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Is epilepsy most common at any particular age?

Epilepsy can start at any age, but is most common among young children and among the elderly.

Roughly half of all epilepsy patients are children. Older people who have the disorder often develop it because of other neurological conditions, such as dementia or stroke. People who are older than 75 years old face the greatest risk of developing epilepsy.

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