oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Epilepsy in African hospital practice

Volume 16, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Epilepsy is a common disease amongst Africans. One hundred and thirty-two new cases were seen during 1967. In the majority, fits started between the ages of 11 and 40 years. Males outnumbered females by nearly two to one. There was a positive family history in only 12 per cent. Ninety-five per cent. had generalised convulsions, and in these focal signs and symptoms were common (38.6 per cent.). Of the remainder, two had only petit mal and one only focal fits. Of radiological investigations, X-ray of thighs gave the greatest number of positive results. E.E.G.s were abnormal in 74 per cent. of cases in which this investigation was done. Very little helpful information was obtained from other investigations in the vast majority of cases.

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