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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-25

Pattern of epilepsy patients visiting in a psychiatry outpatient department

1 Department of Medicine, Chattagram Maa Shishu O General Hospital, Agrabad, Chittagong, Bangladesh
2 Department of Psychiatry, Chattagram Maa Shishu O General Hospital, Agrabad, Chittagong, Bangladesh

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Rajat Sanker Roy Biswas
Department of Medicine, Chattagram Maa Shishu O General Hospital, Agrabad, Chittagong
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_30_18

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Introduction: Little is known about the epilepsy patients attending in a psychiatry outpatient department (OPD) in the context of Bangladesh. Hence, the aim of our study was to see the frequency and pattern of patients of epilepsy attending in a psychiatry OPD in our context. Methods: One-year patient data were explored from January 2016 to December 2016 recorded in a register book of the psychiatry OPD by consultants themselves and data were extracted manually. The diagnosis was collected, and data were analyzed by Microsoft Xcel. Results: Among the total of 1474 patients visiting the OPD in the year 2016 at the psychiatry OPD, total epilepsy cases were found in 209 (14.2%) patients. Among them, generalized tonic–clonic seizure was found 144 (9.8%), absence seizure 38 (2.6%), partial seizure 5 (0.3%), temporal lobe epilepsy 4 (0.3%), myoclonus 1 (0.1%), and unclassified 17 (1.2%). Electroencephalography confirmation was done in 60 cases which was 4.1% of total patients. Hence, confirmed cases of epilepsy were 4.1%, and probable cases were 10.1% of total patients attending OPD. Conclusion: In conclusion, we can say that visiting of epilepsy patients in a psychiatry OPD is a common behavior and we need to develop expertise in this field more.

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