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BETTING, Luiz Eduardo et al. Treatment of epilepsy: consensus of the Brazilian specialists. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2003, vol.61, n.4, pp.1045-1070. ISSN 0004-282X.

Epilepsy is a frequent condition in the world. Recently a study in Brazil showed prevalence of 18/1000 inhabitants in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo State. In the last decade, new therapeutic options were discovered or developed. The main therapeutic decision method is based on randomized clinical trials. This method represents the higher level of evidence. However, even these studies have limitations and in some cases the treatment of choice remains controversial. In these instances, the epilepsy experts' opinions become helpful. In 2001 a similar study had been conducted in USA. The aim of this study is to create guidelines for epilepsy treatment based on the opinion of the Brazilian experts. These guidelines can be used to create manuals and strategies for the treatment of some epileptic syndromes according to Brazilian experts. As compared to the North-American guidelines our study better reflects the resources available in our country.

Keywords : epilepsy; treatment; antiepileptic drugs; seizures.

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