Childhood Epilepsy Triples the Long Term Mortality Risk
By Dr. Nithin Jayan — From medindia.net February 2, 2011 545 1
Onset of epilepsy during childhood triples the long term mortality risk, suggests a recently published study in a medical journal. Epilepsy is a condition characterized by recurrent seizures. It is perhaps the second most common chronic neurological condition seen by neurologists. Three to five per cent of the population have a seizure at some stage in their life. The risk for death related to epilepsy remains unclear. Patients with uncontrolled seizures are supposed to suffer a high mortality rate. Seizures controlled by medication or surgery apparently do not increase the long term risk of death.