Incidence of epilepsy is now higher in elderly people than children

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.780 (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:780
  1. Alex D Everitt, Research registrar in neurology,
  2. Josemir W Sander, Senior lecturer in neurology
  1. 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. …

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