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Statistics on Seizure Disorders

More than two million people in the United States -- about 1 in 150 -- have experienced an unprovoked seizure or been diagnosed with a seizure disorder. For about 80 percent of those diagnosed with a disorder, seizures can be controlled with modern medicines and surgical techniques.
 
However, about 20 percent of people with a disorder will continue to experience seizures even with the best available treatment. Doctors call this situation intractable epilepsy.
 

A Summary

Many people with a seizure disorder lead productive and outwardly normal lives. Medical and research advances in the past two decades have led to a better understanding of seizure disorders. Advanced brain scans and other techniques allow greater accuracy in diagnosing the condition and determining when a person may be helped by surgery.
 
Research on the underlying causes of a seizure disorder, including identification of genes for some forms and febrile seizures, has led to a greatly improved understanding of these conditions and may lead to more effective treatments, or even new ways of preventing seizure disorders in the future.
 
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