Spotlight on Driving and epilepsy

Epilepsy affects driving capability due to the paroxysmal nature of the disorder and associated impaired cognition, which may result in loss of vehicle control. Among people with medication-resistant epilepsy, restriction from driving is universally accepted as a means to protect the public and the people with epilepsy themselves from driving-related accidents. State and federal regulators weigh individual needs versus the potential safety issues and make judgments depending on local factors. The period of restriction varies widely, as there are no clear scientific data to indicate a standard duration. Physicians play an important role in the medical opinion, counseling, and decision-making regarding driving privileges for people with epilepsy.

In this article, Dr. Appaji Rayi, Dr. Muhammad Taimoor Khan, and Dr. Konark Malhotra of West Virginia University Charleston Division and Dr. David Gloss, Director of Epilepsy of the Geisinger Health System, provide an overview of issues related to driving for people with epilepsy.

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