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Title
Onchocerciasis-associated epilepsy, an additional reason for strengthening onchocerciasis elimination programs
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Abstract
A high prevalence of epilepsy has been observed in onchocerciasis-endemic regions with high onchocerciasis transmission. Recent epidemiological studies suggest that Onchocerca volvulus infection is the trigger causing the seizures, which appear in previously healthy children between the ages of 3 and 18 years. Persons with onchocerciasis-associated epilepsy present with a wide spectrum of seizures, including atonic and myoclonic neck seizures; but also absences and most frequently generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Often individuals present with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders and occasionally with 'Nakalanga' features such as severe stunting with delayed or absent external signs of sexual development. Onchocerciasis-associated epilepsy, because of its importance as a public health problem, is an additional reason for strengthening onchocerciasis elimination programs.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Trends in parasitology. - London
Publication
Oxford : Elsevier sci ltd , 2018
ISSN
1471-4922
Volume/pages
34 :3 (2018) , p. 208-216
ISI
000426213900007
Pubmed ID
29288080
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 29.03.2018
Last edited 21.08.2021
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