n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Managing first-time seizures and epilepsy in children : main article
|Article Title||Managing first-time seizures and epilepsy in children : main article|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town, 2 Stellenbosch University and 3 Tygerberg Children's Hospital|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||16 - 20|
An estimated 8% of the population will have a seizure at some point in their lifetime. Half of these occur during childhood, making a first-time seizure a commonly encountered problem in general paediatric practice. It is estimated that 1 in every 100 South Africans suffer from epilepsy; a small rural study in the Northern Province demonstrated an active prevalence of 6.7/1 000 children. The true burden of epilepsy in South African children is unknown but likely to be large. It is one of the most common chronic disorders managed by general practitioners, paediatricians and paediatric neurologists.
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