Q&A With Carl Bazil, MD, PhD, FAAN of Columbia University: Diagnosing Epilepsy and Finding the Right Medication

Diagnosing patients with epilepsy can often be an involved process as doctors will likely not see the seizures their patients report suffering. Once a diagnosis is made finding the right treatment can also be a challenge as different patient groups will require different types and doses of a variety of medications.

Diagnosing patients with epilepsy can often be an involved process as doctors will likely not see the seizures their patients report suffering. Once a diagnosis is made finding the right treatment can also be a challenge as different patient groups will require different types and doses of a variety of medications.

Carl Bazil, MD, PhD, FAAN, from Columbia University discussed some of the challenges associated with diagnosing the disease during the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Washington DC. Bazil said the criteria for treating epilepsy is different for the youngest patients with the disease as well as the oldest working to manage their seizure.