N88 Epilepsy (ICD-10:G40.9)

January 19, 2024

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Introduction

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. It affects people of all ages and can have a significant impact on their quality of life. The aim of this guide is to provide healthcare professionals with a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of epilepsy.

Codes

– ICPC-2 Code: N88 Epilepsy
– ICD-10 Code: G40.9 Epilepsy, unspecified

Symptoms

  • Seizures: Epilepsy is defined by the occurrence of recurrent seizures. Seizures can vary in type and severity, including generalized tonic-clonic seizures, absence seizures, focal seizures, and myoclonic seizures.
  • Aura: Some individuals may experience an aura before a seizure, which can manifest as a strange sensation, smell, or visual disturbance.
  • Loss of consciousness: Seizures can cause a temporary loss of consciousness, leading to falls or accidents.
  • Muscle spasms: During a seizure, individuals may experience muscle spasms or jerking movements.
  • Confusion or disorientation: After a seizure, individuals may feel confused or disoriented for a period of time.

Causes

  • Genetic factors: Some cases of epilepsy have a genetic basis, with certain gene mutations increasing the risk of developing the condition.
  • Brain injury: Traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, and infections such as meningitis or encephalitis can all increase the risk of epilepsy.
  • Developmental disorders: Conditions such as autism spectrum disorder or neurofibromatosis can be associated with epilepsy.
  • Prenatal factors: Exposure to certain substances or infections during pregnancy can increase the risk of epilepsy in the child.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather a detailed medical history, including information about the patient’s seizures, their frequency, duration, and any triggers.
  • Identify any risk factors for epilepsy, such as a family history of the condition or a history of brain injury.
  • Assess the impact of seizures on the patient’s daily life, including their ability to work, drive, or engage in activities.

Physical Examination

  • Perform a thorough physical examination, including a neurological assessment to identify any signs or findings indicative of epilepsy.
  • Look for any physical abnormalities or signs of neurological dysfunction that may be associated with epilepsy.

Laboratory Tests

  • Complete blood count (CBC): To rule out any underlying infections or metabolic abnormalities that may be causing seizures.
  • Electrolyte levels: To assess for any imbalances that could contribute to seizures.
  • Liver function tests: Some medications used to treat epilepsy can affect liver function, so it is important to monitor liver enzymes.
  • Kidney function tests: Certain antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are excreted by the kidneys, so assessing renal function is important for drug selection and dosing.
  • Lumbar puncture: In cases where meningitis or encephalitis is suspected as a cause of seizures, a lumbar puncture may be necessary to analyze cerebrospinal fluid.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This imaging modality is the gold standard for evaluating the structure of the brain and identifying any abnormalities that may be causing seizures.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: CT scans can be useful in emergency situations to quickly assess for any acute brain injuries or bleeding.
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): This test measures the electrical activity of the brain and can help identify abnormal patterns associated with epilepsy.

Other Tests

  • Video EEG monitoring: In cases where the diagnosis is uncertain or to capture a seizure for further analysis, video EEG monitoring may be necessary.
  • Neuropsychological testing: This can help assess cognitive function and identify any areas of impairment that may be associated with epilepsy.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor the patient’s response to treatment, adjust medication dosages if necessary, and address any concerns or questions.
  • Provide education to the patient and their family about epilepsy, including seizure first aid, medication management, and lifestyle modifications to reduce seizure triggers.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions

Medications:

Top 5 drugs for Epilepsy:

  1. Levetiracetam:
    • Cost: $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to levetiracetam.
    • Side effects: Drowsiness, dizziness, mood changes.
    • Severe side effects: Suicidal thoughts, severe skin reactions.
    • Drug interactions: None of clinical significance.
    • Warning: May cause behavioral changes or psychiatric symptoms.
  2. Lamotrigine:
    • Cost: $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to lamotrigine.
    • Side effects: Headache, dizziness, rash.
    • Severe side effects: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, liver failure.
    • Drug interactions: Valproic acid, oral contraceptives.
    • Warning: Rash may be a sign of a serious allergic reaction.
  3. Valproic acid:
    • Cost: $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Liver disease, urea cycle disorders.
    • Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, weight gain.
    • Severe side effects: Liver failure, pancreatitis.
    • Drug interactions: Lamotrigine, phenytoin.
    • Warning: Increased risk of birth defects if used during pregnancy.
  4. Phenytoin:
    • Cost: $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to phenytoin, heart block.
    • Side effects: Gum overgrowth, dizziness, drowsiness.
    • Severe side effects: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, liver damage.
    • Drug interactions: Warfarin, oral contraceptives.
    • Warning: Requires therapeutic drug monitoring due to narrow therapeutic range.
  5. Carbamazepine:
    • Cost: $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to carbamazepine, bone marrow suppression.
    • Side effects: Dizziness, drowsiness, nausea.
    • Severe side effects: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, liver damage.
    • Drug interactions: Valproic acid, phenytoin.
    • Warning: May cause serious skin reactions, including toxic epidermal necrolysis.

Alternative Drugs:

  • Topiramate: Can be used as an alternative to the above medications.
  • Oxcarbazepine: Another option for patients who cannot tolerate or do not respond to the first-line medications.
  • Gabapentin: May be used as an adjunctive therapy in certain cases.
  • Pregabalin: Can be considered for patients with partial-onset seizures.
  • Zonisamide: An option for patients with refractory epilepsy.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS): Involves implanting a device that stimulates the vagus nerve to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. Cost: $20,000-$40,000.
  • Responsive neurostimulation (RNS): Involves implanting a device that detects abnormal brain activity and delivers targeted electrical stimulation to prevent seizures. Cost: $40,000-$60,000.
  • Surgical resection: In cases where seizures are localized to a specific area of the brain, surgical removal of the affected area may be considered. Cost: $50,000-$100,000.

Alternative Interventions

  • Ketogenic diet: A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that has been shown to reduce seizure frequency in some individuals with epilepsy. Cost: Varies depending on dietary needs and restrictions.
  • Biofeedback: A technique that teaches individuals to control their physiological processes, such as heart rate and muscle tension, to reduce seizure triggers. Cost: $50-$100 per session.
  • Acupuncture: May help reduce seizure frequency and improve overall well-being. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Herbal supplements: Some herbal supplements, such as CBD oil, may have potential benefits for managing seizures. Cost: Varies depending on the specific supplement.
  • Yoga and meditation: Can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being, potentially reducing seizure triggers. Cost: Varies depending on the location and instructor.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Regular sleep patterns: Getting enough sleep and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can help reduce seizure frequency.
  • Stress management: Engaging in stress-reducing activities, such as exercise, meditation, or therapy, can help manage seizures triggered by stress.
  • Avoiding seizure triggers: Identifying and avoiding specific triggers, such as flashing lights or certain foods, can help reduce seizure frequency.
  • Regular exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity can help improve overall health and potentially reduce seizure frequency.
  • Alcohol and drug avoidance: Avoiding alcohol and recreational drugs, which can lower the seizure threshold, is important for individuals with epilepsy.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized treatment recommendations and cost estimates.

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Video instructions for using Mirari Cold Plasma Device – N88 Epilepsy (ICD-10:G40.9)

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Evening: 30 minutes
Mode setting: 7 (Immunotherapy)
Location: 1 (Sacrum)
Morning: 30 minutes,
Lunch: 30 minutes,
Evening: 30 minutes
Mode setting: 7 (Immunotherapy)
Location: 7 (Neuro system & ENT)
Morning: 15 minutes,
Evening: 15 minutes
Mode setting: 7 (Immunotherapy)
Location: 7 (Neuro system & ENT)
Morning: 30 minutes,
Lunch: 30 minutes,
Evening: 30 minutes
Mode setting: 7 (Immunotherapy)
Location: 7 (Neuro system & ENT)
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Lunch: 30 minutes,
Evening: 30 minutes
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Lunch: 90 minutes approx. $15 USD,
Evening: 90 minutes approx. $15 USD
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Note

This guide is for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Always consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified medical professional for personal advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not solely rely on the information presented here for decisions about your health. Use of this information is at your own risk. The authors of this guide, nor any associated entities or platforms, are not responsible for any potential adverse effects or outcomes based on the content.

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