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Epilepsy: key points

  • Epilepsy is a complex condition but the main problem is seizures (convulsions or fits). There are over 40 different seizure types and epilepsy syndromes. Some affect only part of the brain (partial seizures) while others affect the whole brain (generalised seizures). 
  • Epilepsy is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in Scotland.
  • Data from general practice registers in Scotland in 2013/14 indicate that around 0.8% of the population (around 41,000 people) had a diagnosis of epilepsy recorded by their GP.
  • Reports from a sample of around 60 Scottish practices indicate that in 2012/13 an estimated 30,270 patients (0.55% of those registered) consulted a GP or practice nurse at least once because of epilepsy.

Section updates:

  • The last major update of this section was completed in March 2016.
  • The next major update is due to be carried out by end December 2016.
Page last updated: 22 December 2016

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