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Diagnosis and management of epilepsy in adults


Epilepsy is a common neurological condition affecting people of all ages. In Scotland there are 54,000 people with active epilepsy and there will be between 2,000 and 3,500 new diagnoses each year.

Remit and target users

The guideline makes evidence-based recommendations covering all aspects of diagnosis and management of adults with epilepsy including a completely revised section on epilepsy and women’s health and new sections covering psychiatric comorbidity, sleep, and mortality (including sudden unexpected death in epilepsy). It also provides information for discussion with people with epilepsy and their carers.

This guideline will be of interest to general practitioners, practice nurses, epilepsy specialist nurses, general physicians, emergency department specialists, neurologists, obstetricians, clinical neuropsychologists and psychiatrists.

How this guideline was developed

This guideline was developed using a standard methodology based on a systematic review of the evidence. Further details can be found in SIGN 50: A Guideline Developer’s Handbook.

Keeping up to date

This guideline was issued in 2015 and will be considered for review in three years. The review history, and any updates to the guideline in the interim period, will be noted in the review report.

If you are aware of any new evidence that would update this guideline please complete a change request form  and return to:

Current < 3 years

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