Epidemiology of different types of epilepsy in school age children of Modena, Italy

Epilepsia. 1980 Feb;21(1):57-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1980.tb04044.x.

Abstract

An epidemiologic study of epilepsy in school age children has been carried out in Modena, Italy, during the period 1968 to 1973. The prevalence of epileptics aged 5 to 14 years varied between 3.98% and 4.91%. The accession rate varied between 60 and 98 cases /100,000. The primary generalized epilepsies represent 30.8%, the epilepsies with rolandic spike foci 23.9%, the other types of partial epilepsy 42.1%, and the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome 3.2%. Of the 178 epileptics diagnosed during school age, 159 have been followed for at least 4 years, with recovery in 55% of the cases and tendency to improve in 24%.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Epilepsies, Myoclonic / epidemiology
  • Epilepsy / epidemiology*
  • Epilepsy / etiology
  • Epilepsy, Absence / epidemiology
  • Epilepsy, Tonic-Clonic / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Prognosis