Epilepsy Fast Facts

  • Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that causes seizures
  • 1 in 26 people have epilepsy
  • Seizures can look like staring spells, be convulsive or cause loss in muscle tone and falls
  • 470,000 children in the US have epilepsy
  • 30% of epilepsy patients are unable to be controlled with medicine and live with seizures daily
  • You can die from epilepsy, this is called SUDEP
  • 1 out of 1000 people with epilepsy die from SUDEP each year
  • Many people with epilepsy have multiple seizure types
  • In 20% of children epilepsy is just a symptom of another underlying disorder

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