Short- and long-term outcomes of immediate and delayed treatment in epilepsy diagnosed after one or multiple seizures

Sameer Sharma, Zhibin Chen, Maria Rychkova, John Dunne, Judy Lee, Nicholas Lawn, Patrick Kwan

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Abstract

Objectives: To compare the outcomes between immediate and deferred treatments in patients diagnosed after one or multiple (two or more) seizures. Methods: Our observational study investigated seizure recurrence and 12-month seizure remission in patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy, comparing immediate to deferred treatment in patients diagnosed after one seizure or after two or more seizures. Results: Of 598 patients (62% male, median age 39 years), 347 (58%) were treated at diagnosis and 251 (42%) received deferred or no treatment. Seizure recurrence was higher with deferred treatment both in patients diagnosed after two or more seizures (n = 363; adjusted hazard ratio [aHR] = 2.38, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.79–3.14, p < 0.001) and after one seizure (n = 235; aHR = 1.41, 95% CI: 0.995–1.99, p = 0.05). Cumulative seizure recurrence rates at two years in patients diagnosed after two or more seizures were 73% with deferred treatment and 49% with immediate treatment (risk-factor-corrected number-needed-to-treat [NNT] = 4), and in those diagnosed after one seizure the rates were 60% and 51% (NNT = 8). Of 380 patients with eligible follow-up (median 4.3 years), 287 (76%) had been in seizure remission for at least one year and 211 (56%) remained in remission at last follow-up. Long-term remission rates were similar between immediate and deferred treatments, and between patients diagnosed after one seizure and those with two or more seizures. Significance: Immediate rather than deferred treatment was less likely to influence seizure recurrence in patients diagnosed with epilepsy after a single seizure than in those diagnosed after two or more seizures, and showed no differences in long-term seizure freedom.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107880
Number of pages7
JournalEpilepsy & Behavior
Volume117
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Deferred treatment
  • Recurrence
  • Seizure-remission

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