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Antiepileptic drug withdrawal risk calculator
  1. Francesco Brigo1,2
  1. 1 Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement Science, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  2. 2 Department of Neurology, Franz Tappeiner Hospital, Merano, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Francesco Brigo, Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement, University of Verona, Piazzale L.A. Scuro, 10 - 37134 Verona, Italy; dr.francescobrigo{at}gmail.com

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It is often challenging to predict the risk of seizure recurrence after withdrawal of antiepileptic medication in people with epilepsy who are currently seizure free. One can obtain a quantified estimate of such risk using the ‘prognostic index for recurrence of seizures within one and two years after continuing antiepileptic drug treatment or starting slow withdrawal,’ derived from results of the 1991 ‘Medical Research Council study for antiepileptic drug withdrawal.’1 Until recently I would manually enter all information required by this prognostic index into a Microsoft Excel table …

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