Epilepsy in poor regions of the world

  title={Epilepsy in poor regions of the world},
  author={Charles Rjc Newton and H{\'e}ctor H Garc{\'i}a},
  journal={The Lancet},

Commentary: Epilepsy is a Global Problem

A crossnational analysis of epilepsy treatment gap determinants found that even among resource-limited regions, people with epilepsy in countries with fewer economic, health care, neurology, and epilepsy-specific resources are more likely to have untreated epilepsy.

Epilepsy in Asia: Disease burden, management barriers, and challenges

The burden of epilepsy in Asia, the challenges faced by people with epilepsy, and the management of epilepsy are reviewed, with a focus on low-income countries with limited resources.

Quality of Life and Stigma in Epilepsy, Perspectives from Selected Regions of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

A review of the psychosocial impact of epilepsy focuses on regions of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa that have been analyzed with population study approaches to determine the prevalence of epilepsy, treatment gaps, as well as factors impacting psychossocial function of PWE and their families.

A Brief Overview of Epilepsy with Emphasis on Children

Proper diet and sleep may decrease the chances of seizures in children with epilepsy, and simple lifestyle changes can decrease the likelihood of a brain injury that leads to seizures and epilepsy.

Incidence, Remission and Mortality of Convulsive Epilepsy in Rural Northeast South Africa

Efforts aimed at further understanding what causes epilepsy in older people and developing interventions to reduce prolonged seizures are likely to reduce the overall burden of ACE in rural South Africa.

The epileptic multifactorial patient’s burden. Review of the topic

The burden that PWE face must be considered by all people involved in the management of their epilepsy, and the causes may be multifactorial, all interconnected and each one influencing the others.

Saving lives by treating epilepsy in developing countries

The epidemiology of epilepsy-associated mortality in LAMICs is of great relevance, as more than 85% of those with epilepsy live in resource-limited countries.



Challenges in the management of epilepsy in resource-poor countries

A substantial proportion of the current burden of epilepsy in resource-poor countries could be minimized by educating the public about positive features of life with epilepsy, informing primary and secondary physicians about current trends in the management of epilepsies, scaling up routine availability of low-cost antiepileptic drugs, and developing cost-effective epilepsy surgery programs.

Epidemiology of epilepsy in developing countries.

The epidemiology of epilepsy in developing countries in terms of its incidence, prevalence, seizure type, mortality data, and etiological factors is reviewed.

Understanding the differences in prevalence of epilepsy in tropical regions

It is important to standardize the process of epidemiologic monitoring of epilepsy in order to improve the reliability in data comparison and to avoid underestimating the prevalence of epilepsy, even in well‐conducted studies.

Etiologies of epilepsy: a comprehensive review

A comprehensive search for peer-reviewed articles for all etiologies (genetic/structural/metabolic) to be significant for both the developing and the developed world as well as routine clinical/epidemiology practice is carried out.

Epilepsy surgery: challenges for developing countries

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Status epilepticus in resource‐poor countries

A significant proportion of people with epilepsy in RPC have an episode of CSE, usually in childhood and often as the first reported seizure, which may account for the increased incidence and prevalence of epilepsy in these regions.