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There are many interesting facts about seizures and epilepsy that can best be explained using numbers. Patients often want very exact information, and for many important issues, research has yielded very precise quantification. The following is a list of interesting and important numbers pertinent to those with seizures:
1-2% of the world’s population has epilepsy
9% of people will have at least one seizure in their lifetime
If you have a first seizure in your life, what is the chance you will have a second seizure in the next two years?
If you have had 2 or more seizures in your life, what is the chance that you will have more seizures?
Percentage of patients with epilepsy who do NOT have an identified reason for their seizures (unknown category):
If you have the first seizure in your life, what is the percent chance your seizures will be completely controlled?
The typical seizure lasts 30-60 seconds.
30 minutes: This is the duration of essentially continuous seizure activity required to meet criteria for status epilepticus. Status epilepticus is prolonged seizure activity that can be severe and even life-threatening.
Approximately 50 million people have epilepsy, worldwide.
3/4 of people in developing countries do not get the treatment that they need.
Dates are numbers (of course!). Here are some dates that are very important in the history of epilepsy:
LATEST UPDATE: 6/6/2011