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Seizure disorders are very common and represent the most common cause of referrals to pediatric neurology. Epilepsy, defined as recurrent unprovoked seizures, is also common with a frequency of 4-8 cases per 1000 children. In Saudi Arabia, inherited neurological disorders, including epilepsy and genetic epilepsy syndromes, are more common because of the(More)
OBJECTIVE Topiramate (TPM) is a new antiepileptic drug, which has a wide spectrum of activities suggesting a potentially valuable therapeutic profile. Our objective is to report our experience in treating children with intractable epilepsy. METHODS Prospective, open label, add on trial of TPM in treating consecutive children with intractable epilepsy(More)
Planning strategies to encourage students to pursue a career in pediatric neurology requires assessment of their attitudes and career choices. A structured 30-item questionnaire was designed to examine students' attitudes toward pediatric neurology. In the study, 161 final-year medical students (1999-2000), 20-26 years of age (mean, 23 years of age) were(More)
OBJECTIVE Neurological disorders are common in Saudi Arabia and the demand for trained neurologists is strong. We aimed to study the impressions and experiences of general physicians in the neurology field and examine their referral practices. METHODS We included attendees of the `neurology for non-neurologists` symposium, which took place from 14-15(More)
Pediatric neurology is considered a relatively new and evolving subspecialty. In Saudi Arabia, neurologic disorders in children are common, and the demand for trained pediatric neurologists is strong. The aim was to study the perception of the pediatric neurology specialty among practicing generalists and their referral practices. Attendees of a symposium(More)
Many students, residents and generalists consider examining the nervous system as one of the most difficult parts of the physical examination. Certain problems frequently face the junior physician including organizing a complete examination in a short period, and consistently eliciting the physical signs. Certainly, repeated examinations and experience play(More)
OBJECTIVE Developmental and behavioral (DB) disorders are commonly encountered in the general pediatric and neurology practices. There is a strong demand for trained developmental pediatricians and child psychiatrists in our region. In this study, we aimed to study practitioner`s experiences in dealing with these disorders and their referral practices. (More)
OBJECTIVE Early myoclonic encephalopathy (EME) is a rare epileptic syndrome characterized by neonatal onset of severe recurrent seizures of multiple types often resistant to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Topiramate (TPM) is a new AED, which has a wide spectrum of antiepileptic activities suggesting a potentially valuable therapeutic profile. There is limited(More)