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95% epileptics don’t receive treatment, says study

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Times Of India
01 October 2012
New Delhi, India.

Nearly 95% people with epilepsy in India don’t receive any treatment. Anti–epileptic drugs aren’t available to almost 50% patients in the public sector with less than 40% actually receiving generic medicines instead of the expensive branded ones.

Neurocysticercosis (parasitic disease of the nervous system) is responsible for about 30% of seizure disorders in the Indian subcontinent. Epilepsy is often associated with substantial stigma, with most people with epilepsy less likely to be sent to school, find employment or marry. Around 14 people per 1,000 population (median lifetime prevalence) are expected to suffer from epilepsy in countries like India with higher estimates in children and young adults, and in rural areas. These are the findings of a study by University of Oxford and published in the British medical journal The Lancet on Friday. More than 85% of the global burden of epilepsy occurs in low–income countries including India.

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Brain surgery brings relief to epilepsy patient

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The Hindu
16 july 2012


Chairman of Kovai Medical Center and Hospital Nalla G. Palaniswami (second right) explains the epilepsy surgery done on V. Raj Prabhu (second left) in the city on Saturday. Photo: K.Ananthan

V. Rajprabhu had to discontinue his engineering course and take up job catering job. But, he had to quit his job soon because of severe seizures. He was on multiple anti–convulsion drugs but, they were not of much help. The patient was identified with left temporal lobe sclerosis and required the removal of a scar in the brain to check seizures.

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