1. Epidemiology and Common Comorbidities of Epilepsy in Childhood

  1. James W. Wheless
  1. Jay Salpekar1,
  2. Matthew Byrne2 and
  3. Georgann Ferrone1

Published Online: 1 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119998600.ch1

Epilepsy in Children and Adolescents

Epilepsy in Children and Adolescents

How to Cite

Salpekar, J., Byrne, M. and Ferrone, G. (2012) Epidemiology and Common Comorbidities of Epilepsy in Childhood, in Epilepsy in Children and Adolescents (ed J. W. Wheless), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119998600.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Department of Pediatric Neurology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Neuroscience Institute, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 2

    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 23 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470741238

Online ISBN: 9781119998600



  • pediatric epilepsy;
  • epidemiology;
  • comorbidities;
  • associations;
  • psychiatric


Epilepsy is a common illness in childhood, and the epidemiology has been well described. However, epilepsy is also complex and controversial in terms of optimal methods for diagnosis and treatment. Classification schemes for seizures have been refined over the years and improved treatment options have allowed better outcomes for children with epilepsy. Understanding of comorbidity, particularly psychiatric comorbidity, has also improved over recent years, yet in many cases, it is difficult to resolve whether psychiatric illness is coincidental or associated with the underlying seizure disorder. This chapter addresses the incidence and prevalence of childhood epilepsy and strategies for identifying and managing common psychiatric comorbidities.