Epileptic seizures and epilepsies in the elderly: epidemiological features Volume 21, issue 3, juillet-août-septembre 2009


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Service de neurologie et d’explorations fonctionnelles neurologiques, hôpital Rangueil, TSA 50032, 31059 Toulouse cedex 09, France, 20, route de Narbonne, 11200 Thézan-des-Corbières, France

The incidence of seizure and new-onset epilepsy is higher among the elderly, the most rapidly growing segment of the population, than in any other age group. And seizures may be under-diagnosed because of misleading clinical presentation. Principal causes for acute symptomatic seizures are stroke, metabolic and toxic troubles. New-onset epilepsy in elderly patients is typically cryptogenic or symptomatic partial seizures. Previous stroke and dementias are the most common underlying problems.