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Epidemiological Study of Epilepsy in Yazd-Iran

Mahmood Vakili, Abolghasem Rahimdel, Sima Bahrami

Mahmood Vakili
Community medicine department, Shahid Sadoughi university of medical sciences, Yazd-Iran

Abolghasem Rahimdel
Neurology department, Shahid Sadoughi university of medical sciences, Yazd-Iran

Sima Bahrami
Shahid Sadoughi university of medical sciences, Yazd-Iran. Email: dr.bahramis0631@gmail.com
Online First: October 09, 2016 | Cite this Article
Vakili, M., Rahimdel, A., Bahrami, S. 2016. Epidemiological Study of Epilepsy in Yazd-Iran. Bali Medical Journal 5(1): 162-165. DOI:10.15562/bmj.v5i1.324


Background: Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder. This study was aimed to investigate the epidemiological features of epilepsy patients admitted to neurology ward of Shahid Saddoughi hospital, Yazd, Iran.  Methods: In an epidemiological descriptive study the data of 121 epilepsy patients admitted in neurology ward of hospital during 2015 and 2016 was gathered from hospital records and telephone contacts with patients or their families in some cases. The gathered data was analyzed trough SPSS16 and by using descriptive statistics. Results: 50.4% of studied patients were in the age group below 10 years old and 57% of them were female. The majority of research sample (84.3%) had less than high school education. The type of disease was generalized tonic-colonic epilepsy in 76% of patients. In 49.6% of studied patients, epilepsy was idiopathic and 87.7% of them had been admitted in hospital due to seizure. Also a single drug treatment had been prescribed for 60.3% of studied patients. Conclusion: Based on our results in the studied population the prevalence of epilepsy is more common among children, females and people with lower education. Also, the general and idiopathic types of epilepsy are more common. 

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