Case Study on Epilepsy

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The purpose of Case Study: Epilepsy is to provide an understanding of the basic principles involved in the drug treatment of epilepsy, including factors to consider in the initiation and assessment of AED therapy. On 29th January 2014 around 2.15 am, there is a patient admitted in ward 7 (Medical) from A&E Department due to epilepsy. Basically, epilepsy is group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. Nurses play an important role in managing patients with Epilepsy. From teaching patients about how to modify their risk factors, administering various medications, and providing pre- and post- care to patients undergoing epileptic action, nurses are in an important position to improve the outcomes of patients experiencing it.
Patient C is a male and Malay, 21 years of age, with a history of seizures since birth. He is otherwise in good health. His current diagnosis is temporal lobe epilepsy. Patient C experiences focal seizures (“complex partial” and focal seizures that evolve bilaterally). He states the he is aware that a seizure is going to occur because he has a very brief “strange sensation”. This sensation is his aura. After the aura, the patient cannot recall any other events until the postictal period. During the postictal period, patient C is fatigued and confused and often experiences headaches. Witnesses have noticed a typical pattern to patient C’s seizures. First, he becomes very quiet and blank. He’ll not communicate or respond to other individuals. He experiences vocalizations and yell in a very loud voice, “Ya Allah”. During the vocalizations, patient C will experience automatisms that include pulling at her clothing. Usually, the seizure ends after approximately 60 seconds, and he regains consciousness within several minutes. At other times, the seizure will evolve, and he’ll…...

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