Advancements in the treatment of epilepsy

Annu Rev Med. 2008:59:503-23. doi: 10.1146/


Diagnostic tools and treatment options for epilepsy have expanded in recent years. Imaging techniques once confined to research laboratories are now routinely used for clinical purposes. Medications that were unavailable a few years ago are now first-line agents. Patients with refractory seizures push for earlier surgical intervention, consider treatment with medical devices, and actively seek nonpharmacologic alternatives. We review some of these recent advances in the management of epilepsy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Electroencephalography
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy*
  • Humans


  • Anticonvulsants