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Neuropsychological assessment in epilepsy
  1. Sallie Baxendale
  1. Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Institute of Neurology, London WC1N 3BG, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sallie Baxendale, ESRC Epilepsy Society, Buckinghamshire SL90RJ, UK; s.baxendale{at}


The role of the neuropsychological assessment in the management of people with epilepsy has evolved considerably over the past 25 years. This paper describes some of the most common applications of a neuropsychological assessment in the diagnosis, management and treatment of people with epilepsy. It describes the factors that influence the interpretation of neuropsychological test scores in this patient group and outlines the limitations of the investigation. It gives guidelines for the optimal timing of a referral, together with timelines and indications for reassessment, and provides a checklist to help the referring clinician get the most from a neuropsychological assessment for their patients with epilepsy.

  • epilepsy
  • epilepsy, surgery
  • memory
  • neuropsychology
  • cognition

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  • Competing interests SB received a speaker honorarium for a presentation at an epilepsy meeting funded by UCB in November 2015.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by John Paul Leach, Glasgow, UK.

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