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A review of the epidemiology of temporal lobe epilepsy.
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PMID:  22957234     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Partial-onset epilepsies account for about 60% of all adult epilepsy cases, and temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the most common type of partial epilepsy referred for epilepsy surgery and often refractory to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Little is known about the epidemiology of TLE, because it requires advanced neuroimaging, positive EEG, and appropriate clinical semiology to confirm the diagnosis. Moreover, recently recognized incidentally detected mesial temporal sclerosis in otherwise healthy individuals and benign temporal epilepsy indicate that the true epidemiology of TLE is underestimated. Our current knowledge on the epidemiology of TLE derives from data published from tertiary referral centers and/or inferred from population-based studies dealing with epilepsy. This article reviews the following aspects of the epidemiology of TLE: definitions, studies describing epidemiological rates, methodological observations, the interpretation of available studies, and recommendations for future studies.
Jose F Téllez-Zenteno; Lizbeth Hernández-Ronquillo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-12-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy research and treatment     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  2090-1356     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsy Res Treat     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-07     Completed Date:  2012-09-10     Revised Date:  2013-03-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101576602     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Res Treat     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  630853     Citation Subset:  -    
Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Royal University Hospital, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 0W8.
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