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One hundred and fifty-eight epileptic patients belonging to the Nguni tribe in Transkei were interviewed and examined; electro- encephalograms (EEGs) were recorded in 104. Partial epilepsy with secondary generalized seizures was diagnosed in 59%. Head trauma appeared to be the main aetiological factor in 18%. Thirty-five percent of the EEGs taken showed epileptiform activity. The community's attitude to the disease is described.

Type

Journal

South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde

Publication Date

07/1984

Volume

66

Pages

21 - 23

Keywords

Humans, Epilepsy, Epilepsies, Partial, Questionnaires, Attitude to Health, Adolescent, Adult, Middle Aged, Child, Child, Preschool, Rural Population, South Africa, Female, Male