Journal article

Mortality and morbidity of patients with treated and untreated epilepsy in New Zealand

Kristen Joy Hamilton, Zhibin Chen, Andrew Tomlin, Patrick Kwan

Epilepsia | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether delayed or no treatment was associated with increased mortality and morbidity risks in people with newly diagnosed epilepsy. METHODS: We examined New Zealand hospitalization and antiseizure medication prescription data from 2007-2015. Mortality and hospital-diagnosed morbidities were compared between patients immediately treated after epilepsy diagnosis, treated after a delay, or untreated for the duration of follow-up, adjusted for age, sex, and ethnicity. RESULTS: Three thousand three hundred sixty-six patients (54.7% male, median age = 37.5 years) were included and followed up for a median of 3.39 years. A total of 3123 (92.8%) patients were treated immed..

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