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  • Updated 10.14.2009
  • Released 10.14.2009
  • Expires For CME 10.14.2012

Epilepsy: treatment in low and middle income countries

Introduction

Overview

About 80% of persons with epilepsy inhabit low and middle income countries (LMICs). Studies have shown that up to 70% of newly diagnosed children and adults with epilepsy are successfully treated with antiepileptic drugs. In lower income regions, up to 75% of people with epilepsy may not receive the treatment they need. The treatment gap in these regions needs to be narrowed to decrease morbidity and mortality due to epilepsy.

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