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Fifteen-minute consultation: Epilepsy in the child with intellectual disabilities—aetiology
  1. Denise Crozier,
  2. Katherine Martin
  1. Child Development Centre, Nottingham Children's Hospital, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katherine Martin, Child Development Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, UK; katherine.martin3{at}


Epilepsies are a relatively common group of disorders affecting children and young people. Children with intellectual disabilities have an increased risk of developing an epilepsy, and children with epilepsy are more likely to have difficulties with learning or development than those who do not have an epilepsy. Assessment in this group can be more challenging but is particularly important as it may provide information regarding a potential unifying diagnosis, prognosis and best treatment options.

  • comm child health
  • neurodevelopment
  • neurodisability
  • neurology
  • general paediatrics

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally to the writing and editing of the paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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