Prevalence of sleep disorders in epilepsy patients and effects of treatment on these disorders on epilepsy
Prevalence of sleep disorders in epilepsy patients and effect of treatment on these disorders on epilepsy
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Background and objectives
The aims of the study are to determine the prevalence of sleepdisorders in patients with epilepsy in a tertiairy clinic (SEIN) and in normal neurological practice, differentiated in prevalence in adults and in children and to assess the effect of therapy for the sleep disorder on the epilepsy of that patient.
In line with a similar study by de Weerd et al. in 2004, a questionnaire study was done in children with epilepsy who are under the care of the child neurologists of SEIN. All data have been gathered in the course of 2010 and in 2011. The data are presently analyzed for preparation of a paper.A review of the relevant literature was accepted for publication.
2011 was a successful start of the project. In 2012 the questionnaire studies will be extended to secondary neurological clinics and a start will be made for measuring sleep (polysomnography) in selected patients and for the study on the effect of therapy for the sleep disorder on the severity of the epilepsy.