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Canine and feline epilepsy: diagnosis and management.

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The authors of this 591-paged book collaborated in order to provide information on multiple aspects of canine and feline seizures and epilepsy such as pathophysiology, classification, aetiologies and differential diagnoses, epidemiology, diagnostic investigations and emergency and maintenance treatment. Mechanism of action, metabolism and pharmacokinetics, pharmacokinetic interactions and adverse ...


Chapter 25 (Page no: 537)

Novel and adjunctive treatments.

This chapter reviews some of the adjunct, sometimes termed alternative, treatments which are being attempted in both humans and dogs and cats. These include some treatments that have undergone testing in controlled trials such as vagus nerve stimulation, some treatments that we are just starting to understand although they have been around for almost a century (e.g. dietary therapy) and others that have not received much attention. In some patients, which remain uncontrolled by antiepileptic medication, the use of these less conventional approaches may offer more than just hope. The theoretical benefits of these approaches, which include vagus nerve stimulation, dietary therapy, acupuncture as well as homeopathy, and the clinical information on their use where available is presented. However, there is very limited information available on the use of any of these therapies in veterinary medicine and so caution needs to be taken in interpretation of the human literature or translation of the potential benefit seen in experimental animal models.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Pathophysiology of seizure activity. Author(s): Platt, S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 28) Pathophysiology of pharmacoresistant epilepsy. Author(s): Volk, H. A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 39) Classification of seizures and epilepsies. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 54) Reactive seizures. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 101) Structural epilepsy. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 207) Idiopathic epilepsy and genetics. Author(s): Platt, S. Risio, L. de
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 219) Epidemiology of canine seizures. Author(s): Platt, S.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 235) Epidemiology of feline seizures. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 244) Mimics of seizure activity: disorders confused with epilepsy. Author(s): Platt, S.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 274) Clinical and diagnostic investigation of the seizure patient. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 325) Introduction to electroencephalography. Author(s): James, F.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 347) Principles of anti-epileptic treatment. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 374) Phenobarbital. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 397) Bromide. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 414) Zonisamide. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 425) Levetiracetam. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 439) Gabapentin and pregabalin. Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 453) Felbamate. Author(s): Platt, S.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 458) Topiramate. Author(s): Platt, S.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 463) The new additions: lacosamide, brivaracetam and rufinamide. Author(s): Platt, S.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 476) Benzodiazepines. Author(s): Platt, S.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 496) Imepitoin (Pexion®). Author(s): Risio, L. de
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 503) Pathophysiology and management of cluster seizures. Author(s): Platt, S.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 519) Pathophysiology and management of status epilepticus. Author(s): Platt, S.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery Service, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2014
  • ISBN
  • 9781780641096
  • Record Number
  • 20143333704