Skin condition linked to epilepsy

Posted Nov 17 2010 in Conditions related to epilepsy

Patients suffering from the debilitating skin disease bullous pemphigoid (BP) could be more prone to develop epilepsy, according to new research.

A report led by staff at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals studied the relationship between BP and four neurological diseases, including cerebrovascular disease, dementia, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.

The research, published in the latest Archives of Dermatology journal, revealed that 46 per cent of BP patients had at least one neurological disease, compared to just 11 per cent of those who were not affected by the disease.

Furthermore, twice as many BP patients had epilepsy than the control patients who did not suffer from the skin ailment.

Kathy Taghipour, MD, MRCP, from Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, wrote in the report: "We have demonstrated that there is a significant association between bullous pemphigoid and neurologic disorders and that neurologic disease may be a predisposing factor for bullous pemphigoid."

BP predominantly affects the elderly, with an estimated incidence of 43 per million a year in the UK. 

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