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Article: A prevalence study of epilepsy in Hong Kong

TitleA prevalence study of epilepsy in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsEpilepsy
Hong Kong
Prevalence
Seizures
Issue Date2003
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org/resources/supp.html
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 2003, v. 9 n. 4, p. 252-257 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives. To examine epidemiological data on epilepsy for the Hong Kong west region. Design. Descriptive study. Setting. Epilepsy clinic, university teaching hospital, Hong Kong. Patients and methods. The epilepsy clinic of Queen Mary Hospital manages the majority of adult patients (aged 15 years or older) with chronic seizure disorders resident in the Hong Kong west area with an adult population of 475 900. All patients underwent electroencephalography examination and each subject was independently assessed by two epileptologists for diagnosis and classified according to the International League Against Leaoue Epilepsy recommendations. Results. Seven hundred and thirty-six patients (female, 42.9%; male, 57.1%; mean age, 40.8 years; standard deviation, 13.6 years) with epilepsy were enrolled in the study. The prevalence rate of active epilepsy in the population 15 years or older was estimated at 1.54 per 1000 on 1 January 2002. Two hundred and eighty-five (38.7%) patients had idiopathic epilepsy syndromes, 100 (13.6%) had cryptogenic epilepsy, and 285 (38.7%) had a remote symptomatic aetiology. Seizure type was partial in 408 (55.4%) patients and generalised in 285 (38.7%). Thirty-one (4.2%) patients had a positive family history. Idiopathic generalised epilepsy syndromes described as common in the literature, such as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and childhood absence epilepsy, were infrequently seen at 0.68% and 0.95% of cases, respectively. Conclusions. This study provides baseline data for epilepsy service development and research in Hong Kong. The prevalence rate of active epilepsy in this Chinese, adult population was low compared with that reported in other developed countries. Further population-based epidemiological research is indicated to confirm the prevalence of seizure disorders in this locality.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/45130
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dc.contributor.authorFong, GCYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMak, Wen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheng, TSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, KHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFong, JKYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, SLen_HK
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dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 2003, v. 9 n. 4, p. 252-257en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708en_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjectives. To examine epidemiological data on epilepsy for the Hong Kong west region. Design. Descriptive study. Setting. Epilepsy clinic, university teaching hospital, Hong Kong. Patients and methods. The epilepsy clinic of Queen Mary Hospital manages the majority of adult patients (aged 15 years or older) with chronic seizure disorders resident in the Hong Kong west area with an adult population of 475 900. All patients underwent electroencephalography examination and each subject was independently assessed by two epileptologists for diagnosis and classified according to the International League Against Leaoue Epilepsy recommendations. Results. Seven hundred and thirty-six patients (female, 42.9%; male, 57.1%; mean age, 40.8 years; standard deviation, 13.6 years) with epilepsy were enrolled in the study. The prevalence rate of active epilepsy in the population 15 years or older was estimated at 1.54 per 1000 on 1 January 2002. Two hundred and eighty-five (38.7%) patients had idiopathic epilepsy syndromes, 100 (13.6%) had cryptogenic epilepsy, and 285 (38.7%) had a remote symptomatic aetiology. Seizure type was partial in 408 (55.4%) patients and generalised in 285 (38.7%). Thirty-one (4.2%) patients had a positive family history. Idiopathic generalised epilepsy syndromes described as common in the literature, such as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and childhood absence epilepsy, were infrequently seen at 0.68% and 0.95% of cases, respectively. Conclusions. This study provides baseline data for epilepsy service development and research in Hong Kong. The prevalence rate of active epilepsy in this Chinese, adult population was low compared with that reported in other developed countries. Further population-based epidemiological research is indicated to confirm the prevalence of seizure disorders in this locality.en_HK
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dc.subjectEpilepsyen_HK
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dc.subjectSeizuresen_HK
dc.subject.meshEpilepsy - epidemiology - etiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - epidemiologyen_HK
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dc.subject.meshCatchment Area (Health)en_HK
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