Paroxysmal events in the patient with brain tumor-related epilepsy are most often seizures, but they can sometimes be other, similar-appearing events that are not associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The differential diagnosis is extensive and includes cardiogenic and noncardiogenic syncope, as well as numerous other diagnoses, such as hyperventilation, cerebrovascular disease, medication side effects, neurodegenerative disorders, migraine headaches, toxic and metabolic disturbances, psychiatric disorders, movement disorders, and many others. The work-up can be extensive but may include a cardiological evaluation, neurological evaluation, toxic and metabolic assessment, neuroimaging, EEG, and, in selected cases, extended monitoring in the inpatient setting. Active treatment of the tumor, including surgical resection, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy, can have a positive impact on brain tumor-related epilepsy and reduce seizure frequency, however.
|Title of host publication||Epilepsy and Brain Tumors|
|Number of pages||16|
|ISBN (Print)||9780124171268, 9780124170438|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 4 2015|
- Brain tumor-related epilepsy
- Differential diagnosis
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