Prevalence and potential causes of epilepsy in Nigeria

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Family Medicine (East Africa)


We read with interest the report by Osakwe et al. (Osakwe et al., 2013) purporting to have estimated and compared prevalence rates and potential causes of epilepsy in two distinct settings in Nigeria. While this is commendable given the dearth of epilepsy data from Nigeria, we have some concerns arising from methodological issues. The definition and categories of epilepsy investigated are not provided. It is known that the prevalence of life-time epilepsy differs (and is higher) from that of active epilepsy (Ngugi et al., 2010).

Publication (Name of Journal)

Epilepsy Research