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Epilepsy 

Epilepsy
Chapter:
Epilepsy
Author(s):

Anthony B. Ward

, Michael P. Barnes

, Sandra C. Stark

, and Sarah Ryan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550524.003.0024
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date: 22 September 2019

Background 382

Neuropsychological assessment and support 384

Social aspects of epilepsy 386

Epilepsy is common. Around 1% of the entire population will suffer at least one non-febrile seizure during their lives. The overall prevalence is around 5000 per 100 000 population with an incidence of around 50 per 100 000 population per annum. It is the most common disabling neurological condition in both adults and children. It is not a condition that is often seen by a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team. Epilepsy is intermittent and normally people function perfectly well in between fits without any associated disability. The management of epilepsy is normally restricted to a neurological service supported by specialist regional centres. Around the UK there are three residential establishments for people with persistent and intractable epilepsy....

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