Volume 2004, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • E-ISSN: 2227-0426


The medical records of 219 epileptic patients seen over a period of eight years were reviewed to determine the incidence and causes of intractable epilepsy amongst adults in Qatar: The incidence rate of hospital admission with uncontrolled epilepsy was calculated as 25per 100,000persons. Thirty-nine patients (18%) fulfilled the criteria for IE and the incidence of IE could be approximated at 4.5 per 100,000 persons. In the native Qatari population the approximated incidence of IE would be 1 in 100,000 persons per year, while in the expatriate population the rate would be 3.5 per 100,000 persons per year. The most common type of IE was idiopathic generalized epilepsy (75%) followed by symptomatic epilepsy (19%) and temporal lobe epilepsy (6%). To calculate the crude incidence of epilepsy in Qatar, the records were reviewed of 1217patients (aged 13-85 years) visiting the outpatient department or admitted to hospital because of a newly diagnosed epilepsy during the calendar year, 1st January-31st December 2001. These figures were extrapolated to an approximation of an incidence of 174 in 100,000 persons per year.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Epidemiology , Epilepsy , Incidence and Intractable epilepsy
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