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ISSN: 2168-975X

Brain Disorders & Therapy
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Epilepsy in Elderly

Qing Zhao1,2 and Jin Jun Luo1,3*
1Department of Neurology, Temple University School of Medicine, 3401 North Broad Street, Suite C525, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
2Linzi District Maternal and Child Health Hospital, 123 Dashun Road, Linzi,Zibo, Shandong, PR 255400, China
3Department of Pharmacology, Temple University School of Medicine, 3401 North Broad Street, Suite C525, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
Corresponding Author : Luo JJ
Departments of Neurology and Pharmacology
Temple University School of Medicine, 3401 North Broad Street
Suite C525, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
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Received December 27, 2013; Accepted March 12, 2014; Published March 17, 2014
Citation: Zhao Q, Luo JJ (2014) Epilepsy in Elderly. Brain Disord Ther 3:115. doi:10.4172/2168-975X.1000115
Copyright: © 2014, Luo JJ et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Advance technology and life science significantly prolongs human’s lifespan. The prolonged longevity enables people to enjoy longer life but adversely increases the mortality and morbidity of aging-related disorders which may, in turn, devalue the quality of late life. Of the aging-related neurological conditions, increased incidence and prevalence of convulsive disorders, namely seizures or epilepsies, have been documented in literature. Epilepsy is the third most common neurological condition after dementia and stroke among the elderly. Multiple risk factors cause the elderly to be prone to develop seizures or epilepsies, including advanced aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, neurodegenerative diseases, brain tumors, obstructive sleep apnea, and obesity. In this article, we highlight the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations of elderly seizures.

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