March 22, 2023

Risk of Injury-Related Hospitalization Greater in Children With Epilepsy

Article published by AJMC

Risk for injuries requiring hospitalization is greater among children with epilepsy, with fracture serving as the most common cause. Findings were published in Epilepsy & Behavior Reports.

With an estimated prevalence of 4.5 to 5.0 per 1000 European children and adolescents, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder worldwide. Children with epilepsy have been shown to be injured more often than those without the condition, including risk of fractures, burns, medicinal poisonings, and drowning deaths.

“However, systematic data analyzing all injury types in children with epilepsy and the effect of the type of epilepsy on injury risk are few and controversial,” noted the researchers of this study.