ILAE Classification of the Epilepsies (2017)
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Classification of the Epilepsies has been updated to reflect our gain in understanding of the epilepsies and their underlying mechanisms following the major scientific advances that have taken place since the last ratified classification in 1989.
It presents three levels, starting with seizure type, where it assumes that the patient is having epileptic seizures as defined by the new 2017 ILAE Seizure Classification. After diagnosis of the seizure type, the next step is diagnosis of epilepsy type, including focal epilepsy, generalized epilepsy, combined generalized, and focal epilepsy, and also an unknown epilepsy group. The third level is that of epilepsy syndrome, where a specific syndromic diagnosis can be made. The new classification incorporates etiology along each stage, emphasizing the need to consider etiology at each step of diagnosis, as it often carries significant treatment implications. Read more
Classification of the Epilepsies (2017): Scheffer et al. Position paper of the ILAE Commission for Classification and Terminology
Commentary: A new classification is born (2017). Sameer M. Zuberi and Emilio Perucca
Classification of the Epilepsies (2017). PowerPoint Presentation on the 2017 Classification of the Epilepsies
Translations of the Classification of the Epilepsies (2017)
Norwegian translation: Ny epilepsiklassifikasjon
Portuguese (Portugal): Relatório da Comissão de Classificação e Terminologia
Portuguese (Brazil): Classificação da ILAE das epilepsias
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