Quick Facts about Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy is a broad term used for a brain disorder that causes seizures.
  • There are many different types of epilepsy. There are also different kinds of seizures.
  • Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures.
  • Epilepsy affects about 2.3 million adults and 467,711 children 0-17 years of age in the United States.
  • About 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lives.
  • About 150,000 new cases of epilepsy will be diagnosed in the United States each year.
  • Epilepsy results in an estimated annual cost of $15.5 billion in medical costs and lost or reduced earnings and production.

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