Journal article

The prevalence of epileptic seizures in multiple sclerosis in a large tertiary hospital in Australia.

Suyi Ooi, Tomas Kalincik, Piero Perucca, Mastura Monif

Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin | SAGE Publications | Published : 2021

Abstract

Rationale: To determine the prevalence of epileptic seizures in multiple sclerosis (MS) at an Australian tertiary hospital and to define their clinical features. Methods: We retrospectively analysed adult patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital electronically identified to have ICD codes for MS and seizures and/or epilepsy between 1996 to 2019, utilising paper and electronic-based records. Results: Of the 2,125 MS patients identified, 16 (0.75%) experienced epileptic seizures during a mean follow-up period of 12.9 years. Median age of MS diagnosis (SD) was 38 (9.3) years. Four patients had relapsing remitting MS (25%), 10 secondary progressive MS (63.5%), and 2 primary progressive MS (12.5%..

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