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

Sándor Beniczky*, Aatif Husain, Akio Ikeda, Haifa Alabri, J. Helen Cross, Jo Wilmshurst, Margitta Seeck, Niels Focke, Patricia Braga, Samuel Wiebe, Stephan Schuele, Eugen Trinka

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Abstract

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 to continue functioning of Epilepsy Monitoring Units 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 where reduction of antiseizure medication is not required, consider home video-EEG monitoring as an alternative in selected patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2248-2250
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Neurophysiology
Volume132
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy monitoring unit
  • Video-EEG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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