Epilepsy and driving: keeping the status quo

The current driving restriction of six months following a first seizure is warranted, says an Australian expert.

Writing in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry this month Perth neurologist Dr Nicholas Lawn said driving restrictions following a first seizure varied between countries and was influenced by many factors including the community perception of an acceptable level of risk for an accident - the accident risk ratio or ARR.

In Australia a six-month driving restriction is recommended following a provoked or unprovoked first

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