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One hundred and fifty-eight epileptic patients belonging to the Nguni tribe in Transkei were interviewed and examined; electro- encephalograms (EEGs) were recorded in 104. Partial epilepsy with secondary generalized seizures was diagnosed in 59%. Head trauma appeared to be the main aetiological factor in 18%. Thirty-five percent of the EEGs taken showed epileptiform activity. The community's attitude to the disease is described.


Journal article


S Afr Med J

Publication Date





21 - 23


Adolescent, Adult, Attitude to Health, Child, Child, Preschool, Epilepsies, Partial, Epilepsy, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Rural Population, South Africa, Surveys and Questionnaires