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Epilepsy in Māori children

Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disorder of childhood.

In the Wellington region Māori children are 4 times more likely to have epilepsy than non-Māori children with rates similar to low income countries.

Our aim is to describe the types of epilepsy, causes and associated disorders in Māori children and compare these to non-Māori children.

If, as is found in low income countries, the increased rate of epilepsy in Māori children is due to preventable causes such as trauma, infection and birth difficulties a focus on the prevention of these may help reduce epilepsy rates and improve Māori health.