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Review ArticleDrug Therapy

Antiepileptic Drugs

List of authors.
  • Martin J. Brodie, M.D.,
  • and Marc A. Dichter, M.D.

At a conservative estimate, 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. The annual incidence ranges from 20 to 70 cases per 100,0001 and the point prevalence is 0.4 to 0.8 percent.2 The incidence rates are highest in childhood, plateau from the age of 15 to 65 years, and rise again among the elderly. Overall, 5 percent of persons report a seizure at some time in their lives. This figure excludes febrile convulsions, which occur in approximately 5 percent of children. These data suggest that there is a substantial rate of remission, even among persons who never receive treatment with an antiepileptic . . .

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Funding and Disclosures

We are indebted to Ms. Anne Somers and Ms. Moya Dewar for expert secretarial assistance.

Author Affiliations

From the Epilepsy Research Unit, University Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland (M.J.B.), and the Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia (M.A.D.).

Address reprint requests to Dr. Brodie at the Epilepsy Research Unit, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT, Scotland.

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