Epilepsy in African Americans

Section Overview

Woman with nurseAccording to the US Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 637,000 African Americans have been told that they have epilepsy or a seizure disorder.

Over 20,000 African Americans are diagnosed with seizures each year.

Studies in 2005 and 2010 found that African Americans were 60% less likely to receive surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy compared to Caucasians.