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[Classification of seizures and epilepsies].

Review article
Authors Johan Zelano
Tommy Stödberg
Torbjörn Tomson
Published in Lakartidningen
Volume 115
ISSN 1652-7518
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Language sv
Keywords Epilepsy, classification, Humans, International Agencies, Seizures, classification, Societies, Medical, Sweden
Subject categories Neurology


In 2017 the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) published position papers outlining new classifications of seizures and epilepsies. The aims of the new documents are to encompass advances in the field, provide a conceptual framework for future developments, and facilitate communication. In practice, the terminology is somewhat revised. For seizures the terms "partial" and "simple/complex" are replaced by "focal" and "aware/impaired awareness". The classification of a patient's epilepsy is based on seizures types (e.g. focal or generalized) as well as aetiology (e.g. structural, immune-mediated, genetic) and epilepsy syndrome. The present article describes the Swedish translation, endorsed by the Swedish Epilepsy Society.

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