About 1% of Ukrainian people suffer from epilepsy – the Antiepileptic League meets in Uzhgorod

More than 250 neurologists from all over Ukraine gathered today in Uzhgorod for the XVI Conference of the Antiepileptic League to discuss the latest treatments for epilepsy. These are not only known drug schemes, but also a revolutionary new method of surgical treatment, which until recently was unknown in Ukraine.    

According to the chief doctor of Transcarpathian Regional Center of Neurosurgery and Neurology Volodymyr Smolanka our region was one of the first in Ukraine where successful surgeries, which allowed to treat epilepsy, were made. 

According to official statistics in Ukraine there are about 100,000 adults and children suffering from epilepsy, but experts say the real figure is five times higher – in fact, 1% of the population has this ailment.

Epilepsy is caused by abnormal and very high electrical activity of nerve cells of the brain, which results in a discharge leading to seizures.

Following the conference, which will last three days, a few resolutions regarding treatment protocols will be made. Also the participants will discuss the formation of nationwide registry of patients with epilepsy, which would show the actual number of such patients in Ukraine, the need for antiepileptic drugs and thus improve the quality of treatment.  

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