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Who Is Affected by Epilepsy

Epilepsy most often begins in early childhood or after age 65 but can develop at any age. About 2 million people in the United States have epilepsy.1 Epilepsy affects men slightly more often than women.


  1. Ropper AH, Samuels MA (2009). Epilepsy and other seizure disorders. In Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 9th ed., pp. 304–338. New York: McGraw-Hill.
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Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
Last Revised August 26, 2011

Last Revised: August 26, 2011

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