What’s Plan B? For the dog with refractory seizures

15 Nov 2019
RVC Clinical Theatre 3
Plan B

Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in cats and dogs. Although the majority of affected animals will demonstrate a decreased seizure frequency after initiation of anti-epileptic drug therapy, these drugs will not have the desired effect in a proportion of your patients. During this lecture we will discuss the most common reasons for an ineffective response to anti-epileptic drug therapy. Before making a diagnosis of medication resistant epilepsy, it is important to go back to the drawing board and critically evaluate the diagnosis, type of drug and drug dosage for your individual patient. If these factors have been addresses correctly, a diagnosis of medication resistant epilepsy can be considered. We will discuss how this diagnosis is reached, what this means for your client and which therapeutic options could be further considered.

  • •Become familiar with the most common reasons for unsuccessful epilepsy treatment
  • •Learn how to critically evaluate your treatment plan before considering a diagnosis of medication resistant epilepsy
  • •Understand the concept of medication resistant epilepsy and the consequences for your client
Steven De Decker, Associate Professor Neurology and Neurosurgery - Royal Veterinary College

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