Epilepsy is misdiagnosed in 90 000 people a year in England and WalesBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7573.824-a (Published 19 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:824
- Roger Dobson
Each year more than 90 000 people in England and Wales are wrongly given a diagnosis of epilepsy, a new study has estimated. This scale of misdiagnosis may be resulting in unnecessary costs of as much as £138m (€205m; $257m) a year, it says.
The study, which was published ahead of print publication on 29 September in Seizure (http://www.sciencedirect.com, doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2006.08.005), says that diagnosing epilepsy is difficult and that misdiagnosis occurs in one in four cases, largely as a result of patients being seen by medical practitioners who are not specialists in …
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