ISNR Webinar: Detection of Isolated Epileptiform Discharges in the EEG: The Most Undervalued Service that qEEG Professionals Provide
When: Friday, September 29, 2023 at 12:00noon Eastern time
Presenters: Mary L. Tracy, PhD and Ronald Swatzyna, PhD
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The WHO estimates that more than 50 million people live with epilepsy worldwide. In the US alone, 1.2 % of the population or about 3.4 million people have epilepsy. The sole reason that an individual would normally receive a referral to a hospital or a neurologist for epilepsy screening is if someone has witnessed that they have had a motor seizure. However, it is not uncommon for qEEG professionals to detect isolated epileptiform discharges (IED’s) during routine EEG assessments in the absence of a history of motor seizures. Almost all isolated epileptiform discharges can be contributing factors to neuropsychiatric presentations with cognitive, emotional, or behavioral symptoms like ADHD, ASD, psychosis, and emotional dysregulation. Along the lines of psychiatric medication management, one of the presenters (Dr. Swatzyna) suggests that “EEGs offer augmented intelligence” to help psychiatrists make more accurate evaluations based on the presence of IEDs in the patient’s EEGs. For these reasons, qEEG professionals provide a unique and valuable service to their clients when they discover isolated epileptiform discharges associated with presenting symptoms in the absence of motor seizures. Referral to medical professionals such as neurologists and epileptologists helps the client to gain access to medical treatment and medication management that would otherwise not have been warranted. Knowing when to refer out for epilepsy screening is another criterion for all qEEG professionals to acknowledge and practice in their clinical responsibilities. Along these lines, we all need to establish more cooperative relationships with medical professionals who may assist our clients/patients after the discovery of isolated epileptiform discharges.
If you cannot attend the live webinar, all paid registrants will receive a recording of the webinar. However, CE credits are only available for attending the live presentation. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1 CE hour. Purchase CE Certificate HERE. CE Certificate is a separate fee of $10.00 for 1 CE hour.