A GP guide to the classification of seizures

The changes incorporate new data and better reflect understanding of the condition

Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain characterised by an enduring predisposition to seizures and associated neurobiological, cognitive, psychological and social consequences.


An epileptic seizure involves a change in movement or behaviour that is the direct result of a primary change in the electrical activity of the brain.

Epilepsy is the most prevalent neurological condition in children.

The median lifetime prevalence in children has been estimated to be 6.7 per 1000.1

Recent years have