• Vol. 42 No. 3, 108–109
  • 15 March 2013

Epilepsy: Looking Beyond Seizures


World Epilepsy Day falls on 26 March 2013. As we observe this important date in Singapore, it is perhaps instructive to take a step back to review epilepsy as a disease, to reflect on progress made, and as yet unresolved challenges.

Epilepsy is a fairly common disease affecting 5 to 10 out of every 1000 persons worldwide; the prevalence in Singapore is much the same. It contributes significantly to
the global burden of disease. Despite many new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), about 25% to 30% of people with epilepsy (PWE) continue to have seizures; such refractory epilepsy
continues to have significant impact on quality of life.

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