Epilepsy

Monica Ferrer Socorro & Jacqueline French, AES 2021: Delayed Diagnosis in Childhood- vs. Adult-Onset Focal Epilepsy

Published Online: December 20th 2021

It was a great pleasure to meet with both Dr Monica Ferrer Socorro (NYU Langone Health, New York City, NY, USA) and Prof. Jacqueline French (NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York City, NY, USA) to discuss a retrospective analysis investigating focal epilepsy, its clinical presentation in adolescents, highlighting disproportionate delay to diagnosis experienced by individuals with focal non-motor seizures as compared to focal motor seizures, and compared to childhood-onset vs. adult-onset focal epilepsy.

The abstract entitled: ‘Longer Delays to Diagnosis Observed in Childhood- vs. Adult-Onset Focal Epilepsy: An Evaluation of the Clinical Characteristics Predictive of Diagnostic Delays’, was presented at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) Annual Meeting, 3-7 December 2021.

Questions:

  1. Could you tell us a little about focal epilepsy and its clinical presentation in adolescents?
  2. What are the essential features of nonmotor seizures?
  3. What were the aims and design of the study you are presenting at AES?
  4. What were the findings in terms of time to diagnosis and onset of motor symptoms?
  5. What are the consequences of delayed diagnosis?

Disclosures: Monica Socorro and Jacqueline French have nothing to disclose in relation to this video interview.

Support: Interview and filming supported by Touch Medical Media. Interview conducted by Katey Gabrysch

Filmed as a highlight of AES, 2021

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