Journal article

New-onset epilepsy in the elderly

Lily Chi Vu, Loretta Piccenna, Patrick Kwan, Terence J O'Brien

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology | WILEY | Published : 2018


People who are 60 years old and older have the highest incidence of developing new-onset epilepsy. The increase of the ageing population has resulted in a greater number of patients with new-onset epilepsy or at risk of developing the condition. Previously published review articles regarding epilepsy in older patients have had a broad focus, including people who were diagnosed with epilepsy in their childhood or middle age. The present review focuses on the causes, treatment, prognosis and psychosocial impact of new-onset epilepsy in people aged ≥60 years. Following a search of the medical electronic databases and relevant references, we identified 22 studies overall that met the inclusion c..

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