2. Classifying Epileptic Seizures and the Epilepsies

  1. John W. Miller MD, PhD Director, UW Regional Epilepsy Center, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery2 and
  2. Howard P. Goodkin MD, PhD The Shure Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology3
  1. Valeria M. Muro and
  2. Mary B. Connolly

Published Online: 10 JAN 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118456989.ch2



How to Cite

Muro, V. M. and Connolly, M. B. (2014) Classifying Epileptic Seizures and the Epilepsies, in Epilepsy (eds J. W. Miller and H. P. Goodkin), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118456989.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Neurology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Author Information

  1. Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, British Columbia's Children's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JAN 2014
  2. Published Print: 14 FEB 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118456941

Online ISBN: 9781118456989



  • seizures;
  • epilepsy;
  • classification;
  • etiology


New nomenclature was created in 2010 to expand and clarify the terminology used in clinical practice to classify epileptic seizures and epilepsies. This system remains imperfect and will continue to require refinement as new knowledge emerges. Correct classification is essential for understanding this complex and diverse condition and for correct decisions regarding its evaluation and management.