One in ten community epilepsy patients injured annually

And warning signs do not seem to help

People with epilepsy have a 10% per annum chance of sustaining an injury while having a seizure, an Australian study shows.

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Data from 819 patients in the Tasmanian Epilepsy Register, enabled statistics to be calculated for falls, burns, fractures and near-drownings of community-dwelling patients, 70% of whom were treated in primary care.

The median age was 47 years and participants had had epilepsy for a median of 22 years when they were interviewed using a detailed questionnaire in financial year 2001-2.

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