Epilepsy is the most serious common neurological condition. It affects around one person in 131. There is no cure for epilepsy. It is vital that more research is carried out into the condition to help understand why it occurs, improve treatments and to discover a cure.
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Sufferers of epilepsy experience recurrent seizures. Anyone can develop epilepsy, at any age, although it's more likely to start in early childhood and after the age of 65. Individuals may develop epilepsy as a result of an illness such as stroke, or after a serious head injury, but in six out of ten cases, the cause is unknown.
There are around 40 different types of epilepsy, widely ranging in complexity and seriousness and the severity of the seizures can differ from person to person. Epilepsy is not normally life-threatening, although physical injury can occur as a result of seizures. In rare cases, epilepsy can cause sudden, unexplained death. This is known as sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which kills 500 people in the UK every year.