The American College of Neurology (ACNM) is recommending that patients with epilepsy be referred to a neurologist for evaluation and treatment.
“Epilepsy is an ongoing disorder that affects approximately 5 million Americans,” according to the statement from ACNM, which oversees the profession.
“There is no single-cause or cure for epilepsy.”
The organization is not advocating for a single treatment or drug, but rather recommending that people with epilepsy undergo a thorough evaluation, treatment, research, and monitoring before deciding whether they should seek treatment.
The ACNM also encourages patients to keep in mind that epilepsy is treatable and that the symptoms will fade over time.
“While it is not a cure, it does provide a better prognosis than many other diseases,” the ACNM said.
“The most important thing is to remain symptom-free and to remain in contact with a family member, friend, or provider for support.”
While the ACNM is not recommending that epilepsy be prescribed to treat other conditions, it is urging patients to contact a family doctor or neurologist as soon as possible for a thorough assessment and treatment plan.
The statement also notes that epilepsy has an array of possible causes, including genetic, environmental, or neurodevelopmental.