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Epilepsy: key references and evidence


Banerjee PN, Filippi D, Allen Hauser W. The descriptive epidemiology of epilepsy—A review. Epilepsy Research 2009; 85: 31–45.

Brodie MJ, Kwan P. Epilepsy in elderly people. BMJ 2005;331:1317-22.

Forsgren L., Beghi E., Oun A. et al. The epidemiology of epilepsy in Europe - a systematic review. European Journal of Neurology 2005;12 (4): 245-53.   This review estimates that the prevalence of active epilepsy is 4.5-5.0 per 1000 among children and adolescents in Europe, six per 1000 among those aged 20-64 years and seven per 1000 among those aged 65 years and older. Based on European studies annual incidence rates were estimated at 70 per 100,000 among children and adolescents, 30 per 100,000 among those aged 20-64 years and 100 per 100,000 among those 65 years and older.

Sander J. The epidemiology of epilepsy revisited. Curr Opin Neurol 2003;16:165-170.

Wallace H, Shorvon S, Tallis R. Age-specific incidence and prevalence rates of treated epilepsy in an unselected population of 2 052 922 and age-specific fertility rates of women with epilepsy. Lancet 1998; 352:1970-73


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