exercise in patients with adults with acute asthma: A systematic review chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Bodies in motion: helium-oxygen mixture in adult patients presenting Monitoring daily activity and exercise with motion with exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive sensors in people with chronic pulmonary disease. Semin Respir detect brisk walking in patients with chronic obstruc- Crit Care Med. Optimizing rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive disease. An official with mild symptoms: A systematic review with meta- European respiratory society statement on physical analyses. Int J Chron Obstruct Physical activity, exercise, and physical fitness: Pulmon Dis. Veterans factors and asthma quality of life: A population based with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease study. Physiologic mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary dis- and nonphysiologic determinants of aerobic tness ease: A population-based cohort study. Effects community-based pulmonary rehabilitation for of aerobic training on psychosocial morbidity and individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary symptoms in patients with asthma: A randomized disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Impact of ing in older adults with moderate/severe persistent asthma control on sleep, attendance at work, normal asthma. Age at Evidence for prescribing exercise as therapy in 26 asthma onset and asthma self-management educa- different chronic diseases. For patients unwilling to make a quit attempt at this time: provide interventions designed to increase motivation for future quit attempts. 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Counselling and information provision Counselling should be ofered for chronic patients discount penegra express androgen hormone yeast, as for all pa- tients cheap penegra online mens health xtreme, on the topics listed in Table 11 buy generic penegra androgen hormone used to detect. Tose with chronic active References epilepsy, however, have additional problems: fears about the risks 1. London: Macmillan, and its efects on employment, self-esteem, relationships, schooling 1907. J Neurol Neurosurg were demonstrated in a large survey of 1652 persons on treatment Psychiatry 1984; 47: 1157–1165. Intractable Epilepsy: these could be ameliorated by appropriate counselling and these Experimental and Clinical Aspects. The treatment of chronic epilepsy: a review of recent studies of clinical verity of epilepsy. Department of Health and Social Security, the Department of Education and Sci- Patterns of relapse and remission in people with refractory epilepsy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, tients who respond to add-on therapy with levetiracetam. Can drug regimen changes prevent seizures in patients with apparently Pharmacol 2006; 61: 246–255. The course of childhood-onset epilepsy over the frst two dec- comes in epilepsy surgery: antiepileptic drugs, mortality, cognitive and psychoso- ades: a prospective, longitudinal study. Temporal lobectomy: long-term seizure outcome, late recurrence and risks for Behav 2014; 31: 228–342. International League gery, patterns of seizure remission, and relapse: a cohort study. For instance, it remains unclear arial analysis, by 2 years afer randomization, 22% of patients in the to what extent patients with a signifcant period without seizures continued therapy group had relapse of seizure(s), compared with are now ‘cured’ (i. In the slow withdrawal group, 48% of on treatment) of the condition, or the epilepsy is only controlled seizures occurred during the tapering phase (Figure 12. If some are indeed ‘cured’ it is difcult to The study was limited by its open-label design, and hence full determine whether this is due to the treatment they received, or compliance with the randomized policies was not attained and simply refects the natural history of the condition (‘spontaneous’ complete discontinuation was achieved in only 73% of patients in remission) [6]. In addition, there was substantial self-selection with 776 both seizures and continuing treatment for the individual patients. The omized to either gradual withdrawal of medication (over 3 months) discussion focuses on drug withdrawal for patients who have be- or non-withdrawal. Of all recurrences, 80% occur within the frst year and 90% within the frst 2 years. However, these studies likely sufered from signifcant selection bias and might have underesti- 0 mated (or overestimated in some cases) the relapse rates, many were 0 6 small scale and retrospective and all but one were uncontrolled. The ac- tual relapse rates observed appear to be heavily infuenced by the characteristics of the populations included. Seven controlled trials, including 924 Number at risk: Observation time (months) randomized children, were reviewed. For every 10 Withdrawal ( )72 71 65 62 60 54 53 53 53 52 50 45 44 children who are withdrawn later, one seizure relapse is prevented Figure 12. Tere was a trend that early with- randomized to non-withdrawal and withdrawal in the study period (12 drawal was associated with greater risk of relapse in children with months) and open follow-up (all patients of medication). The results of Dutch study of epilepsy in child- hood fully support these fndings with 23. The rapid ta- study, children fulflling the criteria for ‘typical absence’ had seizure per group (tapering over 6 weeks) recruited 81 participants and the remission rate of 95% versus 77% for the non-typical absence group, slow taper group (9 months) included 68 participants. Previous studies have also shown that al- nosis, and relapse is rare when medications are stopped [14]. In a meta-analysis of 13 cohorts with 794 pa- treatment afer becoming seizure-free remained in remission [26]. Although the sample sizes were small, these recent data suggest that relapse afer Table 12. The former are also about 50% more likely to relapse if medication is stopped than the latter, according • Short duration of seizure freedom prior to drug withdrawal to a meta-analysis of non-randomized studies [9]. Learning disabil- • Age above 16 years ity, at least in children, may be a stronger predictor of relapse than • Epilepsy with onset in adolescence or adulthood motor impairments or other neurological disorders that are not as- • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy sociated with impairment of cognitive function [28]. This was proba- • History of multiple seizure types bly related to the limited availability of sophisticated neuroimaging • History of primary or secondarily generalized tonic–clonic techniques at the time the study was conducted in the early 1980s. Most studies indicate that these the results of such analyses could be conficting. The duration of epilepsy and the duration of treatment ever, as severe epilepsy syndromes are ofen characterized by multi- are clearly correlated. In both children [28] and Most studies fnd a favourable prognosis in epilepsy with onset in adults [7] a previously failed attempt to stop treatment has not been childhood, which is probably due to the occurrence of many be- found to be independently associated with an increased risk of re- nign epilepsy syndromes in this age group. Studies including both lapse, although the power of these studies to detect an efect is poor, childhood- and adolescent-onset epilepsy usually fnd a substan- given that many patients might be reluctant to undertake a second tially increased risk of relapse in those with adolescent onset. Adult-onset epilepsy, on the other hand, is about 30% who become seizure-free do not seem to have a higher risk of re- more likely to relapse than childhood-onset epilepsy [9]. The temporal pattern of seizure recurrence continuation period has also been suggested as a separate prognostic was similar in the barbiturate group and the other groups. This fnding has been replicated in the more recent Akershus form abnormalities and slowing had almost a 100% risk of relapse. Other recent retrospective uncontrolled Probability of seizure recurrence By 1 year By 2 years studies in adults [40,41,42] and children [43] have not shown sub- On continued treatment 1–0. More recently, results of the TimeToStop study were published On slow withdrawal of treatment 1–0. This retrospective European multicentre cohort study D, duration of seizure-free period (years); T, total score; Z, exponentiate T/100 included 766 patients aged under 18 years, who underwent sur- (Z = eT/100). However, frm drawal in patients treated medically, there is a dearth of informa- conclusions cannot be drawn from these mostly retrospective, tion about the pharmacological management in postsurgical sei- non-randomized, open and ofen uncontrolled studies due to likely zure-free patients. Of these, one the underlying neuropathology, may also have negative efects on died only a few weeks afer withdrawal and one died 4 years afer neuropsychological functioning [50]. For some patients, the responsibility of remembering to Seizure relapse can induce much anxiety and afect self-esteem take medication on time and obtaining repeat prescriptions is an in the patient who might have considered himself or herself ‘cured’ unwanted source of stress. For many patients, continued therapy, afer an initial period of seizure freedom while of medication. Seizure relapse may have social consequences such as im- not only from recurrent seizures, but also from a diagnostic label pact on employment and driving. However, measuring these a daytime seizure for a certain length of time will qualify for rein- improvements may be logistically difcult from a research stand- statement of a driving licence, and seizure relapse may lead to loss of point. Terefore, an individualized ated with non-signifcant improvements in the sense of well-being, approach is needed to assess the potential impact of relapse based on self-esteem, and perceived stigma, although remaining seizure-free, the patient’s preference, occupation, living conditions and support. The authors suggested that the Seizure control after relapse double-blinded design of the study excluded one known positive Evidence from previous studies showed the majority of patients efect of being of medication, namely not having to take drugs reg- who relapse afer medication is stopped will regain acceptable con- ularly, and that fear of seizure relapse due to patients being blinded trol when treatment is reintroduced.

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