Epilepsy Care

The ILAE provides resources useful to medical personnel, persons with epilepsy and caregivers in relation to diagnosing and caring for persons with epilepsy.

Definition & Classification of Epilepsy

Definition of Epilepsy, Classification of Epilepsies and of Seizures

Guidelines & Reports

Current practice guidelines, reports, and position papers on Management, Pediatric/Obstetric, AEDs, Diagnosis, and other topics


ILAE's cutting-edge online diagnostic manual of the epilepsies

Ketogenic Diet Center

Ketogenic diet center, information and resources regarding the ketogenic diet, a high fat, low carbohydrate treatment for epilepsy

Other information has been organized according to the following topics:

First seizure

Many questions arise after a first seizure. What caused it? Should treatment be started? Is it epilepsy?

Status epilepticus

In status epilepticus seizures appear in close succession or don’t stop. It is a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention.

Febrile seizures

Infants and young children can have seizures as a result of high fever. These are not epileptic seizures but they require medical attention.

Drug-resistant epilepsy

Seizures are usually easily controlled with medications, but in some persons, seizures may continue. For these patients there are other possible treatments.

Non-epileptic seizures

Some people have seizures but do not have epilepsy. These seizures have different causes and treatments.

Seizures in infants

Infants have seizures that are different than the seizures of older children and adults. These seizures can be more difficult to recognize and may require treatment specialized for infants.

Childhood epilepsy

Some types of epilepsy occur only in children. How are these epilepsies recognized and treated?

Epilepsy surgery

For people whose seizures do not respond to medicines brain surgery may help bring the seizures under control. How does a person with uncontrolled seizures find out if surgery might be helpful?

Epilepsy and pregnancy

What are the things a woman with epilepsy should prepare for before conceiving and during pregnancy?

SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy)

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is a rare occurrence in which a person with epilepsy dies without a clear cause. Much research is now taking place on what could cause it and how it could be prevented.

Epilepsy and genetics