In 2013 an international taskforce of the ILAE shaped out a communal definition of Epilepsy.(2) This definition is useful for all or most practical purposes, thus more helpful in management. Epilepsy was defined as recurrent unprovoked seizures i.e 2 or more at least 24 hours apart. The revised practical definition implies that Epilepsy can be considered even after a single seizure in individuals who have other factors predictive of a second unprovoked seizure, a risk set at 60%. The factors include the diagnosis of an epilepsy syndrome, structural lesions like stroke, CNS infections, intraparenchymal contusions after trauma, as well as reflex seizures such as photosensitive seizures.
Siddiqi, Fowzia; Ali, Shaukat; Sheerani, Mughis; Sultan, Tipu; Mustafa, Shahid; Barech, Saleem; Majid, Haris; Siddiqi, Sarwar; Malik, Abdul; Zaheer, Mohsin; Akhter, Wasim; and Jooma, Rasheed
"Epilepsy in Pakistan: national guidelines for clinicians (part 2),"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 10
, Article 12.
Available at: http://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol10/iss4/12