n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Managing first-time seizures and epilepsy in children : main article

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



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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