An unknown quantity--the worldwide prevalence of epilepsy.

  title={An unknown quantity--the worldwide prevalence of epilepsy.},
  author={Gail S. Bell and Aidan Neligan and Josemir W. Sander},
  volume={55 7},
The reported incidence (rate of new cases in a population) of epilepsy is consistently lower in high-income than in lower-income economies, whereas opinions vary regarding comparative prevalence rates (proportion of the population with epilepsy). For any condition that does not influence mortality, lifetime prevalence should approximate to the cumulative incidence. We suspected that epilepsy prevalence might be uniform throughout the world, whereas incidence is higher in resource-poor countries… CONTINUE READING
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