Module 3: Assessment
Epidemiology of status epilepticus
Status epilepticus is considered a relatively common neurological emergency, with annual incidence rates estimated at 10-41 per 100,000 population (Betjemann & Lowenstein, 2015).
Epilepsy affected 128,581 individuals in Canada (2010-2011 data), and was the third most reported neurological condition after the effects of stroke and brain injury.
Mortality in adults associated with status epilepticus remains at around 20%, which has not changed over time (Betjemann & Lowenstein, 2015).
- Betjemann, J. P., & Lowenstein, D. H. (2015). Status epilepticus in adults. Lancet Neurology, 14(6), 615–624. doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(15)00042-3
- Statistics Canada. (2012). Neurological conditions, by age group and sex, household population aged 0 and over, 2010/2011. Retrieved from http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/pick-choisir?lang=eng&p2=33&id=1051300