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Epilepsy in the Elderly 

Epilepsy in the Elderly
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Epilepsy in the Elderly
Author(s):

Trevor T.-J. Chong

and Wendyl D'Souza

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199659043.003.0018
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date: 02 July 2022

Epilepsy has traditionally been thought of as a disease of the young, primarily affecting infants, children and adolescents. Increasingly, however, epilepsy is becoming recognized as a common disorder of the elderly. Within that population, it is the third most common neurological disease, after cerebrovascular disease and the dementias. Epilepsy today is therefore more a disease of old age, and our aging population will see it evolve into an increasingly important public health issue. Furthermore, although the phenomenon of population ageing is evident for high-income countries, the changing global economic landscape will also see it become an important consideration for low and middle-income countries (LAMIC). In this chapter, we aim to provide a concise and practical reference to guide the treatment of the elderly patient with epilepsy.

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