Informed patients were significantly more likely than others to experience a full resolution of their seizures.
BOSTON—Patients diagnosed with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures who understood and were satisfied with their diagnosis were more likely to show improvement or even be seizure-free one year postdiagnosis, researchers from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Epilepsy Group reported at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.
Jason Bisping, MD, and colleagues included 30 adults who were diagnosed with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures at the Minnesota Epilepsy group between 2006 and 2007. The researchers tracked patients’ clinical course via telephone interview at 18 months postdiagnosis. Of the subjects contacted, 80% said their seizures had improved in frequency or intensity since diagnosis, and 43% reported that they were presently seizure-free.