Importance of access to epilepsy monitoring units during the COVID-19 pandemic: consensus statement of the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.

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Restructuring of healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to lockdown of epilepsy monitoring units (EMUs) in many hospitals. The ad-hoc taskforce of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) highlights the detrimental effect of postponing video-EEG monitoring of patients with epilepsy and other paroxysmal events. The taskforce calls for action for continued functioning of EMUs during emergency situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Long-term video-EEG monitoring is an essential diagnostic service. Access to video-EEG monitoring of the patients in the EMUs must be given high priority. Patients should be screened for COVID-19, before admission, according to the local regulations. Local policies for COVID-19 infection control should be adhered to during the video-EEG monitoring. In cases of differential diagnosis in which reduction of antiseizure medication is not required, home video-EEG monitoring should be considered as an alternative in selected patients.

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Cited Authors

  • Beniczky, S; Husain, A; Ikeda, A; Alabri, H; Cross, JH; Wilmshurst, J; Seeck, M; Focke, N; Braga, P; Wiebe, S; Schuele, S; Trinka, E

Published Date

  • August 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 533 - 536

PubMed ID

  • 34266813

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8447159

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1950-6945

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1684/epd.2021.1292

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • France