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Epilepsy

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) children and (b) adults have died from an epilepsy-related cause in each of the last 10 years. (209817)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 June 2008

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many (a) children and (b) adults have died from an epilepsy-related cause in each of the last 10 years. (209817)

The most recent figures available are for deaths registered in 2006. The table below contains the number of deaths which were certified as due to epilepsy, in children aged under 16 and adults aged 16 and over, from 1997 to 2006 in England and Wales.

Number of deaths from epilepsy1 by age, England and Wales, 1997-200620 to 15 years316 years and over1997477611998428151999388282000358042001489662002469072003481,0272004489322005441,017200642976 1 Selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 345 for years up to and including 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes G40-G41 from 2001 onwards.2 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.3 Excludes deaths at ages under 28 days.