Children With Epilepsy

A new study from Canada has demonstrated the need for greater attention to be paid to the persistent issue of injuries arising from seizures among children with epilepsy.Carried out by Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia, the study monitored patients with all types of epilepsy, except childhood absence, from the Nova Scotia Childhood Epilepsy population-based cohort.

The aim was to document the frequency, types and risk factors for injuries caused by seizures for people with childhood-onset epilepsy, with a total of 472 individuals who had experienced seizure onset between 1977 and 1985 contacted for the research.According to results published in the medical journal Seizure, 11 per cent of those involved in the group experienced at least one serious injury during the follow-up period, for a total of 81 injuries.

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