Prevalence, incidence, and classification of epilepsy in the Faroes


  • Poul Joensen

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    1. Department of Medicine, and the EEG Laboratory, Landsssjúkrahúsiò, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, and the Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Poul Joensen, M.D. Department of Medicine Landssjúkrahúsiò DK-3800 Tórshavn Faroe Islands


ABSTRACT In a retrospective study covering 11 years (1970-80) the annual incidence of epilepsy in the isolated population of the Faroes (approx. 43,000 inhabitants) was found to be 42 per 100,000. The prevalence of all types of epileptic seizures has been found to be 763 per 100,000 on prevalence day, December 31, 1980. The relative frequency of different types of epilepsy in accordance with the International Classification of Epilepsies (1969) is reported.