Title

Prevalence and risk factors for active convulsive epilepsy in Kintampo, Ghana

Document Type

Article

Department

Faculty of Health Sciences, East Africa

Abstract

Introduction:

Epilepsy is common in sub-Saharan Africa, but there is little data in West Africa, to develop public health measures for epilepsy in this region.

Methods:

We conducted a three-stage cross-sectional survey to determine the prevalence and risk factors for active convulsive epilepsy (ACE), and estimated the treatment gap in Kintampo situated in the middle of Ghana.

Results:

249 people with ACE were identified in a study population of 113,796 individuals. After adjusting for attrition and the sensitivity of the screening method, the prevalence of ACE was 10.1/1000 (95% Confidence Interval (95% CI) 9.5-10.7). In children aged< 18 years, risk factors for ACE were: family history of seizures

Publication

Pan African Medical Journal

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