Merritt-Putnam Symposium: Consequences of Epilepsy Through the Ages: When Is the Die Cast?
Program Length: 180 minutes
Epilepsy occurs throughout the lifetime with the behavioral and electroencephalographic features of the disorder heavily influenced by age. Likewise, the consequences of epilepsy are age-dependent. In this symposium we will review how maturational and aging changes in brain circuitry account for age-specific sequelae of epilepsy.
The symposium will begin with a review of developmental and aging changes in the brain that provide a biological framework for considerations of the consequences of seizures across the lifetime. The consequences of seizures through the lifespan, using both animal and human data, will follow. While many childhood epilepsies remit with age, many of the sequelae of childhood epilepsy continue into adults raising important issue about management. The outcome of the childhood epilepsies will be discussed and the topic of whether comorbidities associated with epilepsy are due to the underlying cause of the epilepsy or due to the seizures themselves will be reviewed. Just as developmental factors can influence outcome, the multidimensional process of physical and psychological change during aging which have a profound role in outcome of epilepsy will be discussed. Given this information about age-related morbidity with epilepsy, the symposium will conclude with a discussion of how intervention across the lifespan can improve outcome in patients.
- Understand how developmental changes in brain circuitry are related to age-related consequences of epilepsy
- Learn how the consequences of epilepsy vary as a function of age
- Understand the relationships between age, etiology and outcome in individuals with epilepsy
- Learn how age-specific interventions can improve outcome in individuals with epilepsy.
Basic / fundamentals, Intermediate (see page 101 for details)
Chair: Gregory L. Holmes, M.D.
Introduction and Overview
Gregory L. Holmes, M.D.
Brain and Seizures Throughout Life: Understanding a Moving Target
Tallie Z. Baram, M.D., Ph.D.
Transition from Pediatric to Adult Epilepsy Care: A Difficult Process Marked by Medical and Social Crisis
Peter R. Camfield, M.D., FRCP(C)
Neuropsychological Deficits in Childhood Epilepsy: Timing and Risk Factors
Philip S. Fastenau, Ph.D.
The Aged Brain: Causes and Consequences of Late-Onset Epilepsy
Kevin M. Kelly, M.D., Ph.D.
AED Treatment Through Different Ages: As Our Brains Change, Should Our Drug Choices Also?
Jacqueline A. French, M.D.
Gregory L. Holmes, M.D.