Epilepsy in the new century

Andrew F Bleasel
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb06953.x
Published online: 1 August 2005

Treatment has advanced, but a stigma still surrounds this disorder

Epilepsy affects some 120 000 to 200 000 Australians. It is defined as a disorder with recurrent unprovoked seizures, but 4%–5% of the population may experience at least one seizure at some point in their lives.1 About half the people who develop epilepsy present in the first two decades of life. A second peak occurs in people older than 60 years.

  • Andrew F Bleasel

  • Department of Neurology, Westmead Hospital, Wentworthville, NSW.



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