Incidence of epilepsy is now higher in elderly people than childrenBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.780 (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:780
- Alex D Everitt, Research registrar in neurology,
- Josemir W Sander, Senior lecturer in neurology
- Epilepsy Research Group, Institute of Neurology, London WC1N 3BG
EDITOR—We were surprised by Neville's statement, in his review on epilepsy in childhood, that “epilepsy starts in childhood in 60% of cases.”1 Although this was possibly the case more than 20 years ago, recent evidence suggests otherwise.
The United Kingdom national general practice study of epilepsy, a prospective population based study, found that in 564 definite incident cases recruited between 1984 and 1987, only 25% of patients were aged under 15. …