Seven key changes to epilepsy terminology

"Convulsion” is one of several epilepsy terms slated for retirement in the first overhaul of seizure classifications since 1989.

The term is simply too ambiguous for medical usage, says the International League Against Epilepsy, although it admits the term will undoubtedly persist in popular language to describe motor activity during a seizure.

The league’s major update of epilepsy classification takes into account recent advances such as the discovery of hundreds of genes for epilepsy, new imaging techniques and a better understanding of how genetic mutations affect abnormal function.

Lead author Professor Ingrid Scheffer, a paediatric neurologist at Melbourne’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental