Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754

Full Length Research Paper

Pseudoepilepsy among adult Sudanese epileptic patients

Abbashar Hussein Mohmad1*, Mohammed Osman Gadour2, Faroug Yassien Omer2, Ahmad B. M. Ali3, Omer el-Adil4, Ahmed Hamad5, Amira Sidig Abdulgalil6, Esam Mahmoud Ahmad7 and Mohmad Malk Aldar7
1Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Neurology Section, University of Khartoum, Sudan. 2Islamic University of Omdurman, Sudan. 3Department of Medicine, University of Elnilin, Sudan. 4Department of Medicine, University of international Africa, South Africa. 5Department of Medicine, University of Bahr-Elgazal, Sudan. 6Department of Community, University of Elnilin, Sudan. 7Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan.
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  •  Accepted: 11 August 2010
  •  Published: 04 September 2010

Abstract

This non interventional descriptive study was conducted at El shaab Teaching Hospital during the period of Feb 2004 to Aug 2008, 720 adult Sudanese epileptic patients were included in the study, during the period of the study, 40 non epileptic patients (NES) were seen in the outpatient clinic with abnormal movement and were diagnosed as pseudoepilepsy. Forty (10 M; 30 F) patients with NES, 720 (390 M; 330 F) patients with epilepsy and 40 (15 M; 25 F) control subjects were recruited. Our preliminary results confirm previous researches showing that NES typically manifest between 20 and 30 years of age and that approximately three-quarters of all patients were women. The incidence of childhood sexual abuse varies considerably (10%), likewise the incidence of cerebral pathology (5%), the sexual coloring of the attack (4%); the frequency of psychogenic seizures combined with epilepsy (50%), the number of patients with pseudoepilepsy who remain on anticonvulsive medication (50%). All patients with pseudoepilepsy had normal EEG (electroencephalogram)and normal serum prolactin level. Pseudoepilepsy is not uncommon among adult Sudanese epileptic patients.                                    

 

Key words: Pseudoepilepsy, Sudanese epileptic patient.