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Is primary generalized epilepsy the worst type?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
No: Epilepsy is either without known cause or related to an identifiable cause. Unknown cause may present in childhood, be easy to control, and be genetic in type. Identifiable cause is often partial type seizures and more difficult to control with association with serious medical disease. Primary generalized is usually unknown cause. Secondary generalized is usually identifiable with bad outcome.
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 30 years experience
Not necessarily.: Some primary generalized epilepsy syndromes are often quite easy to treat (JME for example). Some partial-onset epilepsies can be quite hard. It all depends upon the particulars.

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