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Med. J. Cairo Univ., Vol. 79, No. 2, March: 115-127, 2011 A Case Control Study of Epileptic School Children, Assiut Governorate, Upper Egypt ETEMAD A.A. EL-SHEREEF, M.D.*; TAGHREED A. MOHAMED, M.D.*; MOHAMED A. ABDALLAH, M.D.*; MOHAMED A. EL-TORKEY, M.D.** and EMAD EL-DEEN M. HAMMAD, M.D.*** The Departments of Public Health & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut* and South Valley** Universities and Neuropediatric Unit, Pediatric University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University*** Abstract Introduction Objective: To study the socio-demographic characteristics of epileptic school children and the risk factors for epilepsy in the study area. EPILEPSY is the most common serious neurological disorder and is one of the world's most prevalent non-communicable diseases. It is estimated that the condition affects approximately 50 million people, around 40 million of them live in developing countries [1] . In Egypt, about 840,000 people have epilepsy. This means that about one million Egyptian families directly suffer from the various consequences of the condition – physically, socially and economically [2] . Study Design: Case-Control study. Setting: Two primary and one preparatory school children, Assiut Governorate, Upper Egypt. Subjects: The target population were basic education (primary and preparatory schools) epileptic school children. Matched controls for epileptic children were taken from the same schools. ...
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