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Falls, faints and funny turns are all common reasons for older people to present to primary care, A&E, acute medical teams, elderly medicine, neurology and cardiology services. Some of these people have epilepsy.
Epilepsy can be a difficult diagnosis to make with certainty. There are dangers of missing the diagnosis or of making the diagnosis incorrectly.
This guide focuses on key steps in the differential diagnosis of a patient with possible epilepsy, key features of the specific treatment of established epilepsy and a basic strategy for care for older people presenting with symptoms that could be due to epilepsy.