An epileptologist is an adult or pediatric neurologist who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy. Epileptologists are experts in epileptic seizures and seizure disorders, anticonvulsants, and special situations involving seizures, such as cases in which all treatment intended to stop seizures has failed and epilepsy (especially poorly controlled epilepsy) in pregnant women. Some epileptologists specialize in treatment of epilepsy in children.
The training required for expertise in epilepsy generally involves a residency in neurology or pediatric neurology followed by a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology or epilepsy. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology first held subspecialty certifications in epilepsy after a vote in 2010 with ACGME-accredited fellowships appearing in the mid 2010s. Accredited fellowships are one year in duration and focus on training in EEG, surgical planning, and the clinical treatment of epilepsy.
An epileptologist is not necessary for the treatment of all seizure disorders, and is generally only consulted if seizures do not stop, despite treatment from a regular physician or neurologist.
Origin of the field
- Wilner, A.N. (2008). Epilepsy 199 Answers: A Doctor Responds To His Patients Questions. Demos Medical Publishing. ISBN 9781932603354.
- Devinsky, O. (2008). Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide. Demos Medical Publishing, LLC. ISBN 9781934559918.
- Schachter, S.C.; Schomer, D.L. (1997). The Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment of Epilepsy: A Practical Guide. Elsevier Science. ISBN 9780080529462.
- Lüders, H.; Comair, Y.G. (2001). Epilepsy Surgery. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9780781714426.
- Gumnit, R.J. (1995). Your Child and Epilepsy. Demos Medical Publishing LLC. ISBN 9780939957767.
- Chillemi, S. (2005). Live Learn, and Be Happy with Epilepsy. Lulu Enterprises Incorporated. ISBN 9781411630086.
- Media related to Epileptologists at Wikimedia Commons