Number of epilepsy cases predicted to rise

Posted Apr 22 2013 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

The prevalence of epilepsy is expected to increase significantly between 2012 and 2022.

According to the EpiCast Report: Epilepsy – Epidemiology Forecast to 2022 from Research and Markets, the number of people with the condition is set to rise by at least one million from 17,542,651 last year to 18,565,967 in 2022.

Data were analysed across seven major markets – the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and the US – as well as emerging sectors such as China and India.

Given that the forecast methodology was consistent across the nine markets, it is likely the findings can be trusted and provide a meaningful comparison of the patient populations in each nation.

Key risk factors for the neurological disorder were also studied and these included head trauma, brain malformations, stress and photosensitivity, while the links between epilepsy and age, treatment gap and gender were also measured.

The condition – which affects around 50 million people globally every year – is one of the most common neurological disorders and is characterised by unpredictable seizures.

Posted by Steve Long

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