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Epilepsy is a common disease that affects 1 in 26 individuals in their lifetime.1 According to a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke assessment, with 2 million affected individuals, epilepsy ranks only fourth to migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer disease in the prevalence of neurological disorders. Epilepsy affects more people than autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson disease combined.2 Approximately 0.3% to 0.5% of all pregnancies are among women with epilepsy (WWE).3 The risks during pregnancy in WWE have been uncertain.4
French JA, Meador K. Risks of Epilepsy During PregnancyHow Much Do We Really Know?. JAMA Neurol. 2015;72(9):973–974. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.1356
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