Who Will Develop Drug-Resistant Epilepsy?

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Anti-seizure medications are the first line of therapy for people with epilepsy. However, about 1 in 3 people with epilepsy have seizures that are not controlled by drugs.

When someone has drug-resistant epilepsy, they should be referred for other treatment options that may help to manage their seizures - such as seizure surgery or diet therapy. However, it often takes many years for epilepsy to be recognized as drug-resistant, meaning that people may have seizures for many years before they are referred for other therapies.

Dr. Jorge Burneo and his team in London, Ontario are using advanced brain imaging, such as 7T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to take a closer look at the brains of people with newly diagnosed epilepsy and find markers that may predict whether they will develop drug-resistant epilepsy in the future. Dr. Burneo and his team are currently enrolling adult patients into this study.

The goals of this study are to see whether earlier recognition of drug-resistant epilepsy will help patients receive faster, more appropriate clinical care, and ultimately a greater chance of being seizure free.

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