Importance of prompt diagnosis in pediatric epilepsy outcomes

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Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders affecting individuals worldwide [1]. Every year in Canada, 15,500 individuals are diagnosed with epilepsy [2]. The incidence of pediatric epilepsy in Canada is 41 per 100,000 children per year [3]. The diagnosis of childhood epilepsy can involve a lengthy waiting period between the first seizure and the first appointment with a medical professional (Brodie et al., 2012; Dragoumi et al., 2013). In emergency situations, patients can receive medical assessment by a physician who is not specialized.

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