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Death: Epilepsy

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people (a) in total and (b) under the age of 25 have died with epilepsy being recorded as a contributing factor to the death in each of the last five years. (278133)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated June 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people (a) in total and (b) under the age of 25 have died with epilepsy being recorded as a contributing factor to the death in each of the last five years. (278133)

The attached table provides the number of deaths where epilepsy was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate for persons (a) of all ages and (b) under the age of 25 in England and Wales, for the years 2003 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Number of deaths where epilepsy1 was mentioned on the death certificate, England and Wales2, 2003-20073

Deaths (persons)

Year

All ages

Under 25

2003

2,277

195

2004

2,100

179

2005

2,269

192

2006

2,251

194

2007

2,240

175

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes G40-G41. Deaths are included where epilepsy was recorded as the underlying cause of death or mentioned anywhere else on the death certificate.

2 Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.