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Adult Social Outcomes of Medicated “Benign Childhood Epilepsy” Better than Other Forms of Epilepsy

109722726-happy-childhood-wealthy-adultA recent study has concluded that successfully treated rolandic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolandic_epilepsy) epilepsy leads to more positive adult social outcomes than other forms of epilepsy. Researchers from Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Canada reviewed medical records and carried out structured telephone interviews with 32 adults who developed rolandic epilepsy in childhood. Each participant was in remission and had stopped taking antiepileptic drugs, with only two minor seizure-related injuries reported by the entire cohort. Writing in the journal Neurology, they said only two-fifths (41 per cent) of patients showed one or more adverse social outcomes such as failure to complete high school, pregnancy outside of a stable relationship, unemployment or depression. Those who failed high school typically had parents with low academic achievement or low income. “The adult social outcome for children with rolandic epilepsy is remarkably better than for those with other major epilepsies and normal intelligence,” the researchers concluded.

Posted by Steve Long, Epilepsy Research UK

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