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First Uploaded: 30/11/-0001
Last Revision: 23/04/2014
Expiry Date: 22/04/2015
Relevant for: Dentist, Hygienist, Therapist, Dental Nurse, Technician


Epilepsy is a common chronic neurological disorder characterised by recurrent unprovoked seizures. These seizures are transient signs and/or symptoms of abnormal, excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. About 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, with almost 90% of these people being in developing countries. Epilepsy is more likely to occur in young children, or people over the age of 65 years; however, it can occur at any time.


  • After working through this article you should be able to:
  • describe the diagnosis of epilepsy.
  • describe the treatment of an epileptic fit.
  • discuss when an epileptic patient should be referred to hospital.

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