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1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime.
Epilepsy affects over 2 million people in the USA, and 160,000 of them live in and around LA County. That is more than the number of people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease -- combined.
An estimated 50,000 deaths occur each year in the USA from status epilepticus (prolonged seizures), Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy, and other seizure-related causes, such as drowning and other accidents. That is more than the number of deaths due to breast cancer each year.
In children, uncontrolled seizures can damage the developing brain and result in mental retardation, sever functional limitations and even death. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to maximizing long-term prognosis but, unfortunately, effectivetreatment of children with epilepsy is significantly hampered by a continuing shortage of specialists in pediatric neurology and epilepsy.