Predictors of incident epilepsy in older adults

Neurology Journal
February 28, 2017 vol. 88 no. 9 870-877

Hyunmi Choi, MD, MS, Alison Pack, MD, MPH, Mitchell S.V. Elkind, MD, MS, W.T. Longstreth Jr, MD, MPH, Thanh G.N. Ton, MPH, PhD and Frankline Onchiri, PhD


Objective: To determine the prevalence, incidence, and predictors of epilepsy among older adults in the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS).

Methods: We analyzed data prospectively collected in CHS and merged with data from outpatient Medicare administrative claims. We identified cases with epilepsy using self-report, antiepileptic medication, hospitalization discharge ICD-9 codes, and outpatient Medicare ICD-9 codes. We used Cox proportional hazards regression to identify factors independently associated with incident epilepsy.


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