Annual Course: Inflammatory Issues and Infectious Causes of Epilepsy
Program Length: 510 minutes
The 2010 course is devoted to a comprehensive review of the inflammatory and infectious causes of epilepsy. The course will focus on epilepsy as a manifestation of specific inflammatory or infectious conditions, the pathophysiology of these conditions, the treatment of these conditions, and the treatment of epilepsy. Autoimmune diseases, though uncommon, are being increasingly recognized as a cause of seizures. In contrast, infections are common causes of epilepsy, particularly in lesser developed and tropical countries. The course faculty includes international experts in the field who will review the latest pertinent information. Educational formats include didactic lectures, debate format, panel discussions, and case presentations.
• Consider autoimmune causes of epilepsy when evaluating patients
• Undertake appropriate testing to define infectious causes of epilepsy in appropriate patients
• Use knowledge of pathophysiology and prognosis in developing a treatment plan for Rasmussen encephalitis
• Undertake evaluation to diagnose neurocysticercosis in patients with risk factors and, when diagnosed, undertake treatment based on current understanding of the pathophysiology of the disorder
• Identify patients at risk plan for both viral and tropical diseases causing epilepsy
• Use most current understanding regarding prognosis and potential long term consequences of febrile seizures in managing patients with febrile seizures
• Develop a treatment algorithm for status epilepticus.
Intermediate, Advanced (see page 101 for details)
Chair: Michael R. Sperling, M.D.
Vice-Chair: Joseph Sirven, M.D.
8:45 a.m Introduction Overview
Michael R. Sperling, M.D.
Lecture: Epilepsy and Inflammation in the Brain:
Overview and Pathophysiology
Annamaria Vezzani, Ph.D.
Lecture: Autoimmune Epilepsy
Sean Pittock, M.D.
Case Presentation: Patient With Adult-Onset Seizures
Enrique Serrano, M.D.
Panel Discussion: Screening and Treating Patients with Autoantibodies
Michael Sperling, M.D., Christian Bien, M.D., Sean Pittock, M.D.
Case Presentation: Rasmussen’s Encephalitis
Sudha Kessler, M.D.
Debate: Rasmussen’s Encephalitis and the Timing of Surgery
Adam Hartman, M.D., J. Helen Cross, M.D., Ph.D.
Lecture: Epilepsy Associated With Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
Orrin Devinsky, M.D.
Case Presentation: Patient with Encephalopathy and Seizures After Vaccination
Derek Chong, M.D.
Lecture: Vaccines and Seizures
Samuel F. Berkovic, M.D.
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Lecture: Febrile Seizures: The Role of Inflammation in Febrile Seizures and Its Relation to Epilepsy
Tallie Z. Baram, M.D., Ph.D.
Panel Discussion: Controversies in Febrile Seizures
Tallie Z. Baram, M.D., Ph.D, Shlomo Shinnar, M.D., Ph.D., William D. Gaillard, M.D.
Jorge G. Burneo, M.D., MSPH
Case Presentation: Patient With Neurocysticercosis
Katie Noe, M.D.
Panel Discussion: Controversies in Management of Neurocysticercosis
Joseph I. Sirven, M.D., Theodore Nash, M.D., Jorge G. Burneo, M.D., MSPH, Jose Cavazos, M.D., Ph.D.
Lecture: Epilepsy Caused by Tropical Diseases
Theodore Nash, M.D.
Lecture: Epilepsy and Viral Infections
William H. Theodore, M.D.
Panel Discussion: Management of Status Epilepticus in the Setting of Encephalitis
Michael R. Sperling, M.D., Daniel H. Lowenstein, M.D., Elizabeth J. Waterhouse, M.D., Matthew Walker, M.D.
Michael Sperling, M.D.
End of Course