Epilepsy: 2nd most common chronic neurological disease

Epilepsy affects nearly 50 million people worldwide (WHO) © Shutterstock - Billion Photos

By: Caroline Paré Follow

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On the occasion of International Epilepsy Day, which takes place on February 14, we take stock of this neurological disorder which results in seizures, caused by a transient dysfunction of cerebral nerve cells.


Epilepsy is the second most common chronic neurological disease, after migraine.

According to the WHO, it affects nearly 50 million people worldwide and affects all age groups.

Epilepsy can be treated in 70% of cases, but sufferers and their families may face stigma.

How to live with epilepsy?

Why is epilepsy still taboo?

How to fight against received ideas and the stigmatization of patients?

  • Prof. Fabrice Bartolomei

    , Head of the Epileptology and Rhythmology

    Department at the Timone Hospital in Marseille.

  • Christophe Lucas,

    the president of


    , who presents the

    Manifesto for patients and caregivers for the recognition of epilepsy


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