Treatment and long-term follow-up of cats with suspected primary epilepsy

Akos Pakozdy, Ali Asghar Sarchahi, Michael Leschnik, Alexander G. Tichy, Peter Halasz, Johann G. Thalhammer

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We report an evaluation of the treatment and outcome of cats with suspected primary epilepsy. Phenobarbital therapy was used alone or in combination with other anti-epileptic drugs. Outcome after treatment was evaluated mainly on the basis of number of seizures per year and categorised into four groups: seizure-free, good control (1-5 seizures per year), moderate control (6-10 seizures per year) and poor control (more than 10 seizures per year). About 40-50% of cases became seizure-free, 20-30% were considered good-to-moderately controlled and about 30% were poorly controlled depending on the year of treatment considered. The duration of seizure events after treatment decreased in 26/36 cats and was unchanged in eight cats. The subjective severity of seizure also decreased in 25 cats and was unchanged in nine cats. Twenty-six cats had a good quality of life, nine cats an impaired quality of life and one cat a bad quality of life. Despite being free of seizures for years, cessation of treatment may lead to recurrence of seizures in most cats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 28 2013


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  • Small Animals

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