Epilepsy in pakistan: national guidelines for clinicians
Introduction Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological disorders requiring prolonged treatments and drugs. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), epilepsy is one of those serious brain disorders that affect not only the individual but has a deep impact on the family and society in general. Approximately 50 million people are affected with epilepsy around the world36, though proper epidemiological studies do not exist for Pakistan it is estimated that the prevalence of epilepsy is 9.99/1000. Highest prevalence is seen in people younger than 30 years of age, i.e. about 2 million people and 1/10th of the world burden of epilepsy is in Pakistan! The guidelines available in developed countries are gauged in a setting where epilepsy care is provided by epileptologists/neurologists. In Pakistan the scenario is different, there is only one neurologist for 1.4 million (14lac) population contrast to US where one neurologist for 26 thousand people 29. So there is a desperate need to adapt to alternate guidelines with strategies to provide epilepsy management at a primary care level and to standardize epilepsy care on a National level.