Door-to-door prevalence survey of epilepsy in three sicilian municipalities

Walter A Rocca, G. Savettieri, D. W. Anderson, F. Meneghini, F. Grigoletto, L. Morgante, A. Reggio, G. Salemi, F. Patti, R. Di Perri

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Abstract

A door-to-door prevalence survey of epilepsy was conducted in 3 Sicilian municipalities, as of November 1, 1987. In phase 1, the screening by questionnaire of 24,496 eligible subjects (participation = 92%) identified 544 suspected to have epilepsy. In phase 2, neurological evaluation of the 544 subjects yielded 111 with epilepsy. Of the 111 subjects, 103 (93%) had been previously diagnosed, 68 (61%) were taking antiepileptic medication, and 81 (73%) had active epilepsy. Referring to the 81 subjects with active epilepsy, the seizure type was generalized in 60 (74%), partial in 19 (23%) and undetermined in 2 (3%). The prevalence of active epilepsy (per 1,000 population) was 3.3 overall, 3.5 for men and 3.2 for women. The age-specific patterns for active epilepsy differed by sex, with higher figures for men at younger ages (5-19 years) and older ages (50-99 years). The age-specific prevalence figures for active epilepsy were lower than those from previous Italian surveys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroepidemiology
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Seizures
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Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Prevalence
  • Screening
  • Sicily
  • Survey

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  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Rocca, W. A., Savettieri, G., Anderson, D. W., Meneghini, F., Grigoletto, F., Morgante, L., ... Di Perri, R. (2001). Door-to-door prevalence survey of epilepsy in three sicilian municipalities. Neuroepidemiology, 20(4), 237-241. https://doi.org/10.1159/000054796

Door-to-door prevalence survey of epilepsy in three sicilian municipalities. / Rocca, Walter A; Savettieri, G.; Anderson, D. W.; Meneghini, F.; Grigoletto, F.; Morgante, L.; Reggio, A.; Salemi, G.; Patti, F.; Di Perri, R.

In: Neuroepidemiology, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2001, p. 237-241.

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Rocca, WA, Savettieri, G, Anderson, DW, Meneghini, F, Grigoletto, F, Morgante, L, Reggio, A, Salemi, G, Patti, F & Di Perri, R 2001, 'Door-to-door prevalence survey of epilepsy in three sicilian municipalities', Neuroepidemiology, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 237-241. https://doi.org/10.1159/000054796
Rocca WA, Savettieri G, Anderson DW, Meneghini F, Grigoletto F, Morgante L et al. Door-to-door prevalence survey of epilepsy in three sicilian municipalities. Neuroepidemiology. 2001;20(4):237-241. https://doi.org/10.1159/000054796
Rocca, Walter A ; Savettieri, G. ; Anderson, D. W. ; Meneghini, F. ; Grigoletto, F. ; Morgante, L. ; Reggio, A. ; Salemi, G. ; Patti, F. ; Di Perri, R. / Door-to-door prevalence survey of epilepsy in three sicilian municipalities. In: Neuroepidemiology. 2001 ; Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 237-241.
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