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What is the Prognosis of Epilepsy in Children?

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In a new study published in Epilepsia, researchers found that most children with epilepsy have a favorable long-term prognosis. The study involved 413 children with epilepsy between the ages of 1 month and 16 years. The researchers followed the participants for five years, then contacted them 10 years later for a follow-up on their conditions. ]]>HealthDay News]]> reports that 70.9 percent of the participants—293 people—had been in remission from epilepsy for the last five years, with 30 percent of participants still having active epilepsy. The researchers point out that of the participants in remission, the majority had idiopathic epilepsy. HealthDay News adds that 61. 9 percent of the study's participants did not take antiepileptic drugs anymore, while 9 percent did. The researchers note that they believe that the drugs do not affect the course of epilepsy; instead, the medications suppress the occurrence of seizures.

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