We analyzed the data concerning the subjects aged 60 and over with a diagnosis of epileptic seizures, consecutively referred to our Institute from January 1994 until December 1998. Among 7202 admissions of subjects aged 60 and over; 186 subjects had a diagnosis of epilepsy (E), as the only or the main disturbance in 149 of them. E was associated with cerebrovascular disorders in 43.5% of the subjects who had multiple diagnoses. One-hundred- and-ninety (14.4%) of 1321 subjects referred to the epilepsy centre for E or isolated seizures (IS) were aged 60 and over at the time of the last assessment. The elderly group showed higher percentages of symptomatic partial E, and a higher age at onset of cryptogenic and symptomatic partial E, than the whole group of E patients. Patients aged 60 and over with partial E showed complex partial seizures and sleep-related tonic-clonic seizures in high percentages of cases.
|Translated title of the contribution||Epilepsy in the elderly: Data from the register of a neurological institute|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology