One in ten community epilepsy patients injured annually
People with epilepsy have a 10% per annum chance of sustaining an injury while having a seizure, an Australian study shows.
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.
While 9.9% reported an