UK Witnesses Fall in Child Epilepsy Rates

by Savitha C Muppala on  February 7, 2013 at 12:16 AM Child Health News
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A recent study has found good improvement in the rates of children being diagnosed with epilepsy in the last decade.

The report is the result of analysis of GP records to evaluate whether the rate of children receiving treatment for epilepsy has changed over time.
UK Witnesses Fall in Child Epilepsy Rates
UK Witnesses Fall in Child Epilepsy Rates

The research revealed a marked improvement in the number of children diagnosed with epilepsy by five years of age. Further, the annual rate of identification of new cases also decreased over time.

The research showed that the number of children born between 2003 and 2005, who were treated for epilepsy by the age of five were atleast one -third lesser than children born around a decade earlier

This is also due to the fact that clinicians are in a better position to diagnose epilepsy, therefore the chances of misdiagnosis is few and far between.

Researchers also believe that the introduction of the meningitis C vaccine in 1999 may have done its trick in reducing the risk of serious brain infections . This is a significant risk factor for childhood epilepsy.

Source: Medindia

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