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JAMA. 1978 Jun 23;239(25):2674-5.

Increased prevalence of seizure disorders among prisoners.


In an effort to determine the prevalence of seizure disorders among persons confined to jails and prison, the prescription rates for anticonvulsant medications in ten Illinois correctional institutions were surveyed. The institutions housed 12,030 persons at the time of the survey. Analysis of the results of the survey suggests a point prevalence of seizure disorders of 1.9% among the Illinois prison and jail population. This estimated prevalence of seizure disorders is approximately three times higher than among middle-class nonprisoner populations on which previous epidemiologic studies of epilepsy have been based. Special programs and resources for the detection, treatment, and prevention of seizure disorders among prisoners appear necessary. Provisions to ensure continuity of care after release from incarceration are also needed.

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