Mimics of Epileptic Seizures

Ambar Chakravarty

Salient Feature:

  • A comprehensive text addressing almost all conditions mentioned by the International League Against Epilepsy as Imitators of Epilepsy in 2017.
  • A total of 22 chapters and 23 commentaries along with several illustrative case studies included.
  • Practical aspects of differentiating epileptic seizures from their imitators are highlighted in problem-oriented manner.
  • The commentaries provide an analytical discourse to selected issues raised by the authors in the chapters preceding them.
  • Contributors include renowned neuroscientists from India and abroad.
  • Suitable for general neurologists, epileptologists, physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and trainees in “medicine, neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry”.
  • Several interesting videos of unusual seizures and seizure lookalike have been incorporated.


Chapter 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 15 and 22 have videos.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Sir William Richard Gowers (1845-1915) and the Borderland of Epilepsy: A Tribute
Chapter 2: Seizure Diagnosis and the Mimics: An Introduction
Chapter 2A: Commentary: Seizure Diagnosis and Evaluation in the Era of Coronavirus Disease 2019
Chapter 2B: Commentary: A Note on Carotid Sinus Syncope
Chapter 2C: Commentary: Geriatric Seizure Mimics: A Problem Oriented Approach
Chapter 3: Syncope and Reflex Anoxic Seizure: Neurological Perspectives and Evaluation
Chapter 3A: Commentary: Why are Elderly People More Susceptible to Syncopal Attacks? Key Issues Which Need Addressing
Chapter 4: Unusual Seizures: Which May not Look Like Seizures
Chapter 4A: Commentary: A Note on Ecstatic and Orgasmic Seizures
Chapter 4B: Commentary: Self-induced Seizures and Seizure Look Alikes
Chapter 5: Mimics of Nonconvulsive Status Epilepticus
Chapter 6: Cerebrovascular Mimics of Epileptic Seizures
Chapter 6A: Commentary: The Three Musketeers: Great Mimickers of Epileptic Seizures
Chapter 7: Migraine and Epilepsy
Chapter 8: Sleep Disorders Mimics of Epilepsy
Chapter 8A: Commentary: Utility of Sleep in Seizure Diagnosis
Chapter 9: Movement Disorder Mimics of Epileptic Seizures
Chapter 9A: Commentary: Epilepsy and Movement Disorders: The Other Side of the Coin and Beyond
Chapter 9B: Commentary: Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures and Psychogenic Movement Disorders - Are They Really Different?
Chapter 10: Endocrine and Metabolic Mimics of Epileptic Seizures
Chapter 10A: Commentary: Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State for the Neurologist
Chapter 10B: Commentary: Hashimoto's Encephalopathy: A Diagnosis not to be Missed
Chapter 11: Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
Chapter 11A: Commentary: A Note on the Psychopathology of Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
Chapter 11B: Commentary: Psychogenic Seizures: Why Women?
Chapter 11C: Commentary: Spell Induction: Pros and Cons
Chapter 11D: Commentary: The Problem of Coexisting Epileptic and Nonepileptic Seizures
Chapter 12: Hysteria—Changing Concepts on the Nature of the Beast: Through Centuries
Chapter 13: Psychiatric Mimics of Epileptic Seizures: Part 1—Episodic Dyscontrol Syndrome: The Concept
Chapter 14: Psychiatric Mimics of Epileptic Seizures: Part 2—Epilepsy, Rage, Tantrums, and Violence
Chapter 15: Mimics of Epileptic Seizures in Pediatric Practice
Chapter 15A: Commentary: Pitfalls in Diagnosis of Epilepsy: Focus on Epilepsies in Children
Chapter 15B: Commentary: Benign Childhood Focal Epilepsies: Mimics and Chameleons
Chapter 15C: Commentary: Head Drops in the Young—Epileptic or Non-epileptic?
Chapter 16: Falls and Drop Attacks in the Elderly
Chapter 16A: Commentary: My Falls: An Introspection
Chapter 16B: Commentary: Drop Attacks in the Young: Focus on Orthostasis
Chapter 17: Hyperventilation Syndrome
Chapter 18: Panic Disorders and Epilepsy
Chapter 18A: Commentary: Postural Tachycardia Syndrome and Panic: How are they Related and Mimic Epileptic Seizure?—A Brief Note
Chapter 18B: Commentary: A Note on Ictal Fear (Panic)
Chapter 19: Epilepsy and Vertigo
Chapter 20: Visual Illusions and Hallucinations of Central Origin and Their Differentials
Chapter 21: Seizures and Seizure Look Alikes in Multiple Sclerosis
Chapter 22: Utility and Pitfalls of Video-electroencephalography in Diagnosis of Difficult and Unusual Epileptic Seizures
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