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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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Competing interests FB has received speaker honoraria from Eisai and PeerVoice, payment for consultancy from Eisai, and travel support from Eisai, ITALFARMACO and UCB Pharma.
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