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In the first episode of TSC Now in 2023, host Dan Klein recognizes International Epilepsy Day (February 13, 2023) and Seizure Action Plan Awareness Week (February 13-20, 2023) by learning about seizure clusters, which are episodes of frequent seizure activity that are distinct from a person’s usual seizure pattern. Seizure clusters may also be called acute repetitive seizures, serial seizures, crescendo seizures or seizure flurries and in every case they are an emergency that often require rescue medication, calling for emergency response or both.
Dan is joined by James Wheless, MD, (01:33) Director of the Neuroscience Institute and Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Co-Director of the TSC Center of Excellence at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and Professor and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Wheless describes what seizure clusters are, why they are a medical emergency and how new rescue medications can provide peace of mind to people who suffer from seizure clusters. He also discusses the importance of creating a seizure action plan and how to best implement and refine that plan to make sure it is working. Finally, he emphasizes the importance for parents to meet with their neurologist as soon as they notice irregular seizure activity and to not hesitate to use rescue medication when their loved one experiences an irregular change in the frequency or severity of their seizures.
Resources and Links
- Learn more about International Epilepsy Day: https://internationalepilepsyday.org/
- Learn more about Seizure Action Plans and Seizure Action Plan Awareness Week: https://seizureactionplans.org/
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