Comorbidities (Other Related Conditions)

Epilepsy is a complex disorder. There are some conditions that are more commonly found in people with epilepsy than in the general population. Epilepsy does not necessarily cause these other conditions, and these other conditions do not necessarily cause epilepsy. These are called co-morbidities or co-occurring conditions.

Here are some of the conditions more common in people with epilepsy:

  • Musculoskeletal System Disorders
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Respiratory System Disorders
  • Chronic Pain Disorders
  • Migraine
  • Arthritis/Rheumatism
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Fractures
  • Allergies
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug Abuse
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavior Disorders (between seizures)
  • Psychosis of Epilepsy
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Learning Disability
  • Memory Challenges
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Intellectual Development Disorder
  • Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia

Reprinted from the Epilepsy Implementation Task Force’s Recommendations in the Management of Epilepsy in Adults and Children.


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