Pediatric epilepsy: The Indian experience

J Pediatr Neurosci. 2011 Oct;6(Suppl 1):S126-9. doi: 10.4103/1817-1745.85732.


Epilepsy is a common clinical entity in neurology clinics. The understanding of the genetics of epilepsy has undergone a sea change prompting re-classification by the International league against epilepsy recently. The prevalence rates of epilepsy in India are similar to those of developed nations. However, the large treatment gap is a major challenge to our public health system. Perinatal injuries are a major causative factor in pediatric group. We have discussed a few common etiologies such as neurocysticercosis and newer genetic epilepsy syndromes. We have also briefly touched upon the Indian experience in pediatric epilepsy surgery.

Keywords: Refractory epilepsy; febrile seizures; neurocysticercosis; treatment gap.